IPL 2021, CSK vs PBKS Live: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) Match 53, Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings (CSK vs PBKS) on indiatvnews.com.
The Chennai Super Kings are all but assured of a top-2 finish in the IPL 2021 table. However, Punjab Kings remain in dire need of a miracle, as they require a huge win over MS Dhoni‘s men, and then hope for favorable results from KKR and MI’s matches.
16:06 IST: WICKET! Robin Uthappa succumbs to a well-taken catch by Harpreet Brar! Chennai in all sorts of trouble. Uthappa pulls the short-pitched delivery in an attempt to up the ante but Brar takes an excellent diving catch. CSK 33/3 in 7 overs
16.02 IST: Excellent start from Punjab Kings. Only 30 runs conceded in the Powerplay and two big wickets of in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali. CSK need a partnership.
16.00 IST: WICKET! Arshdeep bags another! Moeen Ali is dismissed on a six-ball duck. Caught by wicketkeeper KL Rahul.
15.47 IST: WICKET! Ruturaj Gaikwad is dismissed. A top delivery from Arshdeep Singh and Gaikwad, in a bid to up the ante, plays an aggressive shot but mistimes. He finds a top-edge and is caught at midwicket. CSK 18/1 in 3.5 overs
15.45 IST: This has been a controlled start from the Punjab Kings bowlers. They’ve been bowling in the right areas, not giving the CSK batsmen much room to operate in. Only one four in three overs, as CSK make a slow start to the game. CSK 13/0 in 3 overs
15.38 IST: Gaikwad goes top among the highest run-scorers in IPL 2021 so far.
- Gaikwad – 529*
- KL Rahul – 528
15.12 IST: From ‘Definitely Not’ in IPL 2020 to ‘Lot of uncertainties..’ a year later
MS Dhoni has opened up on the possibility of playing in IPL next year: “There are a lot of uncertainties around it for the simple reason that we have two new teams coming up. We don’t know the retention policy. We don’t know how many foreigners, Indian players we can retain, the money cap that every player will be cutting from the kitty. So there are a lot of uncertainties. Unless the rules are in place you can’t really decide that. So we will wait for it to happen and hopefully, it will be good for everyone.”
15.03 IST: Playing XI
15.00 IST: TOSS UPDATE! Punjab Kings win toss, opt to bowl against Chennai Super Kings in Dubai
14.40 IST: We are only 20 minutes away from toss. Follow Toss Updates
14.30 IST: Head-to-Head Stats
Matches Played: 24
CSK Won: 15
PBKS Won: 8
13:00 IST: Chennai Super Kings will secure a top-2 berth in the IPL 2021 table with a win over PBKS today.
Match Preview: Eyeing a top-two finish, Chennai Super Kings will be the firm favourites when they lock horns with Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League here on Thursday. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, despite two straight defeats prior to the final round-robin match, will have its nose ahead against an inconsistent Punjab outfit that is all but out of the play-offs race. FULL PREVIEW