Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 25, 07:30 PM LOCAL
What to expect: The Wankhede pitches are back to producing big totals and chasing has been the preferred trend at the venue. However, the last two games have both been won by teams successfully defending their massive scores – Delhi Capitals being on the receiving end on both occasions.
Head to head:
CSK 15-11 PBKS. Chennai have the overall lead but in the 14 games since the year Punjab last qualified amongst top-four (in 2014), the two teams shave clashed 14 times and won equally. Earlier this season at Brabourne Stadium, PBKS bundled out CSK on 126, in a chase of 181, for a comfortable victory.
Tactics and Match-ups: CSK’s opening partnership has failed to cross 28 while the best a no. 3 batter has managed so far in the season is Mooen Ali’s 35, and Punjab would want to keep it that way. To that effect, they could give Arshsdeep a go at (a struggling) Ruturaj Gaikwad who has been dismissed twice by the pacer already in their nascent IPL careers.
Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow/Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Vaibhav Arora
Chennai Super Kings
Tactics and Match-ups: Punjab’s spinners collectively have the least impressive economy rate in IPL 2022 of 8.65 – a weakness CSK would know to exploit very well. Could this tempt CSK into bringing back Mooen for the game or even Jadeja promoting himself up the order to get some much-needed runs under his belt? Dhoni holds the key after powerplay against a team he’s scored five fifties and an overall 630 runs at an average of 52.5.
Probable 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
Did you know?
-Punjab’s pace bowlers have combined to take only 18 wickets so far in IPL 2022 – the lowest amongst the 10 teams.
-CSK’s varying top-three have a collective aggregate of 436 runs so far in the season – the lowest in comparison to the other nine sides.
-Shikhar Dhawan averages nearly 42 after 27 innings against Chennai Super Kings, and needs 59 more to bring up a 1000 IPL runs against the four-time champions.
Punjab Kings Squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal(c), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa
Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja(c), MS Dhoni(w), Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana, Chris Jordan, Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, Tushar Deshpande, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Subhranshu Senapati, Prashant Solanki, KM Asif, Simarjeet Singh, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Matheesha Pathirana, Bhagath Varma