IPL 2021, Match 8: PBKS vs CSK


Guwahati:  Punjab Kings (PBKS) will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a crucial IPL 2021 clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

PBKS are flying high after their last-ball win over the Rajasthan Royals in their IPL opener. Batting first on a flat Wankhede wicket, Punjab scored 221/6, courtesy of useful contributions from KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Deepak Hooda.

Despite Sanju Samson’s brilliant century, Arshdeep Singh held his nerve in the last over to help PBKS start their IPL 2021 campaign on a winning note.

While Punjab seemed at home playing at the batting-friendly Wankhede, Chennai Super Kings looked out of sorts in their opening IPL game. CSK, who have assembled their team, keeping the rank turners of Chepauk in mind, struggled to keep up with the flat nature of the Wankhede surface.

Here are the predicted playing XIs:

Chennai Super Kings – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar 

Punjab Kings – KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi/Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh