The Indian T20 league points table is shaping up nicely and in match number 38, Punjab Kings (PBKS) will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a crucial encounter at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Punjab had been absolutely smashed in the last game, having been all out for just 115 runs and losing by nine wickets with more than nine overs to spare. The concept of going into the game with six batters and five bowlers did not work out, and they will need to strengthen their batting lineup, which has been inconsistent at times. They are likely to make alterations to their starting lineup and will try to bring in Rajapaksa, who has shown early promise.
The Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, defeated Mumbai Indians in their previous game courtesy of an outstanding finale from MS Dhoni, who turned back the clock. With the addition of Dwaine Pretorius, the bowling looked to be in order, and Mukesh Choudhary was brilliant with the new ball. They are expected to use the same lineup for the upcoming match.
Thus, Punjab now stands at 8th spot with 6 points in 7 matches and CSK sits at 9th with 4 points in 7 matches.
PBKS vs CSK – Match Details
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: April 25, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The hitters have started to benefit a lot at Wankhede Stadium in the recent matches. The most recent game here was a high-scoring thriller between RR and DC with both teams scoring more than 200 runs.
Fast bowlers have struggled to get anything out of the wicket, and the dew factor has begun to play a role as well. Based on recent results, the captain who wins the toss will try to bowl first once more.
Chennai Super Kings
This season, Robin Uthappa has been among the runs in most of the Chennai Super Kings’ games, and his performance has been a significant plus for the team. The right-hander can easily clear the ropes and has already contributed to key match-winning innings this season. In the last game, he scored a 25-ball 30 and will be hoping to repeat the feat in the forthcoming match.
Shikhar Dhawan has had a handful of promising beginnings but has been unable to convert them. Having scored 214 runs in seven matches, he looks in decent form. Moreover, the lefty has a good record against CSK.
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Benny Howell, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary.