Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would want to bounce back from the defeat in their first match as they face Punjab Kings (PBKS) today in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). CSK were defeated with ease by Delhi Capitals (DC) in their first fixture as the bowling looked totally lackluster. PBKS on the other hand, claimed a stunning four-run win in a last-ball high-scoring thriller against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their first match.
CSK would have quite a few things to address ahead of their second fixture. The bowlers looked clueless at times and it was only late wickets that lent some respectability to the display. With Lungi Ngidi and Jason Behrendorff not yet available, CSK might have to go with a similar side to the one that struggled against the DC openers.
On that note, we take a look at how CSK can defeat PBKS today.
IPL 2021: PBKS vs CSK – Key for CSK #1: Pick up early wickets
On batting beauties like the Wankhede Stadium, the key would be to pick up early wickets. With the spinners not getting much purchase from the wicket, a lot would depend on the Powerplay overs and how CSK go about their business in both restricting the opposition and picking up wickets.
The key would be the opening bowlers Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran. If the two can remove the likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle, it would hold the Men in Yellow in excellent stead going into the middle overs where the spinners can then stifle the batters.
IPL 2021: PBKS vs CSK – Key for CSK #2: Openers must contribute
One of the key reasons for CSK’s loss in the first match was the fact that both openers – Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad were dismissed cheaply in the Powerplay. The dismissals slowed down the CSK innings and it led to a score in excess of 200 ending up as 188.
A lot would thus, depend on what kind of start the openers give the side. Both batters are known to get their eye in before going for the big shots, but it would benefit CSK if they choose to open up a bit early due to the nature of the pitch suiting the batsmen in Mumbai.