The CSK vs PBKS encounter of IPL 2022 will take place on April 3 (Sunday) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Chennai is led by Ravindra Jadeja in IPL 2022 while Mayank Agarwal will captain Punjab Kings.
CSK have had a very poor start to this season.
They have lost both their games in a hapless manner.
Against Kolkata Knight Riders, they could muster just 131 runs which were chased down easily.
Also, they couldn’t defend 210 runs against Lucknow Supergiants.
Though it’s early in the tournament, CSK will be desperate to put their first points on the table.
Punjab Kings have won one and lost one so far.
They beat Royal Challengers Bangalore first by chasing down 205. But against Kolkata Knight Riders, they collapsed for only 137.
Punjab will have their batting further bolstered with the arrival of Jonny Bairstow.
The English batter has completed his quarantine and is likely to walk into the playing 11 at at the expense of Sri Lankan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Adam Milne missed the last game due to side strain.
Therefore, CSK fielded only three overseas players. If he is fit, he could replace Mukesh Choudhary.
The other interesting selection for CSK could be bringing in Maheesh Theekshana, the mystery spinner if Milne fails to recover.
He is an unknown quantity in the IPL and could turn out to be the trump card.
Head to Head record
Total Matches Played 26
Chennai Super Kings Won 16
Punjab Kings Won 10
CSK Likely Playing 11
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Adam Milne, Deepak Chahar
PBKS Likely Playing 11
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Raj Bawa, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar
Best batters of match
Moeen Ali, Shikhar Dhawan
Best bowlers of match
Dwaine Pretorius, Rahul Chahar
The Brabourne Stadium is totally flat and is producing high-scoring games this season.
Considering the batting firepower of both teams, another high-scoring game is on the cards.
Who will win
CSK will be hungry to prove a point and PBKS will be anxious to get back to winning ways.
The teams are equally packed with batting and bowling firepower.
Hence, the team that is more relaxed and steps up during key moments will win the game.
For this reason, we feel CSK has the edge due to their collective experience.
Our prediction is that CSK will win.