CSK vs PBKS: 4 Player Battles To Watch Out For
CSK will take on PBKS on Sunday [Source: IPLT20.com]
On Sunday afternoon, Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Punjab Kings in the 41st match of the Indian Premier League 2023. Both teams comprise some outright match-winners, so we expect a fascinating clash in at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
Meanwhile, there are some on-field rivalries which can determine the outcome of the game. Let's analyse and list such four player battles to watch out for in this face-off.
Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Arshdeep Singh
Ruturaj Gaikwad in action [Source: AP]
Ace Punjab Kings' seamer Arshdeep Singh had a forgettable outing last time, conceding 54 runs against Lucknow Super Giants in his four-over spell. However, the promising left-arm speedster has an upper hand over the CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, dismissing him twice in the IPL.
Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Arshdeep Singh (in IPL): 13 balls, 7 runs, 2 dismissals
Shikhar Dhawan vs Moeen Ali
Shikhar Dhawan has been Punjab's mainstay with the bat [Source: AP]
Shikhar Dhawan has been a mainstay for Punjab Kings since joining them. The stylish southpaw is in scintillating form, amassing 234 runs at a superb average of 78 and a blisetring strike rate of 145.34.
However, Dhawan has repeatedly struggled against right-arm off-spinners, which is why CSK captain MS Dhoni might bring Moeen Ali a bit earlier to neutralise him. Moeen has also dismissed him twice in ODIs.
Shivam Dube vs Kagiso Rabada
Shivam Dube is in sublime form [Source: AP]
Shivam Dube has showcased his amazing hard-hitting skills in the IPL this season, emerging as CSK's go-to man to accelerate in the middle overs. However, Kagiso Rabada has been a nightmare for the swashbuckling southpaw and could prevent him from scoring big in this match.
Shivam Dube vs Kagiso Rabada: 19 balls, 23 runs, 2 dismissals
Liam Livingstone vs Ravindra Jadeja
Dynamic English batter Liam Livingstone hasn't been at his best in the IPL 2023, managing only 35 runs at a miserable average of 11.67 in three appearances. To make matters worse, he will be up against CSK's in-form spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has kept him quiet in T20s so far.
Liam Livingstone vs Ravindra Jadeja (in T20s): 11 balls, 13 runs, 1 dismissal