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What is IPL Match Today, CSK vs PBKS | Expected Changes, Winner Prediction

image-lh334e5tLiam Livingstone walking off the field after getting out against LSG (AP Photo)

It is time for another Super Sunday in IPL 2023 and we have Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 41st game of this 16th edition of the IPL. The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings have played some good cricket this season and have won five out of their 8 games. Punjab Kings, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold and have four wins and four losses from their 8 games so far. Expect both teams to come out all guns blazing in this crucial encounter.

What is the Venue of the CSK vs PBKS Game?

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Punjab Kings (PBKS) game will be played at CSK's home ground - MA Chidambaram Stadium. It is also known as the Chepauk and CSK have been pretty dominant at this venue with a win percentage of over 70 per cent. They have also won two of their three games in Chepauk this season.

What are the Expected Changes in the playing XI of CSK against PBKS?

MS Dhoni is not known to make drastic changes in the playing XI and is known to back his players. In the last game against RR, CSK bowlers leaked way too many runs against RR especially in the Powerplay that cost them the game. However, they are back at Chennai now and conditions will be favourable for the spin bowlers.

Talking about team changes, we can expect CSK to go with the same team as their big superstars like Ben Stokes and Deepak Chahar are still not fit. 

The only change could be Rajvardhan Hangargekar coming in for Akash Singh but that too looks highly unlikely as Akash Singh has done well this season barring the last game against RR.

Chennai Super Kings Predicted Playing XI

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, and Akash Singh.

 Impact Players: Ambati Rayudu, Subhransu Senapati, Dwaine Pretorius, Shaik Rasheed, and Rajvardhan Hangargekar.

What are the Expected Changes in the playing XI for Punjab Kings against CSK?

Punjab Kings have some fearsome hitters of the cricket ball in their line-up but they would be tested at Chepauk in spin-friendly conditions. Shikhar Dhawan was back for them in the last game and he would be crucial against MS Dhoni and in his boys for Punjab.

Also, we can expect Harpreet Brar to be back in the playing XI in place of Gurnoor Brar who had a forgettable debut against LSG in the last game. Rahul Chahar would have a crucial role to play with his leg spin in this game.

Punjab Kings Predicted Playing XI

Atharva Taide, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Sikandar Raza, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, and Arshdeep Singh.

Impact Players: Prabhsimran Singh, Mohit Rathee, Rishi Dhawan, Matthew Short, and Gurnoor Brar

Winner Prediction

We can expect Chennai Super Kings to notch up a win in their home conditions with plenty of quality arsenal to exploit the conditions. However, Punjab do have quality players and it could well turn out to be a close contest.