Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings face each other in match number 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday.

Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings face each other in match number 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. The match is being held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Ravindra Jadeja-led Super Kings have lost both their games so far this season and are in search of two crucial points. Meanwhile, after beating RCB in the opener, PBKS were outsmarted by KKR in their second game on Friday.

This is a crucial game for both sides as a defeat for CSK will put them in a spot of bother. They need to work on their bowling which looks relatively weak. PBKS cannot afford to be inconsistent with highs and lows. They need a strong approach and cash in on CSK’s vulnerabilities.

Analysis of CSK

CSK batted poorly versus KKR and the eastern giants chased down a paltry 132-run target. In the second game, CSK batted well to post in excess of 200 before LSG chased down the target. It was the fourth-highest chase in IPL history. CSK don’t have the luxury of a sound bowling unit and the injury to Deepak Chahar has been felt. They need to regroup here and find the best possible options. Dwayne Bravo is the only one to have impressed thus far. 

In batting, Robin Uthappa has looked solid. He is reliving the years and form he showed for KKR. MS Dhoni’s strengths as a finisher have been another major highlight. Moeen Ali’s application needs to be lauded. He is their trump card. CSK need Ruturaj Gaikwad to fire. He failed in both games. Also, Jadeja needs to step up as well, not quite leaving an impression.

Analysis of Punjab

Punjab Kings have a solid batting unit and the right resources to hurt any side. Against a top-notch KKR bowling unit, they suffered but things can improve once again versus CSK and their shortcomings with the ball. Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been their best player with the bat. His aggression and ability to clear the ropes can be a boost. Punjab could be tempted to include Jonny Bairstow in the line-up. He can be an able replacement for Liam Livingstone. He can also replace Odean Smith. With Bairstow in the ranks, the batting looks all the more sorted, especially the top four. In Odean Smith and Shahrukh Khan, the presence of big-hitters are a plus.

In terms of bowling, Punjab look good. Kagiso Rabada spearheads the attack, which also has a consistent performer like Rahul Chahar. Together, the two can cause damage. However, the likes of Harpreet Brar and Arshdeep Singh need to step up and deliver. Arshdeep, who was retained by PBKS, will look to stick to his simplicity and eye quick scalps.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other on 25 occasions. CSK have won 15 whereas PBKS have pocketed 10 wins. In the IPL 2021 season, they shared the spoils.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorious, Mukesh Choudhary, Tushar Deshpande

PBKS predicted playing XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Raj Bawa, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar

Which team is the predicted winner?

PBKS look more sound and sorted on paper. The return of Bairstow is a blessing. Expect PBKS to make an impact. Rabada and Chahar can be the difference makers. With the bat, their front four can make a real impact. CSK are a decent side but the issues in bowling can hurt them once again. We feel PBKS will pull off a win here and claim two points. CSK could be in for a third successive defeat.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Brabourne Stadium pitch will assist batters and bowlers alike. Teams batting first will hope to score important runs. Both matches here this season have seen teams chasing win. So win the toss and field first is the ideal way. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Shikhar Dhawan has managed 5,843 runs in the IPL. Notably, he has racked up a staggering 908 runs versus CSK at 41.22. Uthappa, who has 4,800 runs in the IPL, fares well versus Punjab. He has scored 758 runs versus PBKS. Also, the veteran Ambati Rayudu has 3,958 runs and needs 42 more to slam 4,000.

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, Jadeja has 127 IPL scalps, including 13 in 25 games versus Punjab. Rabada has claimed 77 IPL wickets and needs three more to equal Irfan Pathan’s mark (80). Dwayne Bravo, who is the highest wicket-taker in the IPL, has claimed 23 wickets versus Punjab and is two shy of 25 scalps.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Shahrukh Khan

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorious, Moeen Ali

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Mayank Agarwal

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorious, Moeen Ali

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Robin Uthappa: The veteran IPL star has been a positive factor for CSK this season. He has looked in good nick and the runs have come. Expect Uthappa to make the most out of his form and chip in with some crucial runs.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa: A sheer aggressive player, Rajapaksa has taken the IPL by storm with his power-hitting skills. He has scored valuable runs for Punjab in both games so far and the confidence factor will be riding high.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Dwayne Bravo: The West Indian star has been among the wickets and his skills are second to none. Bravo is a sheer performer even at this age and he can do well with the ball, setting an example for the rest.

Rahul Chahar: The Indian spinner promises wickets, besides containing batters. He is growing with every game and is the star attraction in PBKS’ bowling unit. Expect Chahar to do well in the middle overs for Punjab and stem the flow of runs.

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