CSK look to fix bowling woes as defending champions seek first win


Jonny Bairstow is ready to return to Punjab Kings’ XI having accomplished his quarantine upon arrival from the Caribbean

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For the primary time of their historical past, Chennai Tremendous Kings have misplaced their opening two matches of an IPL marketing campaign, and Ravindra Jadeja’s workforce can be eager to get off the mark in opposition to Punjab Kings on Sunday.

On a batting pleasant pitch on the Brabourne Stadium, Dwayne Bravo and Dwaine Pretorius can be essential for the Tremendous Kings’ prospects, provided that they lack high quality tempo choices. The Tremendous Kings have struggled within the absence of Deepak Chahar, because the workforce has been lacking a bowler who can strike inside the primary six overs – a task during which Chahar flourished. In each their losses, in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants, not one of the Tremendous Kings pacers took a wicket throughout that section; with Adam Milne and Chris Jordan each unavailable, Mukesh Choudhary and Tushar Deshpande particularly returned costly figures in opposition to the Tremendous Giants.
The Kings, in the meantime, are coming off a loss in opposition to the Knight Riders having aced a chase of 206 of their first match in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Kings’ bowlers might do with some enchancment, as they’ve taken a complete of simply six wickets from two matches.

Whereas Kagiso Rabad’s presence can be a lift, and Rahul Chahar has stored batters quiet, the Kings can be anticipating extra from the likes of Arshdeep Singh and Harpreet Brar.

On paper, each groups have a strong batting line-up, having every posted 200-plus scores this season already. Count on one other run-fest on Sunday.

Within the information

Jonny Bairstow is ready to return to the Kings’ XI, having accomplished his quarantine upon arrival from the Caribbean. The aggressive England batter will largely exchange West Indies allrounder Odean Smith. Raj Bawa might make manner for pacer Sandeep Sharma.

Adam Milne missed the Tremendous Kings’ second recreation attributable to harm, however based on head coach Stephen Fleming, he’s “not too far-off” from returning. If he’s match, the New Zealand fast is prone to exchange one among Choudhary or Deshpande.

Probably XIs

Chennai Tremendous Kings : 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Robin Uthappa, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 Ravindra Jadeja (capt), 7 MS Dhoni (wk), 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Dwaine Pretorious, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Tushar Deshpande/Mukesh Choudhary

Punjab Kings: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Mayank Agarwal (capt), 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 M Shahrukh Khan, 7 Harpreet Brar, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Arshdeep Singh

Technique punt

Rahul Chahar has been distinctive in opposition to left-handers, so can be trusted in opposition to Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube and Jadeja. Amongst spinners bowling to left-handers in India since 2019, he has taken 11 wickets, the second-most after Rashid Khan and has the most effective strike price.

Stats that matter

  • Since 2019, no bowler has taken extra wickets than Rabada within the IPL. Additionally, within the demise overs, the South African has taken probably the most wickets on this interval.
  • The Tremendous Kings have been the higher workforce on this head-to-head, profitable 15 out of 25 video games in opposition to the Kings. Additionally since 2018, the Tremendous Kings have gained 5 out of eight matches in opposition to the Kings.
  • Shikhar Dhawan averages 40+ in opposition to the Tremendous Kings within the IPL, and 66.8 for the reason that 2020 version.
  • Srinidhi Ramanujam is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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