IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: MS Dhoni elects to field
Punjab Kings are set to clash with Chennai Super Kings in the eighth game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to field in the high-octane clash. The Yellow Army are still eyeing their first win this season, while KL Rahul's Punjab Kings would want to put up another strong performance. Here is more.
Fast bowlers to cash-in again?
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is hosting this game. As seen in the previous game (RR vs DC) here, fast bowlers can dominate with their variations. Dew always remains a factor on this venue, making the toss important. In the second encounter, DC easily chased down 189 against CSK here. It will be interesting to see what the wicket has to offer this time.
A look at the head-to-head record
Chennai have had the edge in the head-to-head meetings between the two teams. In 23 meetings, CSK have won 14 games so far. Punjab have pocketed nine victories. In the IPL 2020, the two sides faced each other twice. Chennai won both the games in a convincing manner. The CSK have done the double or more over Punjab in a total of five seasons.
Here are the interesting stats
Suresh Raina is the second-highest run-scorer against Punjab Kings in the tournament. He has racked up 814 runs from 24 innings at a strike-rate of 151.58. The tally also includes 35 sixes and 75 fours. It is interesting to note that Dwayne Bravo has bagged 19 wickets at Wankhede. His deceptive variations could be fruitful for the CSK.