Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) would search for inspiration from skipper MS Dhoni and a much-improved bowling effort after they tackle a power-packed Punjab Kings (PBKS) within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Mumbai on Friday. The 2 sides skilled contrasting fortunes of their respective match opener. Whereas CSK misplaced by seven wickets towards Delhi Capitals (DC), Punjab Kings eked out a four-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a high-scoring thriller.
With the dew taking part in a vital position at Wankhede, the aspect profitable the toss would need to bowl first.
Of their first match in Mumbai, CSK posted a aggressive 188 for seven, driving on high quality contributions from Suresh Raina (54), Moeen Ali (36), Sam Curran (34), Ravindra Jadeja (26) and Ambati Rayudu (23).
Regardless of failures from the opening duo of Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis in addition to skipper Dhoni, CSK managed to place up an honest whole on the board.
However the Chennai outfit’s bowling unit appeared utterly out of kinds and clueless towards the DC opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, who have been ominous from the phrase go and stitched a 138-run stand to take the sport away from CSK.
The likes of Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Jadeja and Moeen Ali all went for large runs and appeared rusty. And are available Friday, the onus can be on grasp tactician Dhoni to encourage his teammates to elevate their efficiency and provides Punjab a run for his or her cash.
However for that to occur, the CSK skipper himself wants to guide from the entrance after failing to attain towards DC.
Punjab Kings, then again, had a slender escape towards RR the opposite regardless of posting a mammoth 221 for six on the board.
Opening the batting, KL Rahul performed a captain’s knock of 91 off simply 50 balls. He was ably supported by big-hitting Chris Gayle (40 off 28) and Deepak Hooda (64 off 28).
For Punjab Kings and Rahul, batting is in no way space of concern as they confirmed with their efficiency within the opener, however identical to CSK, the bowling unit stays a serious fear regardless of spending massive cash on the public sale.
RR skipper Sanju Samson virtually single-handedly took the sport away from Punjab Kings together with his whirlwind 63-ball 119-run knock of their opener, falling quick simply by 4 runs ultimately.
And Rahul positively will not be a cheerful man with the performances of his bowlers. Younger Arshdeep Singh (3/35) finally emerged as Punjab’s saviour.
Needing 13 runs off the final over, the left-arm pacer gave away simply eight runs to drag off a high quality win for his staff. Apart from Arshdeep, veteran Mohammad Shami (2/33) too had an honest outting with the ball however the efficiency of Australian tempo duo of Jhye Richardson (1/55) and Riley Meredith (1/49) ought to be a priority for Punjab, having shelled out Rs 22 crore for his or her companies.
Chennai Tremendous Kings: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, Okay Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (capt/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
Match begins at 7:30 PM IST
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