After suffering two successive defeats, CSK will be aiming to get back to winning ways and make sure they end the league stage on a high.

After suffering two successive defeats, Chennai Super Kings will be aiming to get back to winning ways and make sure they end the league stage on a high. There is a chance for CSK to top the standings. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings are in a must-win scenario. They are placed sixth and only a victory will keep them alive as NRR could play a role in deciding the fourth team for the playoffs.

CSK looked like the unstoppable force winning match after match after match and staying top of the IPL 2021 table. However, losses against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals saw them drop to second place. Having already qualified for the playoffs, a win will help CSK get into the next stage as toppers. However, they would want DC to lose their final encounter. Expect CSK to come hard at PBKS and gain those two points which will give them confidence ahead of the IPL Qualifier 1 in store.

PBKS haven’t found the consistency they need and after beating KKR, they once again succumbed against the RCB. With 10 points from 13 games, PBKS will hope to end the season on a high as well. Their chance for qualifying depends on a lot of factors, besides the need for them to do well and win big. A lot of it is on chance and that may not be enough in the end. PBKS’ batting woes have been visible on several occasions and that could be the ultimate difference against the Super Kings. 

Notably, this is the first of the two games to be held tomorrow and being an afternoon game, this could be testing for both sets of players.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through. 

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

CSK’s openers are the biggest strength and perhaps the best pair as well IPL has witnessed in a long time. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis both have scored immensely this season with over 900-plus runs between them. So going into the match, CSK’s opening pair can have maximum influence. The middle-order boasts of Ambati Rayudu and Moeen Ali, who have chipped in with some valuable scores. Ravindra Jadeja has been the perfect asset as the finisher. With the ball, CSK can be lethal. Their pace department has all the characters to put PBKS into trouble. Dwayne Bravo, who is chasing Laith Malinga’s record of most wickets in the IPL, can be the difference as far as death bowling is concerned. CSK have the desired strength and need to execute the same.

PBKS will be dependent heavily on their openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. These two have been amongst the runs this season. However, the middle-order remains a concern. Nicholas Pooran has struggled all season and a lot of pf pressure is on Aiden Markram, who has given a decent account of himself since coming on as a replacement player. Shahrukh Khan has worked up his sleeves as he can be asked to given the side the finishing comforts. With the ball, PBKS bowlers can be pretty handy. Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami have been the shining lights in the pace department. Ravi Bishnoi has been a top performer in the spin department.

Probable playing XIs: CSK vs PBKS

CSK probable playing XI:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

PBKS probable playing XI:

KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Ravi Bishnoi, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: KL Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Moises Henriques

Bowlers: M Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: KL Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Mayank Agarwal

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo

Bowlers: M Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Rav Bishnoi

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

CSK openers Ruturaj and Faf are the obvious choices in both the teams when it comes to batting. Their performances since IPL 2020 have been top-notch. Both are enjoying good form and often provide the starts that help CSK go on to win games. Expect free-flowing runs once again from these two.

Ravindra Jadeja has more than a 150-plus strike rate with the bat this season to highlight his contributions for CSK. He has also produced the goods with the ball, claiming 10-plus scalps. With Jadeja in, what someone can expect is proper three-dimensional cricket on display. 

Both teams boast of top bowlers and we pick Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur as the top picks in the Dream11 teams. Shami has 18 wickets under his belt and Shardul has claimed a total of 15 this season.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Ruturaj Gaikwad: With 521 runs under his belt, Ruturaj can go on to win the Orange Cap this season if CSK go long and strong. He has one ton and three half-centuries to back his case to be the skipper of the Dream11 side.

Mohammed Shami: With 18 scalps at an average of 20.72. Shami has shown that with his genuine pace and accuracy, he can make a real difference and earn valuable wickets. His experience will be crucial.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, KL Rahul is an ideal option. The PBKS skipper, who is currently the leading scorer this season, will aim to make his presence felt and lead the side smartly. Rahul can be on song when inflow and this makes him a vital option. On the other hand, another option can be Jadeja. He is another champion performer in the ranks. His attributes across all three departments will be massive for fans playing the Dream11.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch in Dubai has offered assistance to batters. One expects batsmen to do well here. However, being two-paced at times, bowlers will enjoy themselves. Both pacers and spinners can be effective. In terms of weather and conditions, the afternoon game is set to be braced with temperature ranging around 38-degree Celsius. Heat and humidity will test players,

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

The previous meeting between the two sides this season saw CSK thrash the PBKS by six wickets with 26 balls to spare.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other on 24 occasions in the IPL. Chennai have pocketed 15 wins, whereas PBKS have sealed nine.

Match prediction

CSK are the outright favourites here and will be too good for PBKS, who look like heading for an exit. Expect CSK to fire on all cylinders.

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