IPL 2022: Match 11 – Predicted Punjab Kings Playing XI vs Chennai Super Kings

Punjab Kings team. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
The Punjab Kings will be locking horns with the Chennai Super Kings in Match 11 of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 3.  Both teams will be heading into this contest having lost their respective fixtures. After an impressive five-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener, PBKS went on to suffer a six-wicket loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders in a one-sided contest.

The Mayank Agarwal-led side would be hoping to put this loss behind them when they face a demoralized CSK who are yet to open their account in the points tally, having lost both their first matches to KKR and the Lucknow Super Giants by six wickets. Punjab will be looking forward to making the most of their opportunities against a Chennai side that is struggling with their bowling woes.

After the defeat against KKR, the Punjab Kings might make a couple of changes in their playing XI by benching players who have not been up to the mark in the previous encounters. England limited-overs specialist Jonny Bairstow could be given a chance ahead of his countryman Liam Livingstone and senior all-rounder Rishi Dhawan could come in for youngster Raj Bawa.

Here’s a look at the Punjab Kings predicted XI against Chennai Super Kings

Openers: Mayank Agarwal (c) and Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Both Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan played quickfire knocks in the first game against RCB chasing a stiff target in excess of 200. Unfortunately, the duo was off-colour against KKR as Agarwal was dismissed for one while Dhawan could only manage 16.

Despite a rare failure, the opening pair would be expected to come good against CSK’s underpar bowling line-up. All eyes will be on the openers for laying a solid foundation yet again as Punjab Kings eye a second win of this season.

Middle-order: Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Shahrukh Khan

Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Bhanuka Rajapaksa. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Punjab Kings have a really good middle-order this season. Shahrukh Khan might have been dismissed without troubling the scorers against KKR, but he played a match-winning knock of an unbeaten 24 runs from 20 deliveries in the tournament opener against RCB.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been excellent in the last couple of games and his impact in the middle-order has been phenomenal for Punjab. He scored a counter-attacking nine-ball 31 against Kolkata that helped PBKS post a decent total. Jonny Bairstow could be included in the playing XI for the next game and he would be expected to score at a brisk rate especially in the middle overs and at the death.

All-rounders: Odean Smith and Rishi Dhawan

Odean Smith
Odean Smith (Photo Source: Twitter)

A lot will rely on Odean Smith as Punjab Kings look to get back to winning ways. The West Indies all-rounder was adjudged the Player of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 25 runs from eight balls against Bangalore that helped Punjab chase down 206. He could only manage nine runs at the backend of the innings against Kolkata and was very expensive with the ball as he conceded 39 runs from his two overs. However, he picked the wicket of Venkatesh Iyer.

Rishi Dhawan could well be given a chance against CSK ahead of the young sensation Raj Bawa. While Rishi can provide breakthroughs at regular intervals, he can also be a very handy batter lower down the order.

Bowlers: Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Harpreet Brar
Harpreet Brar. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

There is a lot of work to be done for the PBKS bowlers after their performances in the last two matches. While the Punjab bowling line-up conceded in excess of 200 runs against RCB, they seemed to have run out of fire and brimstone after reducing KKR to 51/4 as Andre Russell’s explosive knock of an unbeaten 31-ball 70 chasing just 138 ended things in less than 15 overs.

South African pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada, who played his first game of IPL 2021 finished with 1/23 while left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar has gone wicketless in both games. Leggie Rahul Chahar has so far picked up three scalps from two outings, whereas with just a solitary scalp so far, yorker specialist Arshdeep Singh will be expected to rediscover his rhythm at the earliest.

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