Two franchises unable to find consistency in the 15th edition of the Indian T20 League square off against each other in match 38 at Wankhede Stadium. Punjab are eighth in the points table after winning just one of their last four matches. Batters let them down against Hyderabad and Delhi as they got bowled out in both the games. Against Delhi, they managed just 115 and suffered a nine-wicket defeat.
Chennai, on the other hand, clinched a thrilling victory over Mumbai in their last game. Former skipper M Dhonii put Jaydev Unadkat to the sword in the final over of the match to clinch an unlikely win at DY Patil Stadium. The defending champions remain ninth in the standings with four points from seven games.
We pick five exciting First Games fantasy cricket Match-Ups in the Punjab-Chennai fixture.
s DHAWAN vs R UTHAPPA
Shikhar Dhawan is just two runs away from reaching 6000 runs in the Indian T20 League. The opening batter made single-digit scores - 8 and 9 - in his last two games. Another veteran batter, Robin Uthappa, is one of the mainstays in the Chennai batting unit. He has amassed 227 runs at a strike rate of 147 in the tournament so far.
Verdict: S Dhawan is likely to win this Match-Up against R Uthappa
K RABADA vs R JADEJA
Two most popular figures in international cricket lock horns in this Match-Up. Kagiso Rabada, who went wicketless against Delhi, has seven wickets from six games at an economy rate of 8.52. Ravindra Jadeja, too, hasn't had an impressive campaign this season. The Chennai captain took just five wickets and made 91 runs so far.
Verdict: K Rabada could pick up more fantasy points than R Jadeja
M AGARWAL vs R Gaikwad
Mayank Agarwal and Ruturaj Gaikwad have struggled to replicate last season's form. Both opening batters combined scored just 226 runs this season. Mayank made 76 runs, including a half-century, in the last two games. Ruturaj has registered four single-digit scores in seven innings.
Verdict: M Agarwal has the edge over R Gaikwad
M SANTNER vs M THEEKSHANA
Mitchell Santner and Maheesh Theekshana face each other in a Match-Up of overseas players. Against Mumbai, the New Zealand bowling all-rounder removed Suryakumar Yadav, took the catch to dismiss R Sharma, and made 11 runs. Theekshana, on the other hand, grabbed seven wickets at an economy rate of 7.66 in Chennai's last three matches.
Verdict: M Theekshana could get the better of M Santner in this Match-Up
l livingstone vs D BRAVO
With three half-centuries, Liam Livingstone leads Punjab's batting charts in the 15th edition. He scored 60 - the Englishman's first Indian T20 League fifty - against Chennai in their only meeting this season. T20 legend Dwayne Bravo slowly climbed to fourth in the most wickets chart with 12 wickets. The West Indian, the leading wicket-taker among overseas players, bagged 3/20 against Kolkata at Wankhede Stadium in the tournament opener.
Verdict: L Livingstone has the upper hand over D Bravo
Did You Know? L Livingstone made 153 fantasy points against Chennai this season
What is First Games Match-Ups?
Match-Ups is a new fantasy contest where fantasy cricket players don’t need to create a team to join the contest. Select the player who will score the most points from the available match-ups. Higher the number of correct picks, bigger the prizes. Join the contest without creating a playing 11.
- From 7 Match-Ups, select 5 Match-Ups
- For each Match-Ups, pick the player who will score the most fantasy points
- The contest will be cancelled and entry fee will be refunded if the match is curtailed due to weather or extreme conditions
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