Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings — Defending Champs’ Dhoni-Inspired Resurgence Spells Trouble for PBKS

April 25, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Indian Premier League 2022
Match 38
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Punjab Kings Punjab Kings
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Chennai Super Kings Chennai Super Kings

Earlier this week, Chennai Super Kings got their second win of their last three games but it owed more to Mumbai Indians’ horror run than any brilliance of their own. In fact, the defending champions squandered no less than four catches but still managed to get the win, all thanks to their “captain cool” MS Dhoni’s clutch cameo in a successful run chase.

The win upped their tally to four and kept them in the hunt for a playoff spot. To distance themselves further away from bottom dwellers Mumbai and more towards the eight above, Chennai will now have to deal with Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 25 (Monday). The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings have bounced back from their own horror start that saw them lose all of their first four matches this season.

However, to say that they are back to their usual best would also be a bit of a stretch as their recent win over winless Mumbai came in the final over and was far from comfortable.

Their batting has done quite okay of late, if not decent. It’s their bowling that still has the ability to let them down. Chris Jordan, of all the people, is leaking runs at the rate of 10.51 an over.

Ravindra Jadeja has five wickets in seven outings but at least doesn’t go for big runs.

And then there is Mukesh Choudhary, who not only leaks runs like a sieve but also does not find too many wickets, although he did well against Mumbai in the last game and was the player of the match. Too much cannot be read from that performance as Mumbai are in a state of freefall and pretty much anyone can demolish their batting these days.

In all, it seems that Chennai’s recent resurgence has delayed the inevitable but not overturned it. An early exit still seems the most likely possibility.

Punjab Kings

Mumbai and Chennai have hogged the headlines so much that not many have talked about the poor form of Punjab Kings — a franchise that was supposed to earn a new lease of life this season.

They had been alternating wins and losses until last game when it was their turn to win but they ended up losing to Delhi Capitals. It means they are now on a two-game slide.

In both their recent losses, their batting has been horrendous. Especially, in their last game, they were bundled out for a mere 115 by the Capitals and ended up losing by nine wickets.

On paper, the Kings still look like a power packed unit but several of their stars are not performing or still searching for consistency.

Jonny Bairstow’s bat is not flowing runs and there is a genuine chance now that he could be replaced by Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

Odean Smith and Vaibhav Arora are two more from whom the Kings have not received the kind of contribution they had hoped for.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Punjab Kings Chennai Super Kings
PariMatch 1.86 1.94
PariPesa 1.96 1.96
Sportsbet.io 1.90 1.91
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Both these sides have more than a few headaches. It’s just that Chennai’s are probably a bit more serious, which is why Punjab are the favourites for this IPL clash. Parimatch has Punjab priced at 1.86 and Chennai at 1.94. But Paripesa has both the sides available at pick’em odds of 1.96. Sportsbet, meanwhile, has Punjab as slight favourites at odds of 1.90 compared to Chennai at 1.91.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Chennai Super Kings to win @ 1.96

Chennai’s last game showed that despite all their trials and tribulations, they have a trump card named MS Dhoni, who even at his age remains arguably the best finisher in the game. Right now, with Chennai having won two of their last three, and their captain turning back the clock, they have our vote as compared to perennial strugglers Punjab Kings. The odds for this play have been sourced from Paripesa.

Tip: Liam Livingstone to score more than 22.5 runs @ 1.87

The last time these two met at the start of the season, Punjab had triumphed with Liam Livingstone being named the player of the match courtesy his 30-ball 60. The Englishman was quiet in Punjab’s last game and contributed just two. So far, he hasn’t had back-to-back failures in the tournament so we expect him to find some runs here. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


Chennai lost the last time they played Punjab but a lot has changed since. Punjab lost three of their next four while Chennai have shown a bit of a resurgence with two wins in their last three. Will revenge be exacted? We think, yes!

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