Chennai Super Kings have a good record in front of Punjab Kings.
In IPL 2021, Mahendra Singh Dhoni would like his team to win and go as one of the top-2 teams in the playoffs against Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings. In the match against Punjab Kings, CSK can come with full force. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, despite two consecutive defeats, seem to have the upper hand over Punjab, who are almost out of the race for the playoffs. After forgetting last year’s poor performance, Chennai’s team, which made a great comeback this year, has done well in the UAE stage and it is not easy to beat them. The Chennai batsmen are in good form especially Rituraj Gaikwad. His batsmen are determined to continue this performance. Gaikwad and veteran South African batsman Faf du Plessis have played well in the top order while Ambati Rayudu has made useful contributions in the middle order.
Moeen Ali has done well in bowling and batting but the poor form of Suresh Raina and Dhoni is a matter of concern for Chennai. Ravindra Jadeja has again proved his worth as an all-rounder and has made useful contributions. However, in the match against Rajasthan Royals, the Chennai bowlers could not perform well. They will have to rectify their mistakes soon before the crucial stage of the tournament. Deepak Chahar has taken 12 wickets so far and has given the team a good start on a few occasions. Shardul Thakur has 15 wickets in his name and he will try to maintain his form. Josh Hazlewood and Dwayne Bravo have put on a good piece of their skills while Jadeja has played every role well.
Punjab longs for a united protest
As far as Punjab is concerned, its team has not been able to perform consistently well. The team led by KL Rahul is at the sixth position with 10 points. Rahul has so far scored 528 runs while his Karnataka teammate Mayank Agarwal contributed 429 runs but his other batsmen have not been able to run, which is being lost to Punjab. Mohammed Shami (18 wickets) and Arshdeep Singh (16 wickets) have been his stars in the bowling while Ravi Bishnoi has done well in the spin department. Punjab will be eyeing a big win so that they can keep their bleak hopes of making the playoffs through Agar Magar’s equations.
Teams are as follows
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Rituraj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Arsai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gautam, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagat Verma, C Hari Nishant.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shah Rukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh , Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.
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