CHE vs PUN Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Match 53- Preview, Match Details, Pitch & Weather Report, Probable XIs, Fantasy Picks
After two back to back losses in the hands of Rajasthan and Delhi, Chennai are slightly in the back foot going into the playoffs. To finish in the top 2, it’s a must win game for the men in yellow. On the other hand, Punjab has to win in order to keep their hopes alive in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Even though the process seems very complicated but if even Punjab wins by a huge margin, then they can topple Kolkata for the fourth spot. After that, they need to depend on Rajasthan to beat Kolkata and then expect Mumbai to lose against Hyderabad.
Punjab’s captain KL Rahul is once again having a brilliant season with the bat. He is the leading run scorer of the league but like every other season; he didn’t get enough support from his teammates. Mayank supported him in numerous occasions but like most of the teams this season, Punjab’s middle order failed to put up a decent show. The young bowlers tried their best and with more time, they will be an asset but for now, they proved to be a bit costly for the franchise.
Chennai is not in their usual colours as well. After being a consistent team for the most part of the season, they are slowly drifting away. It looks like that the men in yellow are heavily dependent on Rituraj and Du Plessis. Even though Rayudu played some good cricket in the last match, but the overall batting strike rate will be a big concern. Captain cool also needs to get his mojo back. Otherwise, even after a good start, Chennai are struggling to post a good total.
It’s very much a must win game for both the teams. Chennai needs to win in order to play the qualifier 1 while Punjab needs a big win to stay in the hunt for playoffs. Thus, the first match of terrific Thursday will indeed be a captivating one.
Match: CHE vs PUN, 53rd Match, Indian T20 League 2021
Date: Thursday, October 07, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Pitch & Weather Report
The toss will be a crucial one at Dubai. The pitch is expected to be sluggish in nature and will help the team bowling second. Dew can also be a deciding factor and thus makes the toss a very important one to win.
The average temperature at Dubai will be around 32-34 degree Celsius with humidity of 45%.
CHE vs PUN Squads
CHE: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma.
PUN: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Moises Henriques, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis
CHE vs PUN Probable XIs
CHE: . Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina/Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar.
PUN: KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Fabian Allen/Adil Rashid, Chris Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
It’s a tough one to crack. Both the teams will go for the win and team who’ll be more consistent on the day will win. However, in a decisive match, it’s hard to bet against Dhoni. With the playoffs right in the corner the men in yellow needs to get their act together and might actually do against an inconsistent Punjab side.
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