Choudhary proved costly in the game against RCB but managed to maintain consistency during their game against GT in Pune. He conceded just 18 runs in the three overs spell scalping the crucial wicket of Shubman Gill.
Theekshana and Choudhary will yet again be expected to provide their team with an early breakthrough during the powerplay.
Dwaine Pretorius will return to the playing XI, thereby replacing Chris Jordan. The English bowler has conceded a big amount of runs this season, and the young South African pacer’s skills will prove clinical for CSK during the death overs. He has picked two wickets, each, in the games against Lucknow and Punjab.
The Caribbean all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo has been exceptional with the ball, and he is currently the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League. But his show with the bat is yet to be witnessed. Even if he doesn’t get an opportunity to bat, his contribution with the ball will still be a big advantage for his side.
CSK needs MS Dhoni’s finishing skills desperately in the game, especially when the team does not have many wickets in hand. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 50 in the first game, but there has not been a similar performance since. He will have to be the saviour of the team down the order.
Shivam Dube will have to just trust his instincts, and go with the game. If he plays freely and openly, without any pressure, he will surely come up with another match-winning knock, just like he did against RCB. He has performed well this season, and his numbers prove that.
Skipper Jadeja is known to play big-shots under pressure, especially during the death overs. He had smashed Harshal Patel for 36 runs in the previous season of the tournament. He had finished that game scoring 62 runs off mere 28 balls.
Rayudu and Dube are powerful hitters, and they cannot risk anything to perform against MI. It will be a vital game, and a win will keep their hopes for the playoffs alive. Rayudu has been good with the bat against MI previously, and thus he will have to lead the attack.
Moeen Ali has been dismissed early in most of the games he has played so far, but his strengths are known to all. He can provide a crucial knock if the openers fail to perform, and hold the innings tight for long.
Ruturaj made a comeback in CSK’s recent match against the Gujarat Titans, and the fans rejoiced when they saw the 2021 Orange Cap winner hitting the ball hard. Scoring a 73(48) while opening the innings, he gained the long-lost confidence in the game.
Robin’s game this season has been a bit topsy-turvy. His every good performance is followed by a mediocre or poor game. His game against RCB was memorable, but he failed to perform against GT. Uthappa will have to step up against Mumbai Indians, who are also in search of a win.