Punjab and Chennai will face each other in the 38th game of the Indian T20 League 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 25. The last time both teams played each other, Punjab won by a huge margin of 54 runs. Talking about the teams’ journey, both have had a pretty similar season so far. The Men In Red and Gold have won three out of seven games while Chennai have won two out of seven. The 2014 finalists will be looking forward to register their second win against the defending champions. On the other hand, the four-time winners would like to build on their winning momentum, gained against Mumbai in their last game.
Punjab:Â The team is coming off a thrashing against Delhi in their last game. Delhi thrashed them with 9.3 overs to spare. In that game, the batting failed with only Jitesh Sharma crossing the 30-run mark. Expect a few changes in the team. Jonny Bairstow, who has failed to make any impact with the bat, might be replaced by Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Liam Livingstone:Â The explosive batter from England has hit 226 runs in seven games, including three fifties. In the last game against Chennai, he helped the team reach 180/8 with an explosive fifty. He would want to repeat the performance against the Yellow Brigade.
Vaibhav Arora:Â The right-arm medium pacer made his debut against the same. In that game, he took two wickets and impressed everyone with his swing bowling. He could be an important bowler for the team in the next game.
Probable XI:Â Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Jonny Bairtsow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Benny Howell, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Vaibhav Arora
Chennai:Â The team is coming off a thrilling win against arch-rivals Mumbai. In that game, former skipper MS Dhoni turned back the clock with brilliant hitting in the last over. He helped Chennai score 16 off last 4 balls. Another positive from that game was Mukesh Choudhary. After having tough time in the last few games, the left-arm pacer wreaked havoc with three wickets in the powerplay. They might go with an unchanged playing XI.
Shivam Dube:Â In the last game against Punjab, the left-hander scored 57 off 30. He has been one of the in-form batters for the team with 239 runs in seven games. He will be an important batter in the upcoming game.
Mukesh Choudhary:Â The left-arm pacer took three wickets in the last game. He will be high on confidence with that performance and will be eyeing another decent outing.
Probable XI:Â Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: A night before this game, Lucknow and Mumbai will play each other at the same venue. There will not be much time to prepare the pitch this it may be a little slower than usual which could bring down the par score. Given the slow nature, skippers might want to bat first.