CSK vs PBKS IPL 2021 Match 53: Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings are set to take on each other in the 53rd match of IPL 2021 on Thursday. Chennai Super Kings might be sitting at the second position on the points table but are coming into this game on the back of two consecutive defeats. As a result of that, they also lost their top position on the points table.
Currently, they have 9 wins in 13 matches. They need to win their last game against Punjab to keep themselves in the contention of a top-four finish. CSK played their last game against Delhi Capitals. Against a powerful bowling unit of Delhi Capitals, CSK’s batting unit failed to hit the straps. Ambati Rayudu was the only batsman who made an impact in the top six.
Riding on his 55-run knock, CSK managed to score 136 runs. CSK fought hard in the second innings, bowled at great areas and took the game till the final over. However, Delhi Capitals, in the end, crossed the finishing line in 19.4 overs.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings are coming off a defeat at the hands of RCB. With that defeat, they also ended their hopes of reaching the playoffs. Punjab conceded 164 runs against RCB in the first innings. Moises Henriques was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 12 in 4 overs. However, the other bowlers proved a bit expensive.
Punjab, in reply, fell short of 6 runs. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave a blistering start. But once the skipper got out, Punjab lost the plot as, once again, the middle-order failed to step up with the bat.
CSK vs PBKS Playing XI:
Ahead of an exciting encounter between Punjab and Chennai, here’s a look at the predicted playing XI of both sides:
Chennai Super Kings – Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Punjab Kings – KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda/Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
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