Match 53: PBKS vs CSK | Full Review | Pitch Report | Best 11

The 53rd match of the tournament between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The match between them will start at 3:30 P.M. (IST). 

Both the teams met against each other in their last encounter where Punjab got an easy chase against Chennai. Since 2021, CSK is yet to find a victory against PBKS.    

Teams Analysis: 

Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

After losing the last match against Punjab, they are out of the top 4 in the points table. They lost 5 while won 5 in their 10 matches with 10 points to their credit. They performed decently but couldn’t get the end results to their favour. In their last 5 matches they lost 3 and won 2. 

Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad is leading from the front in the batting department and is currently the orange cap holder with 509 runs. In the last 6 innings he is constantly providing valuable runs to the team at the start. His strike rate is 146.68 with an average of 63.62 which includes one century and four half-centuries. Ajinkya Rahane is struggling with his form and unable to score runs at a pace. He has till now scored 199 runs with a strike rate of 122.84. 

Shivam Dube is providing his power hitting to the team with 350 runs in 10 innings. He is batting with a strike rate of 171.57 with an average of 50. His best was against MI where he scored unbeaten 66 runs. Daryl Mitchell is getting back to his rhythm after scoring a half-century against SRH. Hasn’t been impressed much with the innings he played till now. 

MS Dhoni batted in 8 innings and has scored 110 runs with a strike rate of 229.17. In the 8 innings he was dismissed only once which came in the last match and as a result his average is 110. He mostly came to bat in the last or second last over and with his destruction added valuable runs. Ravindra Jadeja has performed decently till now as he scored 159 runs with the bat which includes one 50+ knock while with the bowl he has 5 wickets to his name with an economy of 7.53. 

The team got a huge strike as their death over specialist Mustafizur Rahman left the team due to national duty and now the team will have to look into another one. In 9 matches he got 14 wickets which is the most for his team. Matheesha Pathirana is also in best form having grabbed 13 wickets till now in 6 innings. He has an average of 13 with an economy of 7.68. 

Tushar Deshpande is also contributing in the wicket departments with 10 wickets to his name while Deepak Chahar might miss the match due to the injury in the last match. Chahar has taken 5 wickets till now.          

Probable playing 11 for the match:

Ruturaj Gaikwad ©, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Daryl Mitchell, Ravindra Jadeja, Sameer Rizvi, MS Dhoni, Shardul Thakur, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Despande. 

(Impact Player: Mitchell Santner) 

Punjab Kings (PBKS):

After two back to back victories, this team is looking much more stable than before. The two came against the top 4, one against KKR and the other one against CSK. In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, it was looking quite a difficult task for Sam Curran to get back into winning track but he got his nerves and maintained the hopes of playoffs.

After making his return into the Playing 11, Jonny Bairstow has shown some lethality with the bat. In the last two matches he scored 108 and 46 runs. Punjab was missing a solid start, which he fulfilled. He has managed 250 runs till now with a strike rate of 165.56. Prabhsimran Singh also helped him at the start as he contributed 221 runs in 10 matches with a strike rate of 161.31. 

Shashank Singh is continuing the pace in his runs department with 288 runs till now. He has an average of 72 and a blasting strike rate of 169.41. He is providing healthy power hitting to the team and is highly contributing to the winning cause. Rilee Rossouw also looked in rhythm after scoring 43 runs in the last match. 

Skipper Sam Curran though is unable to make his contribution with the bat much but with the bowl he has some quality spells and as a result he grabbed 12 wickets for the team with an economy slightly on a higher side which is 9.94. Ashutosh Sharma has launched his power hitting whenever he came to bat and as a result his strike rate is 189.29. 

Harshal Patel is leading the team in terms of wicket-taking with 14 wickets to his name. The only thing which he needs to worry about is his economy which is 10.24, as he conceded many runs especially in the death overs. Arshdeep Singh is also consistent with the wicket taking process with 13 wickets to his name but the economy being high which is above 10. 

Kagiso Rabada has taken 11 wickets while spinners Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar were brilliant in the last match.                 

Probably playing 11 for the Match:

Sam Curran ©, Prabhsimran Singh, Jonny Bairstow, Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh.  

(Impact Player: Rahul Chahar) 

Head to Head (PBKS vs CSK):

They played 29 matches against each other.    

Highest score231240
Lowest score92120

Pitch Report:

The match will be played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala. It is a balanced pitch in which it will favour both batters and bowlers. Pacers will get quite a good amount of swing while the batters can easily target the short boundaries. Chasing has been more favourable in this pitch.                                     

Weather Report:

The weather will be quite smoother. The higher temperature will be 28 degree celsius while it will drop down to 19 degree celsius at night. Humidity will be quite high which is close to 50%. There is a little chance of rain which is approximately 10%, but it will not damage the match much.                   

Best 11 for the Match:

Jonny Bairstow, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Daryl Mitchell, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh, Richard Gleeson.

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