On the bowling front, the team is expected to do some changes to secure wickets consistently. The openers, especially Shikhar Dhawan needs to be at their best to put the team in a commanding position. The Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa is likely to make a comeback for the team in the next fixture.
In the second game, they faced Chennai Super Kings but were not the favorites this time. The team could only manage 155 runs, with Tilak Varma scoring an unbeaten half-century. In the bowling unit, Daniel Sams scalped four wickets, while Unadkat also picked two, but could not hold his nerve in the death overs against MS Dhoni.
The batting unit did well with Aaron Finch scoring a half-century and Shreyas Iyer leading the team from the front with a whirlwind knock of 85 off 51 balls, including seven boundaries and four maximums. However, it was not enough to take the team home a win. They succumbed to pressure in the final overs and fell short by seven runs.
In the second league match, they could not chase down the target of 182 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the bowling unit, Jason Holder and Dushmantha Chameera picked up two wickets each. The captain Rahul and all-rounder Krunal Pandya tried well with handy contributions, while Marcus Stoinis provided a late flourish, but it was not enough to take the team home as they fell short of 18 runs.
In their second league match, the bowlers went for plenty, giving away 222 runs against the Royals. Apart from Shardul Thakur, who went at a rate of 9.70 runs per over, every other bowler conceded over 10 runs per over. The top-order again provided a great start with the team scoring 55 runs in the powerplay but the middle order faltered once again. Rishabh Pant‘s gritty knock of 44 runs could not help the team to evade the loss.
In their second fixture, they faced Mumbai Indians and restricted them to a total of 155 runs. Pacer Mukesh Choudhary was terrific with his opening spell of 3/19, while Bravo picked up two wickets as well. In the batting unit, Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu provided a base for the team before MS Dhoni and Dwaine Pretorius proved to be too good for the opposition in the final overs.
In response to CSK’s score, the team had a disappointing start with Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, and Vijay Shankar getting dismissed in quick succession. In the middle order, Abhinav Manohar and Rahul Tewatia failed to contribute well. It was the partnership of 70 runs between David Miller (94* off 51) and Rashid Khan (40 off 21) which helped them to seal a thrilling victory in the 20th over.
In their second league fixture, they posted another big total of 222 on the board, on the back of Buttler’s third century of this season and Samson’s 46* off 19 balls. The bowling unit responded well by picking wickets at regular intervals, with Prasidh Krishna returning with three wickets and Ashwin with two scalps.
In the second fixture, they scored 181 with the captain Faf du Plessis scoring 96 off 64 balls, while Maxwell and Shahbaz chipped in with 20+ contributions in the middle-order. In the bowling unit, Josh Hazlewood returned with another good performance, picking up four wickets while Harshal Patel picked two wickets.
In the batting department, Abhishek Sharma (31) and Rahul Tripathi (34) provided a stable start to the team in the powerplay overs. Aiden Markram (41*) and Nicholas Pooran (35*) again proved to be too good for the opposition, as they chased down the total with seven balls to spare.