After a disappointing 2020 season, things were looking bright for Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL 2021. They had made a good addition to their squad in the form of Moeen Ali, their beloved Chinna Thala Suresh Raina was back, while Ravindra Jadeja also recovered from his injury.
But given how they played against Delhi Capitals in their first match of the season, it will be safe to say that the ghosts of 2020 haven’t left them. With the hopes of getting their first points on the board, they will now take on Punjab Kings, a team that has already opened their account. The game against Rajasthan Royals went to the last ball, but the Kings eventually managed to hold on to their nerves and get the job done.
Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Wankhede Stadium
Date & Time: 16th April, 7:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium has been a batsman’s paradise. There’s very little for the bowlers to work with. The pitch won’t be changing character and hence, batting second should be the way forward for both teams. The playing conditions would be clear with the temperature around the 29 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity would mostly be in the mid and high-50s.
Avg first innings score: 182 (Last 9 IPL T20s at the Wankhede)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 3, Tied – 1
Head To Head: PBKS 9 – 14 CSK.
The head-to-head record is in favour of CSK, especially since 2015, with the Chennai franchise winning 6 of their 8 encounters against PBKS in that period. CSK also won both their encounters against PBKS in the last IPL.
Suresh Raina is ruling the charts as far as the top batsman in the clashes between two teams are concerned. He has scored the most runs (711), followed by MS Dhoni (525) and Faf du Plessis (481). Raina’s only IPL century has also come against the Punjab team. Among the bowlers, Dwayne Bravo
Last season results:
Despite having a lacklustre performance last season, CSK won both their league games against Punjab in IPL 2020. In fact, CSK broke their initial streak of 3 consecutive losses by winning a game against Punjab dominantly by 10 wickets. Punjab had set a target of 179 runs for CSK with the help of a half-century from captain KL Rahul, but it was not enough for Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis.
In the second match, Punjab had to register a win for confirming their spot in the playoffs but CSK crushed their hopes. Punjab scored 153/6 in the first innings with the help of a fine fifty from Deepak Hooda. CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 62 runs off 49 balls in the chase to help the team win by 9 wickets in 18.5 overs.
Probable Playing XIs for PBKS vs CSK:
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C and WK), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Murugan Ashwin/Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Top Picks for PBKS vs CSK Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batsmen
Suresh Raina proved why his absence from the CSK squad was the prime reason behind their downfall by playing a fantastic knock of 54 runs in his first game back in yellow. He took only 36 deliveries to score those runs.
Faf du Plessis was dismissed for a duck in the last match, but he still is one of the main pillars for CSK. With 449 runs, he was CSK’s leading run-scorer in the last season.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Sam Curran played a match-turning cameo of 34 runs from only 15 deliveries in the last game. In his last game before the IPL, he played a remarkable knock of 95 runs against India. His job now will be to be more clinical with the ball in hand.
CSK promoted Moeen Ali to the top-order in the last game and it did pay off for them. The all-rounder scored 36 runs from 24 deliveries.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Mohammad Shami played a game after a long break, but it seemed as if the PBKS pacer was never out of the game. He picked up 2 crucial wickets for KL Rahul’s team and will be aiming to have a similar influence in this game.
While Shami did his part with the ball, it was the young Arshdeep Singh who turned the game on its head. The youngster picked up 3 wickets, which included the all-important wicket of Sanju Samson in the final delivery of the game.
Dwayne Bravo was CSK’s standout bowler against the Capitals as he picked up one wicket and gave away 28 runs. Against Punjab, the veteran has picked up 22 wickets from the 55 overs he has bowled. Moreover, an average and economy of 19.36 and 7.75 respectively show that he tastes success while bowling to the PBKS batters. CSK would be hoping for a decent show for the pacer.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
KL Rahul doesn’t have overly great numbers against CSK, having scored 292 runs at an average and strike rate of 36.50 and 126.96 with a top score of 71. But at the Wankhede Stadium, he has notched 310 runs thus far at an average of 103.33 with a top score of an unbeaten 100. In the previous game against the Royals, he got a 50-ball 91 and that should keep him in good stead.
PBKS vs CSK Risky Captaincy Choices:
Ruturaj Gaikwad had a poor start to his IPL 2021 campaign, but in the last edition, he scored 200+ runs in just 6 games at an average of over 50. He can be a risky captaincy pick.
Similarly, Mayank Agarwal also failed to perform in his last game, but he had a tremendous IPL 2020, where he scored 400+ runs at an average of almost 40. He can be a differential captaincy pick for your grand leagues.
Player you should avoid:
There can be no questions about Shahrukh Khan’s capabilities, but in this Punjab Kings lineup, he is unlikely to bat higher than number 6. He also might not get to bowl much, which is why we are giving him a miss for this game.
Dream11 before toss team: I am expecting chasing team to win this match.
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