In a high-stakes showdown, Punjab Kings will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in the 53rd match of the IPL 2024. The stage is set at the picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, with the match commencing at 3:30 PM IST on May 5.

Stakes High for Both Sides

The previous encounter saw Punjab Kings edging out Chennai Super Kings, breathing life into their playoff aspirations. With four wins in ten games, Punjab Kings’ hopes hang by a thread, relying on a perfect winning streak to secure a spot in the playoffs. Conversely, Chennai Super Kings, with five wins and an equal number of defeats, desperately need to secure three victories out of their last four matches to ensure a playoff berth.

Where to Watch

Fans can catch the thrilling action on various platforms. In India, Star Network will broadcast the match, while international viewers can tune in via Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa), and Willow TV (USA).

For live streaming, Jio Cinema (India) and Yupp TV (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal) will provide coverage, along with Willow, Foxtel Go, and Kayo.

Toss and Pitch Predictions

Given the recent trends, winning the toss might incline captains towards chasing, considering the Impact player rule. The HPCA Stadium pitch promises an early advantage to fast bowlers, gradually favoring batsmen as the match progresses. A par score of around 180 is anticipated on this track.

Weather Outlook

Dharamsala is poised for pleasant conditions, with temperatures hovering in the early 20s. A slight chance of rain adds an intriguing element to the encounter.

Team Previews and Predictions

Punjab Kings are expected to welcome back Shikhar Dhawan, bolstering their lineup for the crucial clash. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings might see changes in their bowling department, with fitness concerns lingering over key players.

Key Players to Watch

For Punjab Kings, the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Shashank Singh, Kagiso Rabada, and Harpreet Brar hold the key to their fortunes. Bairstow’s explosive batting, Singh’s consistency, Rabada’s lethal bowling, and Brar’s spin prowess make them formidable contenders.

On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings will rely on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s sublime form, Shivam Dube’s batting prowess, Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round abilities, and Matheesha Pathirana’s wicket-taking prowess to turn the tide in their favor.


Despite recent setbacks, Chennai Super Kings emerge as favorites in this pulsating encounter. Their depth in batting and experience tilt the scales in their favor, while Punjab Kings’ inconsistency could prove costly.

Winner: Chennai Super Kings to triumph over Punjab Kings

By Suraj Mahto

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