Tuesday, April 26, 2022

IPL: read what happened with CSK vs PBKs

IPL 2022, PBKS vs CSK: Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings seek redemption

A promising beginning with another arrangement of players and care staff followed by an unexpected slashing and changing of the playing eleven, prompting a rut and in the end surrendering to the strain of winning must-win challenges. The layout continues as before for Punjab Kings each IPL season, and 2022 is the same.

Moping at the eighth spot in the focuses table, Punjab Kings have figured out how to stash just three of their seven games up to this point, and will look for recovery of fortune when they take on a striving Chennai Super Kings, put one bar lower than the red and gold detachment, at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

The last time they confronted each other recently, Punjab held the high ground with a 54-run win.

However, with the reigning champs ultimately finishing their forgettable beginning of five continuous misfortunes, with triumphs against RCB and Mumbai Indians, it absolutely won't be a stroll in the park for Mayank Agarwal's side.

Move over 🚁, here's Shikhar's 🚀 shot #PunjabKings #SaddaPunjab #IPL2022 #ਸਾਡਾਪੰਜਾਬ #ShikharDhawan @SDhawan25 https://t.co/FV3o6J1v7y

— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) 1650821285000

Over the seasons, one thing that has tormented Punjab is absence of consistency, and regardless of bragging the best muscle-power in their batting line-up this season, the Kings' weakness was uncovered by the quality left-arm twist of Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav, prompting a nine-wicket embarrassment because of Delhi Capitals in their past excursion.

While Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan have been among the runs, their principle stress will be the failing Englishman Jonny Bairstow, who has been a pale shadow of his magnificent best during his spell with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last two or three seasons.

Another 𝙈&𝙈 we all love! ❤️#SaddaPunjab #IPL2022 #PunjabKings #ਸਾਡਾਪੰਜਾਬ #PBKSvCSK @msdhoni https://t.co/P1LuedoSWY

— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) 1650819995000

Having managed 41 runs in four innings at a paltry strike rate of 105. 12, Bairstow will be feeling the pinch as another failure could see him make way for Sri Lankan power-hitter Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who boasts of a staggering strike-rate of 230. 56, and has already proved his credentials in the first three games.

The other English import Liam Livingstone has been in superb form, save the last outing against Delhi, which in a way exposed the lack of adaptability of an all-out attacking approach from Punjab. Jitesh Sharma and M Shahrukh Khan have consistently delivered the goods.

Striking through the nets ⚔️#Yellove #WhistlePodu 🦁💛 @imjadeja https://t.co/vUSI57d7jm

— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 1650814434000

Given Punjab's record of constantly changing their XI, it will be interesting to see if West Indian all-rounder Odean Smith is brought back to bolster their lower-order batting.

Punjab's bowling has been decent with pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada justifying his hefty Rs 9.25 crore price tag, while Arshdeep Singh and Vaibhav Arora complementing the South African well. Spinners Rahul Chahar and Livingstone will be expected to pull up their socks against the likes of Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Catch up 🤝 before the match up💪!#WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁💛 https://t.co/yhjvHpeAG7

— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 1650801735000

Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, will be inspired by the efforts of the legendary Dhoni, who besides forcing Mumbai Indians into submission also reminded his critics that his finishing skills are still among the best in world cricket. With hopes of being in the play-offs race hanging by a thread, the Yellow brigade will be expecting the likes of Ruturaj and Moeen Ali to get back to form. Senior batters Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu have been consistent but their skipper Ravindra Jadeja is yet to fire with both the bat and ball.

Their bowling have been seriously hit by the absence of Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne, but despite that old warhorse Dwayne Bravo has led the unit well with rookie pacer Mukesh Choudhary announcing his arrival with three wickets in the last game.

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