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Punjab vs Chennai Indian T20 League: First Games by Paytm fantasy cricket tips and tricks, prediction and likely XIs

By Devarchit Varma April 25, 2022

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Average score at venue (1st inns): 163

Win percentage while batting first: 36.96%

Pitch conditions: 

  • Teams will want to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium after Lucknow defeated Mumbai in what turned out to be a one-sided contest on Sunday night with the R Sharma-led team playing their first match at their home ground in more than 1,000 days.
  • The first four matches here at the Wankhede Stadium were won by teams batting second, and the trend has reversed as an equal number of wins have now been recorded by teams who have batted first in the last four games.  
  • The pitch at the Wankhede stadium remains conducive for both batting and bowling, with KL Rahul scoring a fine hundred for Lucknow in the match on Sunday night. Fast bowlers have enjoyed more success here since they have a wicket-share percentage at 69.35% compared to the spinners getting only 30.65%. 

Weather prediction

After a cloudy start to the new week, on Monday, Mumbai will witness clear skies for the remainder of the day with the temperature being 32-33°C during the match hours. The players will witness an increase in humidity levels from late 40% to 60%. 


Matches played: 26

Punjab won: 11

Chennai won: 15

No result: -

Top 3 players from Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Jitesh Sharma, Liam Livingstone

Top 3 players from Chennai: MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa

Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):

Top 5 players from Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Jitesh Sharma, Liam Livingstone, Shikhar Dhawan, Shahrukh Khan

Top 5 players from Chennai: MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo

Q & A

Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?

Teams have been generally able to record big totals irrespective of batting first or second at the Wankhede Stadium of late, with Mumbai’s 132/8 against Lucknow on Sunday night being a clear aberration, given that their batting are struggling and the big guns have failed to fire. If Mumbai were not able to get their runs batting second on what was their comeback at their home ground, KL Rahul showed the way earlier in the match by scoring his second hundred of the tournament — that too against the five-time title winners. For making fantasy cricket XI, it will be wise to add a long batting line-up which is well supported by fast bowlers and wicket-taking spinners such as Maheesh Theekshana of Chennai, who has impressed in his maiden season in the tournament. 

Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?

There is not a lot that separates Punjab and Chennai at this stage in Indian T20 cricket League 2022. Both the teams were occupying the bottom spots in the points table and have not been able to produce convincing performances at a stretch, which forces the observers and fans to consider them as top teams in this edition of the Indian T20 cricket League 2022. Punjab have 3 victories from 7 matches and 6 points whereas Chennai have 2 victories from as many games with 4 points while both the teams have poor net run rate of -0.562 and -0.534 respectively. For the clash to be played on Monday night between Punjab and Chennai, neither team is strong but a right balance of batsmen and fast bowlers should be the right approach for making a fantasy cricket playing XI. 

MORE INFORMATION: Chennai have given encouraging signs to their loyal and passionate fan base that all is not lost despite them going through motions earlier in the tournament. The fire still burns inside their legendary captain MS Dhoni, even though Ravindra Jadeja has not been able to bring together his individual performances to help the team’s cause. On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal himself has been firing on and off while Shikhar Dhawan has not really set the tournament on fire, despite making valuable performances more often than not for Punjab. His form seem to have dipped as Shikhar Dhawan has recorded scores of 8 and 9 in the last two outings. Both the teams will be desperate for a win on Monday night and will look to put their best foot forward. 

PLAYERS’ FORM: Chennai are still awaiting the confirmation that their young opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad is back in form after scoring 73 against Gujarat but falling for a duck against Mumbai in the next match. The senior batsmen Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu remain as important as ever for Chennai whereas for the Punjab side, they require their batsmen to put together strong performances as individual flashes of brilliance are not enough to help any team go the distance. Liam Livingstone has in the past single-handedly helped Punjab win matches but the team certainly knows that collective effort is required to pull themselves up from such a situation.

Changes in squad (if any): NO


PUNJAB: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Nathan Ellis/Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh

CHENNAI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary

FANTASY XI: Mayank Agarwal (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Shahrukh Khan/Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Arshdeep Singh, Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary

Punjab, Chennai eye vital points in clash at Wankhede

Punjab will take on Chennai in the Match No 38 of the ongoing Indian T20 cricket League 2022 tournament at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday night with both the teams aiming for vital points to revive their shaky campaign so far. 

It can be said that both Punjab and Chennai are occupying the last two spots — given Mumbai are fixated at the last spot with 8 consecutive defeats and it will take some doing to move up from the trench that they have fallen in.  

There is certainly not a lot that separates Punjab in Chennai at this stage in the Indian T20 cricket League 2022 tournament but the Ravindra Jadeja-led team would certainly come into the contest with more confidence than Punjab, having recorded a narrow but thrilling victory over Mumbai in their previous match delivered by MS Dhoni.

On the other hand, Punjab will be under pressure given that they are coming off a 9-\wicket drubbing at the hands of Hyderabad, as they were bundled out for a poor total of 115 from 20 overs with only Mayank Agrawal making a vital contribution with the bat with 24.

It will be the second meeting between Punjab and Play Chennai this year after Mayank Agarwal’s side hammered the four-time title winners by 54 runs. Liam Livingstone’s 30 ball 60 powered Punjab to a formidable 180/8 batting first, and in their reply, Chennai managed only 126 from 18 overs despite a brilliant 57 from their batting all-rounder Shivam Dube.

Chennai seem to be having more batsmen inform collectively then Punjab who have been over reliant on their opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan, whereas  Liam Livingstone has been the sole flag bearer of their batting in the middle-order despite the promise of Shahrukh Khan and a few others.


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