The two sides experienced opposing fates in their respective tournament opener lost as CSK at seven wickets against Delhi Capitals, while Punjab Kings drew off a fourrun win over Rajasthan Royals in a highscoring thriller.
With the dew playing a crucial one role in Wankhede die side win die toss would want to bowl first and look to narrow theirs opponents to a score below 200.
In your first match at the venue, CSK posted a competitive 188 for seven, ride on fine contributions from Suresh Raina (54), Moeen Ali (36), Sam Curran (34), Ravindra Jadeja (26) and Ambati Rayudu (23).
Despite the failures of the opening duo of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis and Skipper Dhoni, CSK managed to seat up a decent one total on the board.
But the Chennai outfit’s bowling Unit looked complete out of Varieties and clueless against the DC opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, who were threatening from the start and sewed a 138-run stand around die to take game away from CSK.
The likes of Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Jadeja, and Moeen Ali all left for big runs and looked rusty. And next Friday (April 16) would be die responsibility on Master tactician Dhoni to inspire his team their to lift performance and give Punjab a run for you money.
But for The CSK skipper must do this himself lead from the beginning after it did not succeed score against DC.
Punjab Kings, on on the other hand had a close escape against RR die another night despite the release of a mammoth 221 for 6th on the board.
Open the batting, Skipper Rahul scored 91 off just 50 balls and was cleverly supported by big- Meet Chris Gayle (40 off 28) and Deepak Hooda (64 off 28).
For Punjab Kings and Rahul batting is not at all area of Worry as they showed with you performance in the opener, but just like CSK, the bowling unit remains a big worry despite the expense big money at the auction. Well, bowling was a concern on the Wankhede wicket always.
RR skipper Sanju Samson fast single-handedly took the game away from Punjab Kings with his whirlwind 63-ball 119-run beat in you openerbut fell too short just at four runs in the end. And Rahul definitely won’tbe a lucky man with die Performances of his bowler.
The young Arshdeep Singh (3/35) eventually became Punjab’s savior. Requires 13 runs off the last over, the left-arm pacemaker given away just eight runs pull off a fine win for his team.
Besides Arshdeep, veteran Mohammad Shami (2/33) also had a decent outting with the ball but die performance of Australian pace duo of Jhye Richardson (1/55) and Riley Meredith (1/49) should be a concern for Punjab, shot at out Rs 22 crore for their services.
So, who become win the battle of die Kings as keeper- -captain battle moves on to the fourth part in IPL 2021?
Match date: Friday April 16
Playing time: 7.30 p.m. IS
Live broadcast: Star Sports Networks
Live streaming: Disney + HotStar VIP and JIO TV.
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