Match Preview – PBKS vs CSK
In Match 8 of the VIVO IPL 2021, Punjab Kings (PBKS) will be locking horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Both the teams will enter today's PBKS vs CSK IPL match after making divergent starts to their 2021 IPL campaign. While Punjab Kings managed to sneak past Rajasthan Royals with a close win, CSK was handed a thumping defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals. Both teams will look to make amends from their previous outing and earn another two points in today's IPL match.
Before we make PBKS vs CSK Today IPL Match Prediction, here's a look at what does today's IPL fixture has to offer:
PBKS vs CSK – Predicted Playing XIs for Today’s IPL Match
Punjab Kings had a brilliant hit out in the previous outing against RR at the Wankhede Stadium with most of the batters being among the runs. However, it was their bowlers who went for plenty on a track that was tailor-made for batting. Despite an unconvincing outing for the bowlers, Punjab Kings will fancy the same line-up considering their opponent's lack of potency in terms of hard-hitting skills.
KL Rahul (C & Wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Chennai Super Kings
The ‘Men in Yellow will have to find ways to curtail a strong batting powerhouse such as Punjab Kings (PBKS). Dhoni and co. will have their task cut out to feature the best CSK Playing XI for today's IPL match. With the unavailability of overseas bowlers for 2nd match, CSK will have to rely on their available resources to pull off their first win in the tournament.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
PBKS vs CSK Head to Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
CSK won: 14
PBKS won: 9
No Result : 0
Chennai has been a formidable franchise over the years. They have had the better of PBKS in the past. However, with the new batting look that PBKS has adapted since the last year, it will be interesting to see how today's IPL fixture unfolds in Mumbai.
Players to Watch out for in PBKS vs CSK IPL match
Punjab Kings’ skipper KL Rahul will be their main man as far as batting is concerned. He continued his form from the last season in the first match as well. Chris Gayle and Deepak Hood provide explosive options to PBKS and will handle the middle order. The pacers Mohammad Shami and Arshdeep Singh will lead the bowling attack for PBKS.
Moving to Chennai Super Kings, Suresh Raina will be a vital cog in their batting lineup. He will be well supported by Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu, who will bat in the middle order. All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran will also play important roles with the ball as well finishing well with the bat in the death overs.
PBKS vs CSK Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Chennai Super Kings did well in the CSK vs DC encounter to post a challenging total. However, their bowlers were unable to execute their plans and defend the total. PBKS boasts of a very powerful batting lineup that will try to exploit CSK’s weaknesses at the batting paradise that will be offered at the Wankhede Stadium. As a result, Punjab Kings will start favorites to win today's PBKS vs CSK IPL match on April 16.