CSK vs PBKS: On Monday, two teams from the bottom half of the IPL 2022 points table will clash for survival. This is the match between Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings. Both teams will enter the match in order to win and for their survival for the rest of the tournament. A loss in this match will hurt the chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings are looking confident after a close win over MI in their last match. They have now won two matches out of seven and are sitting in ninth place. On the other hand, PBKS has lost its last two matches. So it will be an interesting clash. Let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
CSK vs PBKS: Match Preview and Prediction
Chennai Super Kings
The defending champions have played some tough cricket in their last three matches. As a result, they have won two out of their last three, and the one they lost was a close game. Players are coming into form, and bowling is looking better than before. The glimpses of vintage Dhoni in the last match were the highlight of the last match in the chase against MI. Power-play bowling is getting better.
The form of Rututaj Gaikwad is still a question. Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa have some runs under their belts. Mukesh Choudhary was at his best in the last match that led their team to victory. Maheesh Theekshana has led the spinning department well so far. Pretorius and Rayudu are also doing their duties well. No change is expected in the playing XI.
Probably XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner/Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (C), MS Dhoni (Wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
With four losses from seven games, the Punjab Kings are sitting in the eighth spot on the points table. However, they were outplayed in their last two games by SRH and DC and lost both by a big margin. The batting department is struggling, and it is looking like the whole group is depending on Liam Livingstone. Other batters need to step up. On paper, the team looks strong, but they are not able to play according to the standards.
Skipper Mayank Agrawal himself is struggling with his batting form. English wicket-keeper batter Jonny Bairstow has scored a 20+ score in four of the matches he has played. The team might include Bhanuka Rajapaksa to make the batting strong. The bowling is looking on and off, but if the batters will not score runs, there is nothing the bowlers can do.
Probably XI: Mayank Agarwal (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Vaibhav Arora
CSK vs PBKS Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at Wankhede is always good for the pace bowlers at the start. Overall, it is a complete batting surface. Batsmen play their shots on the up without thinking about any uneven bounce. The average score at this pitch is 185. Dew will be another factor that might come into play in the evening game. So the bowlers will find it hard to grip the wet ball in the second innings. The toss becomes crucial in the T20 game, as winning the toss will give an extra edge. The team winning the toss should field first, as chasing will be easier than batting first. The team batting second has won four out of seven matches on this pitch this season.
CSK vs PBKS Head to Head Stats
Both teams have met a total of 26 times in the history of the IPL. But CSK is ahead in terms of wins. So far, Chennai Super Kings have won 15 matches, as compared to PBKS’s 11 wins. But in the last 5 outings, CSK has won four matches.
IPL 2022: CSK vs PBKS: Players to watch out for
Shivam Dube has shown some form so far. But he has struggled in the last two matches. He is a vital wicket for CSK now as he can play according to the situation. The left-hander has scored 239 runs in seven matches at an average of 39 and a strike rate of 161.
Dwayne Bravo will be the pick from CSK bowling. The veteran pacer is the highest wicket-taker in IPL history. He has also performed well so far. Bravo has 12 wickets in seven matches at an average of 18. His death bowling skills will help CSK against PBKS.
Liam Livingstone is the best batter for the Punjab Kings this season. His power-hitting ability has earned a lot of praise so far. The English all-rounder has scored 226 runs in seven innings at an average of 32 and a strike rate of 182, including three half-centuries this season.
Rahul Chahar is growing in confidence after every match. The leg-spinner has shown good form in the ongoing season. He restricts the batters in the middle overs and takes wickets as well. Rahul has 10 wickets in seven matches in the TATA IPL 2022.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (PBKS)
Batsmen: Robin Uthappa (CSK), Shikhar Dhawan (PBKS), Ambati Rayudu (CSK), Mayank Agrawal (PBKS), Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
All-rounders: Ravi Jadeja (CSK), Liam Livingstone (PBKS)
Bowlers:Dwayne Bravo (CSK), Arshdeep Sing (PBKS), M Theekshana (CSK)
Tips: Ruturaj Gaikwad or Robin Uthappa will be the captain of the team. Mayank Agrawal or Liam Livingstone will be the vice-captain. Both teams have a good batting line-up, but CSK has a better bowling lineup. So we will back CSK to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.