PBKS vs CSK Match Preview
CSK vs PBKS: Punjab Kings & Chennai Super Kings will come in a face-off, in the 8th Match of the IPL 2021 on Friday, April 14 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
PBKS will come in today’s match by taking the positives from their previous victory over Rajasthan Royals whereas CSK will head in today’s match by taking the learnings of their previous seven wickets defeat against Delhi Capitals which was a result of their ineffective bowling attack along with poor fielding.
Punjab Kings will look ahead to avoid the mistakes they committed in the last season of the IPL i.e. constantly changing their playing XI. They will give some time to Jhye Richardson & Riley Meredith to adapt to Indian conditions as they didn’t have any previous experience of playing in India.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK on the other hand will need to step up & perform by scoring runs at the top order. A 33/2score of power-play depicts the flaws in their batting as they fell short of posting a competitive total with almost 15-20 runs. CSK star player Suresh Raina made a solid comeback & strengthened their middle batting order with some valuable contribution with his bat. However, all the plus points of their batting become negative due to their ineffective bowling attack & poor fielding stint.
DJ Bravo of CSK was the only bowler who didn’t face the onslaught with the bat by Prithvi Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan. Both Deepak Chahar & Sam Curran faced difficulty in bowling with the new ball as the pitch was flat & had very less swing to offer the bowlers. How CSK will learn from their previous mistakes & bowl to the PBKS openers in today’s clash is a wait & watch thing.
In the previous clashes, CSK had defeated Punjab in the two matches being played between these two teams in the last IPL season. But it seems that KL Rahul led PBKS had raised their standards. We can expect a neck to neck competition between both the teams in today’s clash at the Wankhede Stadium.
CSK vs PBKS Match Prediction:
With well-equipped players like Arshdeep Singh & Deepak Hooda, PBKS looks like a more balanced & strong team as compared to CSK. CSK still don’t seem to have settled with their best team combination yet & their slow starts in the power play look like they could lose another match.
Cricketflicker Prediction: Punjab Kings could Win.