Things were looking good for Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 season after a poor 2020 season. They had made an excellent addition to their squad in Moeen Ali, and Suresh Raina was back in the team. At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja also recovered from his injury.
However, based on their performance against the Delhi Capitals in their first match of the season, it’s fair to assume that the ghosts of 2020 haven’t vanished. In the hopes of getting their first win in the tournament, they will now face Punjab Kings, a team that has already opened their account. The game against Rajasthan Royals went down to the final ball, but the Kings maintained their dignity and finished the job.
With an average temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius, Mumbai should have another warm and clear day. There will be no rain interruptions, but dew will play a role later.
Wankhede has been a perfect place to bat, with the ball coming on nicely to the bat. Captains who win the toss should choose to chase because the dew would make the bowlers’ job more difficult in the second innings. Teams can aim for a total of 190-200 if they are batting first.
KL Rahul (c&wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin/Ravi Bishnoi
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (c&wk), Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar
Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings Dream 11:
KL Rahul (c&wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Jhye Richardson
Winning the toss
Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings), KL Rahul (Punjab Kings )
Shardul Thakur (Chennai Super Kings), Mohammed Shami (Punjab Kings )
Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings), Chris Gayle (Punjab Kings )
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
Chennai Super Kings 175+, Kings XI Punjab 190+
As opposed to CSK, Punjab appears to be the more balanced side, with players like Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep stepping up.
MS Dhoni’s team still doesn’t seem to have found their best lineup, and their sluggish starts on the powerplay seem to be costing them another game.
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