Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, Preview, IPL 2022

The Overview:

Chennai Super Kings’ first-half performance against the Lucknow Super Giants two days ago was a fair representation of their batting depth. But their second-half showing in the same fixture spoke much of their bowling deficiencies. Stephen Fleming pointed fingers at excessive dew, but that phenomenon is here to stay, and needs working around. Which is where the pockets of inexperience in CSK’s bowling, due to the absence of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur (picked by DC at the auction), came through.

If Adam Milne is fit again, CSK could look to protect left-armer Mukesh Choudhary from the perils of playing in conditions skewed so heavily in favour of the batters at Brabourne. Milne’s return will also add experience to CSK’s bowling line-up, which they could do with against one of the brawniest top-order in the league, which is about to get a Jonny Bairstow upgrade.

In their two outings, PBKS have shown there’s only one way to bat as far as they’re concerned. On a good day, they got 63/0 in the PowerPlay, but on a shaky one, they still managed 62, albeit for 3. Bhanuka Rajapaksa at #3 driven this gung-ho philosophy beyond the PowerPlay overs, and is about to get Jonny Bairstow for company from #4, who is the only batter in the history of the tournament to have a 40-plus average and 140-plus strike rate.

When: CSK vs PBKS, April 3, 19:30 IST

Where: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

What to expect: What else, but dew that makes bowling second seem like a different sport, and not a very comfortable one. CSK would like the rub of the green for Ravindra Jadeja at the toss, after his side lost a game having posted 210 just two days ago at the same venue. Also, PBKS’ one win came in a successful 200-plus chase.

IPL Head to Head: CSK 15 – 10 PBKS. The two teams won one game each against each other last season. At Brabourne stadium, CSK have one win and two defeats while PBKS have lost the only game they’ve played there.

Team Watch:

Chennai Super Kings

Unavailable: Deepak Chahar

Tactics & Matchups: Two points eluded them but the LSG fixture gave CSK a PowerPlay enforcer in Robin Uthappa. Moeen Ali could negate the post-PowerPlay threat of Rahul Chahar, while Ravindra Jadeja could push himself up the order too if the leggie needs more blunting.

Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne/Mukesh Choudhary, Tushar Deshpande

Punjab Kings

Unavailable:Nathan Ellis

Tactics & Matchups: Last season’s orange cap winner Ruturaj Gaikwad is yet to make his mark in IPL 2022, and PBKS will want to keep it that way on Saturday. For that, they have Arshdeep Singh, who has tied him down relatively well in all his previous meetings against the opener – conceding 21 off 19 balls bowled to him, but more importantly dismissing him twice.

Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow, Shahrukh Khan, Raj Bawa/Rishi Dhawan, Harpreet Brar, Odean Smith, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

Did You Know:

– The Brabourne stadium so far has been a batting haven in IPL 2022 – with a run rate of 9.98

– Shikhar Dhawan has scored one century and seven fifties against Chennai

– Dwayne Bravo has picked 23 wickets in 19 outings against Punjab

What They Said:

“If you’d looked earlier on, spinning options were taken out of play. Because it was like Niagara Falls in terms of the wetness and they [LSG] played well. So it was very hard to, one, grip the ball for a spinner and, two, to be effective.” – CSK head coach Stephen Flemingon the challenge of bowling second at Brabourne.

Updated: April 3, 2022 — 10:31 am

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