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Punjab Kings are all set to lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in the 8th IPL 2021 match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 16th April.

The match between the two is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST. Star Sports network will broadcast the match on TV, and the live streaming of the game will also be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV app.

Preview: Punjab Kings (PK) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), 8th IPL Match

It will be KL Rahul vs Dhoni as we see Punjab Kings getting ready to face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. Despite making appearances in 2 playoffs and 1 final, Punjab Kings have failed to retain the coveted IPL trophy. With a star-studded team, Punjab Kings have had a great start in almost every IPL season but have failed to maintain consistency. However, they’ll be looking to change all of that by delivering strong performances in IPL 2021. The Kings have three serious match-winners at the top – KL Rahul, Mayank Agrawal, and Chris Gayle. Also, they have bolstered their bowling department by acquiring the services of prominent players like Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith.

Their opposition, Chennai Super Kings had a poor outing in the 13th edition of the IPL and would be looking to improve their performances this year. The side remains mostly the same as IPL 2020 but Suresh Raina’s addition will surely give them a boost. Raina will be looking to give CSK a good start, with the likes of Ambati Rayadu and MS Dhoni handling the middle order. Also, the availability of all-rounders such as Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja gives CSK options in both batting and bowling departments.

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium has been home to excellent batting wickets over the years and is absolutely batting friendly. The team winning the toss should likely be opting to bowl first here.

Weather Report

The weather at the Wankhede Stadium is forecasted to be clear on Friday. The Temperature will be looming around the 30 degrees Celsius mark during the gameplay.

Average First Innings Score

The average first innings score at the venue here is 174.

Punjab Kings (PK) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Probable XI

Punjab Kings Probable XI

Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Jhye Richardson, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Punjab Kings Complete Squad

KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Dawid Malan, Fabian Allen, Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh.

Chennai Super Kings Probable XI

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali/Imran Tahir, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur

Chennai Super Kings Complete Squad

MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Faf Du Plessis, Ravi Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, R. Sai Kishore, Deepak Chahar, Harisankar Reddy, Bhagvath Varma, Cheteshwar Pujara

  • Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul
  • Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Mayank Agrawal, Suresh Raina, Faf Du Plessis
  • All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Fabian Allen
  • Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Riley Meredith

Man of the Match Prediction

Suresh Raina is the likely prospect for the man of the match title in the upcoming clash.

Winner Prediction

With a well-balanced batting and bowling lineup, both Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings will be looking to ensure their victory in the upcoming game. The two sides have locked horns in 23 IPL games to date, of which Chennai has won 14 games and Punjab has 9 victories to their name. Speaking of their last two encounters in IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings won both games. So, considering these stats, it’s likely that CSK will be dominant over PK in the upcoming clash.

Our Predictions

  • Who will win the toss? Punjab Kings
  • Who will win? Chennai Super Kings
  • Top Batsman (Runs scored): Suresh Raina  
  • Top Bowler (Wickets taken): Mohammed Shami
  • Most Sixes: Chris Gayle
  • Man of the Match: Suresh Raina
  • Team Scores Batting first: Under 174 Punjab Kings
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Last Updated on April 12, 2021

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