We bring you the betting predictions and tips for the 53rd match of IPL 2021 – Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings. It's a battle between the 2nd and 6th ranked sides. Chennai were the first side in this year's competition to seal a playoff spot. In contrast, the Punjab Kings, after crucial losses to the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, have now been all but eliminated.
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CSK vs PKS 53rd Match IPL 2021
Team News for Chennai Super Kings
Rewind just a week or so ago, and nobody looked like they could stop the Chennai Super Kings, who were sweeping everyone aside who came before them. Winning nine of their first eleven matches, everything for the Super Kings seemed to be clicking perfectly.
Such group stage dominance led to the Super Kings locking up their playoff spot some time ago, and without the pressures of needing to qualify, Chennai then tried to give tired bodies and minds a rest, and they rotated their playing 11.
In doing so, things didn't go too well for the Super Kings as they lost both of their recent matches to the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. The loss to the Capitals also saw the Super Kings dislodged from the top spot in the standings.
With the playoffs just on the horizon, Chennai would want to get back to winning ways now. They would need to win this match to recapture that winning feeling to ensure they have much-needed momentum for the playoffs. Despite the recent defeats, the Super Kings are still joint-favourites to win the 2021 IPL trophy at odds of 3.00.
Likely playing 11 of Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Team News for Punjab Kings
The Punjab Kings have never won the IPL, and that wait looks set to continue after what looks to be another fruitless season. The Kings need a miracle if they are to claim an unlikely playoff spot. Sitting in 6th place in the standings, they need both the Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians to lose their final games and lose them heavily. The Kings would then need to beat Chennai by a huge margin.
Their chances of qualifying only exist in theory now, but they stood a real chance to qualify not so long ago. But defeats against Mumbai and RCB have now left them hoping against hope. One problem for the Kings this season has been their consistency. They haven't been able to string back-to-back victories together, losing matches in clusters that have deprived them of momentum.
More was needed from the Kings' middle order, with too much reliance being placed on captain KL Rahul at the top of the order. However, the middle order could not deliver. The Kings will want to finish with a victory against their rivals from Chennai, but ultimately they will be left thinking about what might have been.
Likely playing 11 of Punjab Kings
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Sarfaraz Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match is due to be held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. With the weather set to be perfect, everything should be set up for a great game. The pitch is a slow and sticky one which can make batting difficult. Traditionally, a score of 160+ plus is a great total, but the average score for IPL games held at the venue is 144.
Betting Predictions for CSK vs PKS
Match Result Prediction
It isn't a surprise to see that the Super Kings are the favourites for the match and can be backed at 1.62. For the upset, the Punjab Kings are priced at 2.30.
The price of the Super Kings, considering how well they have played for the majority of the season, is a generous one. A week or so ago, they were the undoubted tournament favourites, and a few defeats shouldn't really change that outlook, especially as they have rested and rotated in recent matches.
The beauty of the IPL is that anybody on their day can beat anyone, but for the Kings, a lack of consistency has plagued them. On paper, the Kings have a super talented squad, but we don't think it will be enough for them to get the victory here.
We will be backing the Super Kings to get back on the winning track and claim some much-needed confidence ahead of what is bound to be an epic playoffs phase.
Match Winner: Chennai Super Kings (1.62)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be tricky to bat on, the side that bats the best will win. Look for the team that bats first to post a total of above 150, which would likely be a tricky chase.
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Top Batsman for Chennai Super Kings
This matchup sees the two highest-scoring batsmen in this year's competition go head to head as Ruturaj Gaikwad and KL Rahul battle it out for this year's orange cap.
Gaikwad has been in great form for the Super Kings all year, often giving the Super Kings the perfect platform to go on and make big totals. Ably supported by former South African captain Faf du Plessis, the two have been the stand-out performers for the Super Kings. Gaikwad recently scored a century in the Super Kings' loss to the Royals. He is clearly a man in form and can be backed at 3.60 to be the Super Kings' top scorer.
Ruturaj Gaikwad to be the Super Kings' top-scoring batsman (3.60)
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