Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will compete with Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Sunday (April 3) at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

Led by their new skipper Ravindra Jadeja, CSK will be playing their third game but are yet to open an account in the points table. They were thrashed by Shreyas Iyer’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the tournament opener and lost to the newly added Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) even after posting 200+ on the board.

On the other hand, PBKS comes into the match with one win and a loss from their first two fixtures. Mayank Agarwal & Co. won their opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but suffered a big defeat at the hands of KKR in the next.

Head-to-Head record

Played: 25 | CSK won: 15 | PBKS won: 10 | No result: 0

Pitch report

The pitch at this venue is said to be a neutral one, where it offers help to both batsmen as well as bowlers.

Probable XIs

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary/KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande

Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Raj Bawa, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar

Match Prediction

Case 1:

CSK wins the toss and bowls first
Powerplay score: 45-50
PBKS total: 160-170

Case 2:

PBKS wins the toss and bowls first
Powerplay score: 40-45
CSK total: 170-180

CSK to win the contest.

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