PBKS have made a mixed start to their IPL 2022 journey. They were excellent with the bat in their first match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), chasing down a target of 206 with five wickets in hand. However, the same batting floundered against KKR as they were restricted to 137 batting first. The bowlers fought hard but Kolkata eventually eased to victory on the back of Andre Russell’s batting might.
CSK impressed with the bat against LSG as Robin Uthappa scored a brisk fifty and good contributions came from Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube. However, they would want runs from Ruturaj Gaikwad and more out of Ambati Rayudu. There is some weakness in the bowling with the likes of Dube and Tushar Deshpande.
CSK Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (w), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande
PBKS need to be consistent with their batting. Bhanuka Rajapaksa is the only one who has been among the runs in both the games. Liam Livingstone needs to get his act right because he has failed far too often in the IPL. Rahul Chahar has been excellent with the ball for PBKS while Kagiso Rabada’s presence has been a welcome addition to the squad.
PBKS Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (w), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Rishi Dhawan, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar
Top fantasy picks for CSK vs PBKS clash: Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rahul Chahar
--Renin Wilben Albert