The Chennai Super Kings have still to secure their place in the top two, as the Royal Challengers Bangalore may still knock them out of the race for second place. Dhoni’s team has lost two games in a row and is in a state of flux heading into their last league match. The Delhi Capitals had defeated them by six wickets in their last match. In the bottom of the standings, the Kings, led by KL Rahul, are gasping for air. They’ll be eliminated from the T20 league if they lose their next match. To have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs, they need to win their last group game by a large margin.
Match – Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings – 53rd match
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
In Dubai, the batting surface has been outstanding. The bowlers, on the other hand, have had their say in the previous two games. The spinners’ performances will be significant, but not overwhelming.
Avg first innings score: 150 (8 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
It is expected that the weather in Dubai will remain clear. The temperature is expected to be approximately 37 degrees Celsius, with 47 percent humidity and little risk of rain throughout the match, according to the prediction.
Played – 25 | Chennai Super Kings – 16 | Punjab Kings – 9 | N/R – 0
Played – 3 | Chennai Super Kings – 2 | Punjab Kings – 1 | N/R – 0
MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood, R Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Rayudu
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan
KL Rahul— Punjab Kings
In this competition, KL Rahul has been excellent for the Kings. The right-hander has 528 runs at an average of 52.80 and a strike rate of 129.09 in 12 games. He had an ominous face after smashing five half-centuries. He scored 39 runs in the last game against RCB, however, his efforts were in vain. He intends to do well in the crunch game.
Dwayne Bravo– Chennai Super Kings
In the present round of the IPL, Dwayne Bravo has been outstanding for the Super Kings. In eight games, the West Indies all-rounder has taken 12 wickets at an amazing economy rate of 6.93. He bowled in the 18th over of CSK’s last game against DC, keeping his team in contention for a victory. The veteran will try to keep CSK in the top two spots by delivering.
Chennai Super Kings
Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar were called back into the Chennai Super Kings line-up to replace Sam Curran and KM Asif, but the side in yellow was unable to escape a second straight defeat. Suresh Raina, who was injured in the last encounter, was replaced by Robin Uthappa, who may get another chance if the CSK veteran is still out. With the play-off stages planned for next week, Bravo may also be rested. CSK, on the other hand, will be without Curran for the duration of the IPL and the next T20 World Cup.
During the setback to RCB, Punjab Kings made a few changes to their lineup, with Moises Henriques and Sarfaraz Khan earning their first games of the UAE leg. PBKS may keep the same eleven, with the only change likely to be in the batting order, as Sarfaraz, who had a poor game, may be dropped.
Despite losing two games in a row, CSK remains in an excellent position to finish in the top two with 18 points from 13 games and a superior Net Run Rate (NRR). However, they will need to win the match to ascend to the top of the table, and their ultimate place will be determined by the outcome of the RCB versus DC match. After squeezing out defeats in most of their matches, PBKS will seek to finish the league season on a positive note. CSK will also try to restore momentum as the competition nears its conclusion. CSK, who has 15 victories from 25 IPL matches against PBKS, had previously defeated the Punjab-based team by 6 wickets in a low-scoring match earlier this season.
Today’s match prediction: Punjab Kings to win the match.