The IPL 2022 qualification race is heating up at the halfway stage with all teams playing 7 games so far. Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings are currently at the bottom 3 in the points table and every loss from now will thinner their qualification chances. CSK won their last match against MI in a thrilling fashion and will be looking to build momentum with a victory in this match. Punjab Kings were decimated by the Delhi Capitals in the last game and will need to get back to form with a win in this match.
PUNJAB KINGS PREVIEW
Punjab Kings were bundled out for 115 runs (lowest score in this IPL so far against DC last night. Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, and Liam Livingstone have been their main run scorers so far. Johnny Bairstow is due for a big knock and Jitesh and Shahrukh Khan have been scoring quickly but are slightly inconsistent so far.
Their bowlers were blown away by DC batters scoring 119 runs in just 10.3 overs. Kagiso Rabada has been their pace spearhead with youngsters Vaibhav Arora and Arshdeep Singh for company. Rahul Chahar has been brilliant with the ball claiming 10 wickets but lacks another spinner at the other end. Nathan Ellis will continue his playing XI ahead of Odean Smith.
Top players to bet on: Rahul Chahar, Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan
PUNJAB KINGS PREDICTED PLAYING XI:
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow/Banuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS PREVIEW
CSK lost 2 quick wickets before Robin Uthappa (30 runs) and Ambati Rayudu (40 runs) steadied the chase with a good partnership. Their middle order lost 2-3 wickets and needed 48 runs off the last 4 overs with Dwaine Pretorius (22 runs) and MSD (28* runs) thrillingly taking their team home on the very last ball.
Pacer Mukesh Chowdary repaid the faith of the team picking up the top-3 wickets of the opposition in his first 2 overs. Spinners Mahesh Theekshana and Mitchell Santner picked up crucial wickets in middle overs with veteran Bravo claiming 2 wickets. Ravi Jadeja and Dwaine Pretorius add value to their bowling attack with their all-around abilities.
Top players to bet on: Ambati Rayudu, Mahesh Theekshana, Dwaine Pretorius
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS PREDICTED PLAYING XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner/Moeen Ali, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Match: Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 38, IPL 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: April 25, 7:30 PM
The Wankhede Stadium has started to assist the batters a lot and the previous game at the ground was a high-scoring thriller between RR and DC. The fast bowlers have found it tough to extract much from the wicket while the dew factor has started to play its part as well. The captain winning the toss will be looking to bowl first again going by the last few results.
Mumbai will have bright and sunny weather on match days with weather interruptions. We expect dew to have an impact in the second innings of the match.
Wankhede has a high-scoring venue with the ball coming onto the bat nicely and the new ball is expected to swing around troubling the batters. We expect the batters to play aggressively and score totals in the range of 190-200 runs on this pitch.
TOSS: TO BOWL
Captains have opted to bowl first in all the 35 matches played so far and we expect the trend to continue in this match too. In the last match, both teams scored 200+ runs at this same venue.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: ROBIN UTHAPPA
Robin Uthappa has been among the runs in most of the games for the Chennai Super Kings this season and his form has been a huge plus for the side. The right-hander can clear the ropes at ease and he has already played some match-winning knocks this season. He scored a 25-ball 30 in the previous game and will be looking to make it big in the upcoming fixture.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: DWAYNE BRAVO
Dwayne Bravo has been quite fantastic with the responsibilities of bowling the tough overs for his side and the all-rounder keeps performing consistently despite the age not getting any younger. He finished with 2 for 36 in the previous game against Mumbai Indians and he will be crucial to CSK’s success in the longer run.
Today’s match prediction: Chennai Super Kings to win the match.