IPL 2023: Though it is the Chennai Super Kings who are dominating with their stellar performance with both the ball and especially the bat, the Punjab Kings are not a less competent opposition in the league, as they have been the dominant part in many of their high-scoring contests.
Let’s take a look at the 5 most highly scorching battles between the players from both sides:
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Arshdeep Singh
The Indian batter has shown his superiority in the format and has been CSK’s best performer in the IPL for the last few seasons; it is, therefore, necessary to get rid of him early, as the PBKS bowlers would be troubled by his long stay. Arshdeep has been prolific in picking early wickets by angling away the new ball from the right-hander.
2. Devon Conway vs Kagiso Rabada
Conway has been the recent international sensation for years and has been in very convincing form this year too; with four continuous 50s, he remains their most formidable batter. PBKS bowlers have not been good in the powerplay, but Rabada often performs with the new ball and is good at picking up early wickets.
However, Devon Conway has consistently been one of the best performers in IPL 2023 so far and is one of the highest scorers in the tournament too. Thus, it will be very difficult to get rid of him. Rabada will be the perfect man for the job.
3. Ajinkya Rahane vs Sikander Raza
The veteran batter has aced the shortest format and has been delivering as one of the finest batters for the Men in Yellow. He plays the role of a middle-order striker in the CSK lineup, and to restrict him off-spin is the best option, and Raza would be in the game.
Ajinkya Rahane has been in great form for CSK in the last few matches in IPL 2023 and thus PBKS will have to deal with him with great caution.
4. Shivam Dube vs Sam Curran
Shivam Dube has gasped at the cricket fans in the IPL after acing his power-hitting role for the Super Kings. PBKS’s most costly asset, Curran, has been resistant with the ball in the death overs, and only he can resist him in the end overs.
Both Shivam Dube and Sam Curran are talented all-rounders and their battle will be worth watching. They used to be teammates at CSK last season which will make things even more interesting.
5. Shikhar Dhawan vs Ravindra Jadeja
In a difficult batting track like the Chidambaram Stadium, Punjab would need their most experienced batter to lead from the front. Dhawan has a notable weakness against spinners, and Jadeja would bowl at his weak points and cause trouble for him.