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IPL 2022 – The BEST Chennai Super Kings Playing XI to face the Punjab Kings

On April 25, the Chennai Super Kings will face the Punjab Kings in IPL 2022 Match 38 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. CSK will be brimming with confidence heading into this game after a stunning last-ball triumph over archrivals Mumbai Indians in the previous round. At the same time, they will be eager to avenge their reverse fixture loss to PBKS, which they lost by a massive score of 54 runs.

While the defending champions did manage a hard-fought thrilling win against MI in the previous match despite a top-order collapse, they would not be eager to make any changes to their side and would instead stick to the same winning combination that helped them add two more valuable points to their tally.

In this article, we are going to talk about the BEST Chennai Super Kings Playing XI to face the Punjab Kings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa continue to open the innings

 

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Ruturaj Gaikwad, CSK’s batting star, surged back to form against Gujarat Titans with a 48-ball 73, but was removed for a golden duck against Mumbai the next game. The Maharashtra batsman will now look to make amends against Punjab’s dangerous bowling assault.

Throughout the tournament, Robin Uthappa’s performances have been up and down. The seasoned hitter has 227 runs from seven matches, averaging 32.43 and a strike rate of 147.40, including two half-centuries, with his highest score being 88 against his former side, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

 

Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk) and Dwaine Pretorius solidify the middle order

 

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With a handful of their batters roaring back to form, all eyes will be on CSK’s middle-order. Ambati Rayudu hit a 35-ball 40 as the titleholders were losing wickets early in their pursuit against Mumbai. Shivam Dube has been one of Chennai’s most consistent batting performers this season, scoring 239 runs in seven appearances.

Dwaine Pretorius scored a crucial 22 runs from 14 deliveries in the previous game against MI, and he will be seeking to improve his performance in the following game with some valuable runs in the middle-order. MS Dhoni demonstrated that he is still capable of playing the finisher’s position to perfection with an unbeaten 13-ball 28 as he clobbered Jaydev Unadkat for six and two fours to secure a thrilling win for the reigning champions.

 

Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo add some all-rounder spice

 

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So far in the league, the new CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja’s performance has not been up to par. The southpaw has only scored 91 runs in seven matches, with his best score being an undefeated 26. The Gujarat all-rounder has also not impressed with the ball in hand, having taken five wickets at an economy rate of 8.13.

So far, Dwayne Bravo has been the Chennai Super Kings’ most consistent performer with the ball in hand. He ranks fourth on the Purple Cap list with 12 wickets from seven appearances at an average of 18.08 and an economy rate of 8.45. Meanwhile, the Caribbean star’s batting still needs development, as he has only scored 10 runs and three not-outs so far.

 

Mitchell Santner, Maheesh Theekshana, and Mukesh Choudhary form the bowling attack

 

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The CSK bowlers performed well together to limit the Mumbai Indians to a reasonable score of 155/7. Mitchell Santner, a left-arm spinner from New Zealand, may have only taken one wicket, but he was exceedingly economical, conceding only 16 runs in three overs at an economy rate of 5.3. Maheesh Theekshana has shown a lot of promise in his first IPL season. In the four games he has played, the Sri Lankan bowler has taken seven wickets.

Mukesh Choudhary fractured MI’s backbone in the last match, particularly with the toe-crushing yorker that flattened opener Ishan Kishan for a golden duck in the opening over. He ended his three overs with figures of 3/19. When he bowls to Punjab’s legendary batting line-up, the young bowler will be hoping to continue his fine run.