IPL 2021: Chennai vs Punjab 53rd match, watch live updates here & Score

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings and KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings are facing each other in the 53rd match of IPL 2021. By winning this match, CSK will try to stay in the top 2. This is the last league match of both the teams. Punjab won the toss and invited Chennai to bat first. Punjab has made one change in their playing XI. Chris Jordan has returned in place of Nicholas Pooran. Punjab Kings are almost out of the playoff race. Punjab had also lost in the last match. Both the teams will play their last match in the league round today.

30 for 2 in Chennai’s powerplay
Chennai’s team has lost two wickets for 29 runs. Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh first dismissed Ruturaj Gaikwad, followed by Moeen Ali off the fourth ball of his second over. Moeen could not even open the account despite playing 6 balls. Chennai scored 30 runs for 2 wickets in the powerplay.

First blow to Chennai, in form opener Ruturaj out cheaply
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who came to open the innings for Chennai, was dismissed cheaply in this match. Arshdeep Singh got him caught by Shahrukh Khan on the fifth ball of the fourth over of Chennai’s innings. Ruturaj was dismissed after scoring 12 runs in 14 balls. Chennai lost their first wicket on a total score of 19 runs.

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Punjab Kings (Playing XI)
KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Edin Markram, Sarfaraz Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Moz Henriques, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI)
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood. Punjab’s team is on the sixth position while its net run rate is also in the negative. They face an almost impossible challenge but the KL Rahul-led team would like to end the season on a good note. On the other hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team would like to lift their morale by securing a big win before the playoffs and will also aim to cement their place in the top-2.

face to face

Total matches: 24

Chennai victory: 15

Punjab victory: 9

Probable Playing XI

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar

KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shah Rukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.

pitch and weather
The behavior of the Dubai pitch in the last few matches has been different in both the innings. However, the team batting first can create pressure by scoring around 160. Players are not expected to get relief from the heat and humidity.

[Attribution to NBT]

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