Chennai Super Kings is back home and whenever this happens the excitement level reaches its peak for the CSK supporters. Undoubtedly there is something at the Chepauk stadium for the CSK team that makes them even stronger. They are heading here after a loss against Rajasthan at Jaipur. So this adds even more pressure on PBKS as CSK will be urged to win this game.
Punjab Kings’ case is different. They are unable to be consistent throughout this tournament. They blow hot and they blow cold when they blow hot it comes completely under the control of PBKS. So this clash between CSK and PBKS is going to be a test of the characters.
Head to Head
Matches played: 27
CSK Won: 15
PBKS Won: 12
Time: 3.30 PM IST
Venue : MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Chepauk wicket is slightly slower than the other IPL venues. But at the same time, it can be favorable for the batters who get adapted to the conditions. Spinners will always get support from this surface as it will allow the ball to spin.
What to Expect?
Since CSK is extremely strong with the spin department, it makes life hard for the PBKS batters. Looking at the depth of the CSK line up, it looks like the CSK vs SRH scenario would repeat.
Probable Playing XIIs
PBKS Possible XI:
Matt Short,Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
CSK Possible XII:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dubey, Matheesha Pathirana, MS Dhoni(C), Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Akash Singh, Ambati Rayudu
Fantasy Picks for the CSK vs PBKS Match
We all know what kind of form Conway is in. Especially in chennai conditions he is an absolute match winner. Looking at PBKS bowlers, there is no threat felt for Conway it seems.
Vice Captain : Jadeja
Jadeja with the ball on this wicket is the biggest trouble for PBKS. He is able to pick wickets by bowling tight lines.
Batsmen : Ruturaj, Rahane, Sharukh
Sharukh has played a lot at this ground as it is his home. His understanding of the conditions might also help him to do well.
Ruturaj and Rahane can’t be missed as their form in this tournament so far is impressive. Ruturaj will find the home a little easy to settle while Rahane is already making a storm out of his name with his elegant touch.
Wicketkeepers: D Conway, J Sharma
One can’t deny that Jitesh Sharma is one of the best finds of the tournament. Also, he is in the radar of getting picked for the national side. Let’s hope his terrific form continues.
All rounders : Jadeja, Curran, Raza,Moeen Ali
Both Curran and Curran are the most impactful players of PBKS. This conditions suits Raza’s bowling while Sam Curran’s slowers will make a huge difference on this wicket.
Bowlers : M Theekshana
Theekshana is becoming a go-to bowler for Dhoni as he is able to get the crucial breakthroughs.
Deshpande’s death over bowling is highly wicket prone.