It is the battle of the Kings, as the Super Kings take on the Punjab Kings in what is now shaping up to be a must-win game for the men in yellow. Punjab finds themselves in a place of strength and will definitely fancy themselves against the men in yellow who are clearly under transition and are still getting a feel in terms of team balance as well as tactical adjustments. Both teams will definitely be looking to get this win and put on a spectacle for the fans. It will be a great cricket match between two sides who need to win this game.
Chennai Super Kings
The transition for Ravindra Jadeja as the captain has got off to a very rocky start. After a humbling at the hands of the Knight Riders, the Kings went on to lose their second game on the trot after failing to defend a seemingly insurmountable total of 210. Te bowling came up an absolute cropper, with the likes of Tushar Deshpande and Mukesh Choudhary being taken to the cleaners by the Lucknow batsmen. They will want to play some better live cricket this time around.
The absence of their bowling spearhead Deepak Chahar is dearly felt, especially in the powerplay, where he more often than not won the game for the Super Kings. The batting seems to be alright, given that they were able to post that big of a total in the first place. Chennai will have to start winning games before it is too late or else it could be a pretty rocky road for their title defense.
The Punjab kings on the whole look a very settled unit, both in terms of batting and bowling. They have the right balance of caution and aggression, and with the likes of Mayank and Dhawan being able to accelerate at will, they can definitely fancy their chances of putting up a big total as well as chase one if they have to. With the swashbuckling Jonny Bairstow set to return to the fold after the series against the Windies and Kagiso Rabada expected to be playing in this game, this will be a much more formidable team than the one they played in their first game.
Chennai Super Kings have enjoyed a comfortable advantage over the Punjab boys in terms of this fixture, winning 16 out of the 26 games between these two, with Punjab taking the remaining 10.
Chennai seems to be in transition and is yet to adequately replace the quality of Deepak Chahar in the bowling. The Punjab Kings will definitely be fancied to be the ones to take the 2 points from this fixture, due to the sheer balance and chemistry in the side.
Date and Time
3rd April 2022 (Sunday) at 7:30 pm
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
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