Mukesh Choudhary broke MI’s backbone in the last match, especially the toe-crushing yorker that floored opener Ishan Kishan in the very first over for a golden duck. He finished with figures of 3/19 from his three overs.
Maheesh Theekshana has been really promising in his maiden IPL season. The Sri Lankan bowler has picked up seven wickets in the four games that he has got to play.
New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner might have only registered a solitary scalp but he was very economical having conceded just 16 runs from three overs at an economy rate of 5.3.
Dwaine Pretorius scored a vital 22 runs from 14 deliveries in the last game against MI and he would be looking to showcase a better performance in the next match with some precious runs in the middle-order.
Dwayne Bravo has been the most consistent performer for the Chennai Super Kings with the ball in hand so far. He is fourth on the Purple Cap list with 12 wickets from seven outings averaging 18.08 and an economy rate of 8.45.
The legendary MS Dhoni proved that he is still capable of playing the finisher’s role to perfection with an unbeaten 13-ball 28 as he clobbered Jaydev Unadkat for six and two fours to register a thrilling win for the reigning champions.
Shivam Dube has been one of Chennai’s consistent batting performers this season with 239 runs from seven outings.
The new CSK skipper Ravindra Jadeja’s performance has not been up to the mark so far in the competition. In the seven matches, the southpaw has only managed 91 runs with his highest score being an unbeaten 26.
Ambati Rayudu scored a 35-ball 40 just when the title-holders had lost early wickets during their chase against Mumbai.
CSK’s batting sensation Ruturaj Gaikwad roared back to form against Gujarat Titans with a 48-ball 73 but, was dismissed for a golden duck against Mumbai in the next game. The Maharashtra batter would now be hoping to make amends when he takes on Punjab’s lethal bowling attack.
Robin Uthappa’s performances have blown hot and cold throughout the tournament. The veteran batter has so far amassed 227 runs from seven matches averaging 32.43 and a strike rate of 147.40 including two half-centuries with his highest score being 88 against his former franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.