Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 38 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season

Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 38 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Monday. PBKS are stationed at eighth in the table, having won three from seven games. They have lost their previous two games. CSK are placed ninth, having collected two wins from seven games. Earlier this season, PBKS beat CSK by 54 runs. 

Analysis of PBKS

After successive disappointment shows versus SRH and DC, respectively, PBKS need to offer fight against CSK. Bating wise, PBKS openers haven’t quite hit the ground running. Both Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan need to step up and deliver. Jonny Bairstow has been a disappointment this season in the four games he has played. This could be his last chance. A lot of impetus is riding on Liam Livingstone, who has been PBKS’ best option with the bat. Shahrukh Khan has not lived up to expectations and needs to regain back his confidence.

With the ball, PBKS need to better the show. Kagiso Rabada leads this unit, which also comprises of Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Kaur. They are a decent bowling unit and if the batters do their job, it will help massively. Notably, PBKS have managed to take just four wickets across the last two games and this figure needs improvement.

Analysis of CSK

For CSK, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been a shadow of himself barring the one game he got past 50. Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube continue to be the star attractions. In Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, and Ravindra Jadeja, CSK have experience and composure. Moeen Ali looks likely to sit out once again and Mitchell Santner preferred in his place. Santner can play the big shots when required. Dhoni’s finishing prowess can be useful.

With the ball, Mukesh Choudhary will be crucial in the PP overs. He claimed three wickets versus MI in the previous game. Santner and Jadeja are the spin twins. Their nagging lengths can be of help. Dwayne Bravo continues to be the main threat to CSK. He has taken 12 wickets in the ongoing season. Dwaine Pretorius has a crucial job in hand.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other on 26 occasions in the IPL. CSK have dominated the show with 15 wins, while PBKS have claimed a win on 11 occasions. PBKS have a 2-1 win record over CSK since IPL 2021.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

PBKS predicted playing XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Maheesh Theekhana, Mukesh Choudhary

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, there’s no doubt both sides need to up the ante. CSK look more sorted after winning two of their last three games. It won’t be an easy outing, but the win over MI will help them big time in terms of getting past the line here. We expect CSK to find their feet.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Wankhede Stadium will host this crunch game. So far, seven matches have been played here this season. The wicket has averaged close to 170 in the first innings, including a massive tally of 222 by RR in the last outing versus DC. The match will be held at 7:30 PM IST and can be watched live on the Star Sports Network.

The major batting stats on offer

Dube and Uthappa have been the top scorers for CSK with 239 and 227 runs respectively this season. Uthappa (4,949) needs 51 more to achieve a mark of 5,000 runs in the IPL. For PBKS, Livingstone has piled up 226 runs this season with a SR of 182.05. Dhawan, who has 214 runs, is two shy of the 6,000-run mark.

The major bowling stats on offer

Bravo has an average of 18.08 in IPL 2022. Overall, he has claimed 179 scalps in the competition, including 24 versus Punjab. One more wicket will see him become the fifth bowler with 25-plus wickets versus Punjab. Jadeja has claimed 14 wickets versus PBKS.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: MS Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube

All-rounders: Mitchell Santner, Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jitesh Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Robin Uthappa: The veteran IPL star has amassed 227 runs so far and has enjoyed himself in the middle. Uthappa is back opening the innings and this has served him well. He will aim to unsettle PBKS.

Liam Livingstone: The Englishman can be purposeful and score the runs desired at a frantic pace for Punjab. He has been their best performer so far this season.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Rahul Chahar: With 10 scalps from seven games, Chahar has been a top performer for Punjab. He has the pedigree to stall the CSK batters in those middle overs.

Shivam Dube: With 239 runs from seven games this season, Dube has been a shining star for CSK. He has already hit 2 fifties. His SR of 161.48 is massive.

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