Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings
The IPL 2021 is all set to see another exciting encounter between two teams with opposite fortunes this year. Punjab Kings is still looking for an opportunity to qualify for the Playoffs whereas Chennai Super Kings became the first team to qualify for the Playoffs and is now looking to finish in the top two to get better chances for reaching the finals of IPL 2021. However, this match promises to be a thriller as both the teams will be looking for a win here.
Head to Head Record:
Chennai Super Kings have a clear edge over Punjab Kings according to the Head to Head record between these two teams.
- Matches Played: 25 matches
- CSK Won: 15 matches
- PBKS Won: 9 matches
- Tie: 0 match
However, this time, Punjab Kings will be looking to turn it upside down because this is the last opportunity for them to qualify for the Playoffs.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium Record:
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is known for its excellent and fast pitches and often results in high scores. This has led to many people considering it a batting paradise. However, this time the pitch hasn’t done much for the batters.
- Matches Played: 99
- Matches won by Batting first team: 38
- Matches won by Chasing team: 60
- No Result: 1
Chennai Super Kings:
After two consecutive losses against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings is still placed in second place in the points table. However, in this match, they will be looking to win it and make it to the top two for better chances for the Finals.
Predicted Playing XI
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali,, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa
MS Dhoni (C/Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Narayan Jagadeesan, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, C Hari Nishanth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Bhagath Varma, Suresh Raina, Lungi Ngidi
Players to Watch Out
The openers of Chennai Super Kings have done well throughout the tournament. However, their middle order hasn’t done well. In the bowling department, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have been impressive for the Chennai Super Kings.
Punjab Kings is on the verge of getting knocked out and even a win against Chennai Super Kings won’t guarantee them a spot in the Playoffs. However, they will be looking for a win even if they don’t qualify for the next stage. It will be great if they end their tournament with a win.
Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C and WK), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Shahrukh Khan, Mohd. Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
Adil Rashid, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ishan Porel, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Nathan Ellis
Players to watch out
The top order of Punjab has been carrying the team for the last two seasons. Apart from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, no other batsman has scored runs for them. In the bowling department, Mohd. Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi have done well for them.
The match between these two teams has always produced a thriller in the past. This time too we are expecting a close contest. So we predict that Punjab Kings will be doing something extraordinary to win this match against Chennai Super Kings. With this win, they will be looking to keep their Playoffs hopes alive but their spot will be depending on the results of other matches.