Chennai Tremendous Kings would search for inspiration from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a much-improved bowling effort once they tackle a power-packed Punjab Kings within the IPL right here on Friday.
The 2 sides skilled contrasting fortunes of their respective event opener.
Whereas CSK misplaced by seven wickets in opposition to Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings eked out a four-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring thriller.
With the dew taking part in an important position at Wankhede, the facet successful the toss would need to bowl first.
Of their first match right here, 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 a good complete on the board.
However the Chennai outfit’s bowling unit appeared utterly out of types and clueless in opposition to the DC opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, who had 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 could be on grasp tactician Dhoni to encourage his teammates to carry 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 in opposition to DC.
Punjab Kings, however, had a slim escape in opposition to RR the opposite regardless of posting a mammoth 221 for six on the board.
For Punjab Kings and Rahul, batting is in no way space of concern as they confirmed with their efficiency within the opener, however similar to CSK, the bowling unit stays a significant fear regardless of spending large cash on the public sale.
RR skipper Sanju Samson nearly single-handedly took the sport away from Punjab Kings together with his whirlwind 63-ball 119-run knock of their opener, however fell quick simply by 4 runs in the long run.
And Rahul positively received’t be a cheerful man with the performances of his bowlers.
Younger Arshdeep Singh (3/35) ultimately 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 a good outting with the ball however the efficiency of Australian tempo duo of Jhye Richardson (1/55) and Riley Meredith (1/49) must be a priority for Punjab, having shelled out Rs 22 crore for his or her providers.
Chennai Tremendous Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & 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, Ok Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & 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.