PBKS vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings would like to win against Punjab for the second consecutive match.

When defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) take on Punjab Kings for the second consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Dharamshala Stadium on Sunday, they will be trying to maintain their winning streak. Just three days ago, Punjab Kings had defeated CSK by seven wickets at Chepauk. This was the second defeat of the home team in the last three matches due to which the team is in trouble.

CSK are fifth in the table with 10 points and the five-time champions will hope that the change of venue will change their fortunes with just four matches left to seal their place in the knockout stage. CSK could not show pace in the middle overs against the spin duo of Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar, which resulted in them scoring 162 runs for seven wickets. Their batting is also becoming dependent on captain Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dubey and as soon as one of them fails, the pressure on the team’s inconsistent batsmen increases.

Gaikwad scored his fifth 50-plus score of the season while veteran batsman Ajinkya Rahane once again failed to take advantage of the start while Ravindra Jadeja and Sameer Rizvi struggled against spin. CSK is also troubled by the health and fitness concerns of its fast bowlers, including Deepak Chahar, who was seen clutching his ‘hamstring’ after bowling just two balls, due to which he is unlikely to play in the second match against Punjab Kings.

The team suffered losses due to the absence of key bowlers Mathisha Pathirana (slight injury) and Tushar Deshpande (flu). And then dew reduced the importance of spinners due to which Punjab Kings won easily. Richard Gleeson made his IPL debut in the last match and CSK may recall Mukesh Chaudhary. Talking about Punjab Kings, they have boosted their playoff hopes by winning consecutively.

With the win over CSK, Punjab Kings became the second team after Mumbai Indians to register five consecutive wins over defending champions CSK and now they would like to take advantage of this. Punjab Kings, however, are the unexpected team having won over Gujarat in Ahmedabad, Chennai in Chepauk and chased the T20 record score against KKR. However, on home soil, Rajasthan Royals were seen struggling against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans. After consecutive wins, Punjab Kings reached seventh place with eight points and will have to continue the momentum to keep their hopes alive.

Jonny Bairstow, who scored a century against KKR, will be important for the team while Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh and Prabhsimran Singh will also have to perform well. The bowling department of the team includes experienced names like Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh and Sam Curran who will have to bowl consistently. Rabada was good in the last match but the rest gave away runs. If the team has to perform like the last match, then their spinners Brar and Rahul Chahar will have to bowl better again.

The teams are as follows:

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Aravelli Avneesh, Ajinkya Rahane, Sheikh Rashid, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dubey, RS Hungerkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Nishant Sindhu, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary, Mathisha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Shardul Thakur, Mahesh Tikshna and Sameer Rizvi.

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Matthew Short, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Tayde, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Sam Curran. , Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kawerappa, Shivam Singh, Harshal Patel, Chris Woakes, Ashutosh Sharma, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Shashank Singh, Tanay Thiagarajan, Prince Choudhary, Riley Rossouw.

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