Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Punjab Kings (PBKS) at their home ground, MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on Sunday. The two teams come into this match on the back of defeats in their previous fixtures, with CSK falling short against Rajasthan Royals and PBKS losing to Lucknow Super Giants.
CSK will start the match as favorites, with their spin bowlers expected to play a major role on their home turf. The Chennai pitch has traditionally been slow and low, which suits spin bowlers more than pacers. CSK has a strong spin attack, led by veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has played many matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium during his time with the franchise.
CSK captain MS Dhoni is known for his shrewd captaincy, especially when it comes to using his spinners effectively. He will be looking to strangle the PBKS batters with his spin arsenal, which also includes the likes of Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, and Moeen Ali.
PBKS, on the other hand, have struggled in their previous matches, especially with their batting. Despite having a star-studded line-up that includes the likes of KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran, PBKS has failed to deliver with the bat. In their last match against Lucknow Super Giants, PBKS was bowled out for a meager 120 runs, with only Mayank Agarwal scoring more than 20 runs.
PBKS will be hoping for a better batting performance in this match, especially against CSK’s spin attack. They will also be looking to their spinners, such as Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin, to exploit the conditions in Chennai and put pressure on the CSK batsmen.
CSK, on the other hand, will be looking to improve their batting, which has been inconsistent in the tournament so far. Their top-order has failed to fire, with the likes of Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina struggling for form. Dhoni himself has also been criticized for his slow batting in the middle overs.
However, CSK’s batting line-up has the potential to be lethal, with the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, and Ravindra Jadeja capable of scoring quick runs. If they can find their form, they could pose a serious threat to the PBKS bowlers.