Both these sides are coming into this match at the back of a loss in their previous fixtures. Thus, they will look to make amends in this game.
The preceding encounter, against Lucknow, saw Chennai Super Kings lose for the second time in a row. Injuries have hampered them, and their bowling has failed to produce. They are currently in eighth place in the standings and will need to make a quick turnaround to regain some momentum.
On the other hand, following their loss against Kolkata in the previous match, Punjab Kings have dropped to sixth place. Their batting failed them, and while their bowlers briefly put them on top, they were quickly undone by Russell’s muscle.
The contest is all set for yet another thriller of the tournament.
CSK vs PBKS – Match Details
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date &Time: April 3rd at 7:30 PM IST and local time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
So far in the competition, the Brabourne Stadium has hosted two games, both of which have been high-scoring affairs. Dew has been a major role in night games, and defending on the ground with a wet ball in hand will be extremely difficult.
Based on the results and the dew factor, the captain who wins the toss will have no reservations about bowling first.
Chennai Super King
In the previous encounter, Robin Uthappa was in superb form, scoring 50 runs off 25 balls at a strike rate of 200. He enjoys opening the batting order and will try to make a significant impact.
In the previous match, Rahul Chahar was one of the positives for the Punjab Kings, and he has been improving by leaps and bounds. To keep his side in the hunt, the leg spinner extracted a lot of spin from the track and picked up two key wickets in Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana. He concluded his spell with 2 for 13 in four overs, including one maiden, and will be eager to build on that success.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Jordan, Rajvardhan Hangargekar.
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar.