PBKS vs CSK IPL today match prediction: CSK lost the game after posting 188 runs on the board against DC and that shows two things. First is it is really difficult to defend in Mumbai and the second thing is the poor bowling attack of CSK. They hardly troubled DC batsmen and Prithvi Shaw in particular who is vulnerable against in-swinger wasn’t tested even with a good in-coming delivery. They would like to bring in more discipline with the ball.
Punjab Kings were spot on with some of their tactics and luckily some of the gamble they took paid off. The move to demote Nicholas Pooran could hurt them really bad in the long term and it will be interesting to see how long they sustain with Deepak Hooda at #4.
+ KL Rahul played with the right intent post powerplay and took advantage of all the bad balls and punished the weaklink in the opposition.
+ They used Riley Meredith as an enforcer in the middle overs, though he was expensive, that was the right usage of the lanky fast bowler.
– They have Jhye Richardson at #7 in the batting order and it might hurt them if their top order fails.
– As mentioned earlier, they are not fully maximizing the resources as Nicholas Pooran at #5 is a bad move.
Chennai Super Kings
+ Suresh Raina provided the much needed impetus in the middle overs.
+ MS Dhoni demoted himself to maximize the resources.
– Their bowling as a whole looks pathetic at the moment.
– They should be scoring at a much quicker rate in the powerplay considering the batting depth they have.
PBKS playing 11 (Likely)
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Riley Meredith, Arshdeep Singh
CSK playing 11 (Likely)
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Form guide (Last 5 games)
Records at Mumbai (T20 format)
PBKS- 4 wins and 8 defeats in 12 games
CSK- 7 wins and 8 defeats in 15 games
Punjab Kings certainly look the superior side on paper and are also on the back of a win but CSK are a champion side led by a veteran wicket keeper who is known for comebacks. CSK would have done their homework big time and they can easily knock out Punjab in this game as MS Dhoni has the option of Lungi Ngidi as well for this match.
CSK batters looked in good form and they showed massive intent and if they can really play to their potential, Punjab Kings might lose their first game of the season.
Bet365- PBKS- 1.90, CSK- 1.90
Betway- PBKS- 1 85, CSK- 1.95
Today PBKS vs CSK match score: No total is safe in this venue and team batting first will aim to score at least 200
Today match pitch report: The wicket will be an excellent batting surface.
Who won yesterday game
RCB won the game by 6 runs against SRH
Tomorrow IPL match
MI vs SRH