The 53rd match of IPL 2021 will excite fans because Chennai Super Kings will clash with Punjab Kings today. If CSK wins today’s game, it will finish the group league matches with rank 1 or 2. However, the consequences are not that light for PBKS because if they lose this match, it may bid them farewell from the semifinals.
CSK Vs. PBKS- The Match Preview
In their last two matches against RR and DC, CSK did not show a remarkable performance. Being on rank 1 for so long in the IPL leaderboard, CSK, unfortunately, lost its last two matches, which makes fans question how they will perform in today’s game. Currently, they are ranked second on the leaderboard with 18 points.
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On the other hand, PBKS also did not win its last match against RCB. While RCB scored 164 runs, and PBKS did an excellent job by chasing them down, it did not reap any fruit in the end. They lost the match by a narrow margin of 6 runs. The team is currently ranked 6th on the leaderboard. They are relying on their top-order batsmen to be the game-changer in today’s match.
So far, CSK and PBKS have faced each other on 24 occasions. While CSK has won 15 of these matches, PBKS won the remaining 9 games. In this year’s IPL also, CSK dominated PBKS. In their last game against each other, CSK defeated PBKS by 6 wickets.
Probable XI Players Of Both Teams
Chennai Super Kings
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- MS Dhoni.
- Ruturaj Gaikwad.
- Faf du Plessis.
- Moeen Ali.
- Suresh Raina/Robin Uthappa.
- Ambati Rayudu.
- Ravindra Jadeja.
- Dwayne Bravo.
- Shardul Thakur.
- Josh Hazlewood.
- Deepak Chahar.
- Lokesh Rahul.
- Mayank Agarwal.
- Nicholas Pooran.
- Aiden Markram.
- Deepak Hooda/Sarfaraz Khan.
- Shahrukh Khan.
- Moises Henriques.
- Harpreet Brar.
- Mohammad Shami.
- Ravi Bishnoi.
- Arshdeep Singh.
Key Players To Look Forward To
Ruturaj Gaikwad: He is stealing the show of almost every match of CSK with his impeccable batting style. Gaikwad is the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 right now. In 13 games, he has scored 521 runs.
Mayank Agarwal: When it comes to rating the star batsmen of PBKS, people rank Mayank below KL Rahul. But, Agarwal has done well in the second phase of IPL and scored 2 half-centuries in the last 4 matches.
Shardul Thakur: Shardul Thakur is best known for his breathtaking bowling style that has supported CSK every single time so far. He has taken 15 wickets in 13 matches and is the leading wicket-taker of the squad.
Mohammad Shami: Mohammad Shami has been a phenomenal bowler in the second phase of IPL. He is also a great wicket-taker of PBKS with 10 wickets and an economy rate of 8.52.
Ravindra Jadeja: Ravindra Jadeja is a supreme all-rounder of CSK. In 13 matches so far, he has scored 212 runs at an average rate of 70.66. He has also taken 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.75.
What We Think
We think it will be difficult to score high runs in today’s match because the pitch of Dubai International Cricket Stadium is not so batting-friendly. However, we believe both CSK and PBKS have a fair chance of winning today because of their strong lineups. Let’s hope the best team wins.