IPL 2022: Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings, two teams languishing in the bottom pile of the points table, will meet each other on Monday in the hope to better their positions.
Mayank Agarwal’s side had started the tournament with a statement-making victory against RCB when they chased down 206. However, their campaign hasn’t lived up to the expectations yet, as they find themselves at the 8th position with 3 wins in 7 matches. They have lost their last couple of matches, the latest one being a 9-wicket drubbing vs Delhi when they were bowled out for 115.
Ravindra Jadeja’s unit, on the other hand, are coming off a morale-boosting, last-ball victory against Mumbai Indians. The defending champions, who have 2 wins in 7 matches, will want to consolidate on their momentum.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 24, 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Recently over 400 runs were scored in the RR-DC game with pacers taking more wickets than the spinners. Expect another batting paradise at the Wankhede and another high-scoring game with two teams having weaker bowling units.
Punjab are certain to ring some changes following their loss to DC. Bhanuka Rajapaksa is expected to return to the eleven, and he could replace the out-of-form Jonny Bairstow; to add some batting depth Punjab may drop Nathan Ellis for Odean Smith. Or all-rounder Rishi Dhawan could get a game, and that way both Rajapaksa and Bairstow remain in the eleven.
PBKS predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow/Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Nathan Ellis/Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 24, 2022
Chennai Super Kings
Mitchell Santner, who replaced Moeen Ali vs Mumbai, did a brilliant job with the ball. However, with the Wankhede being a batting paradise the England all-rounder might come back in the eleven.
CSK predicted 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