PBKS vs CSK IPL 2021: It is time for yet another blockbuster encounter in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season as the Punjab Kings (PBKS) are all set to lock horns with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 16. Punjab Kings registered a thrilling 4-run win in their first match against Rajasthan Royals while Chennai lost their opening match to Delhi Capitals. However, on a flat Wankhede batting wicket, there will be many exciting players in action in this PBKS vs CSK match.
1. KL Rahul
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul just continued in IPL 2021 first game against Rajasthan Royals from where he left last year in UAE. Rahul played an amazing innings of 91 runs off just 50 balls that included 7 fours and 5 sixes. He was involved in a remarkable partnership of 105 runs with Deepak Hooda in the last match against RR. He was also the leading run-getter of IPL 2020 where he amassed a fabulous tally of 670 runs in 14 games at an average of 55.83.
KL Rahul’s last 4 T20 scores at the Wankhede Stadium: 91, 91, 100, 94
2. Deepak Hooda
The Punjab Kings surely surprised everyone by sending Deepak Hooda ahead of the explosive Nicholas Pooran in the previous match against Rajasthan Royals. Hooda certainly did not disappoint the team management and smashed a terrific knock of 64 runs off only 28 balls that consisted of 6 sixes and 4 fours. He also displayed great temperament while putting up a match-defining stand of 105 runs with skipper KL Rahul in a crucial situation for his team. Last year in IPL 2020, Hooda played some important knocks with the bat for Punjab scoring at an explosive strike-rate of 142.25.
Deepak Hooda vs RR in IPL 2021
3. Suresh Raina
Chennai Super Kings veteran batsman Suresh Raina looked in a remarkable form in just the first match of IPL 2021 which certainly looks a great sign for the team. Raina composed a wonderful innings of 54 runs off 36 balls that included 4 sixes and 3 fours. He was also involved in a fine 63-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu for the fourth wicket in the last match against Delhi Capitals. Raina who is called Mr.IPL has amassed a total of 5422 runs in 194 IPL matches at an average of 33.47 which includes 39 fifties and 1 century.
Suresh Raina vs DC in IPL 2021
4. Sam Curran
While coming on to bat lower down the order, Sam Curran played a useful knock with the bat for the Chennai Super Kings in the first match against Delhi Capitals. Curran smashed a crucial cameo of 34 runs off just 15 balls that consisted of 4 fours and 2 sixes to power his team towards a challenging total of 188 runs on the same venue. He smacked his elder brother Tom Curran for a total of 17 runs in the 19th over. Sam Curran is currently in a red hot form with the bat after his smashing unbeaten knock of 95 runs off 83 balls to nearly guide England to a massive win from an impossible situation in the final ODI against India.
Sam Curran in IPL 2020
5. Chris Gayle
The Universe Boss Chris Gayle looked in a superb touch in the first match for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021. Gayle played a quick-fire knock of 40 runs off only 28 balls that comprised of 4 fours and 2 sixes. He was also involved in a brilliant half-century partnership skipper KL Rahul in the previous game against Rajasthan Royals. The big-hitting West Indian opener smashed a total of 288 runs in 7 games at an average of 41.14 in IPL 2020.
Chris Gayle in last 5 T20s- 40, 68, 39, 40, 12
Punjab Kings are expected to retain the same playing XI that won the last game against Rajasthan Royals at the same venue. The Aussie pace bowling pair of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith were surely on the expensive side in the last match but the team management should look to back them. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are likely to play Lungi Ngidi in place of Dwayne Bravo in this match.
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