Chennai Super Kings after a dismal campaign last season has not shown much signs of improvement starting the new season with a loss. Their second game comes against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow. Punjab Kings were just able to withstand the Sanju Samson onslaught to claim victory in their first match.
Chennai Super Kings will be hoping to repeat their performances of last season against the Punjab franchise as they won both the matches in the last edition of the IPL, Chasing down the score on both occasions with enough balls to spare. Both victories came courtesy of great batting performances by the CSK team.
Will Punjab prove their first match victory was no fluke? Or will the Chennai Super Kings break their funk to go back to the top where they belong?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 23, PBKS: 9, CSK: 14
Ideal conditions for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. With temperatures expected to be hovering around 27 - 33 degrees celsius and humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 58% mark.
As we have witnessed in earlier games, the Mumbai strip is an absolute belter of a batting pitch. With very little assistance for the bowlers, the batsmen will find ease in scoring runs on the plenty. Due to fair bounce and true nature, a high-scoring game is on the card. Anything less than 180 for the team batting first, will make it easy for the chasing team.
Claiming victory in the last ball, the management will not have any qualms about the team that took the field. With all the previous XI from the first match fit and ready without any injuries, Punjab Kings will hope to roll out the same team that got them the victory.
Chennai Super Kings is also expected to take the field without any changes. On a happy note, the innings of Suresh Raina is sure to bring some calmness to the Chennai management as he has shown lack of game time has not affected him. Though they will still be concerned with Dhoni’s form and many of their big games misfiring.
Probable Playing XI
Punjab Kings (PBKS): KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Last year's Orange cap winner KL Rahul has shown no signs of slowing down almost scoring a century in his first match. Suresh Raina also continues to prove why he is one of the most successful batsmen in the IPL. Chris Gayle and Mohammed Shami can be the other important picks for your side.
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