Arshdeep Singh kept things tight in the death overs, especially against a rampaging Mahendra Singh Dhoni who could only manage one four against him in the penultimate over. Arshdeep would be hoping to repeat the same in the next game and also deceive the batters with his ability of bowling yorkers at will.
Sandeep Sharma was the most expensive bowler for Punjab Kings against the Chennai Super Kings. While he did account for Robin Uthappa early but ended up conceding 40 runs from his four overs at an economy rate of 10.
Rahul Chahar had a day to forget against Chennai as he failed to register a single scalp and also conceded 30 runs from his three overs. The promising leggie would be hoping to make an impact in the wicket's column against the Lucknow Super Giants.
Kagiso Rabada on the other hand was the standout performer with the ball in hand. Not only did he keep things tight in the death overs but also finished with figures of 2/23.
Rishi Dhawan was hammered by Ambati Rayudu in his first spell but, the promising all-rounder held his nerves and staged a brilliant comeback in the second. His figures of 2/39 including the key wicket of MS Dhoni were instrumental in applying the brakes of Chennai’s run chase.
Jonny Bairstow has been unimpressive this season with just 47 runs to his name from five matches with his highest score being 12 runs. The England limited-overs specialist would be eager to showcase a stellar performance against the Lucknow bowling attack.
Emerging stumper Jitesh Sharma has been impressive in six matches by having scored 122 runs with his highest score being 32.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was included in the last match against CSK lived up to the expectations by scoring 42 runs off 32 deliveries and was also involved in a 110-run stand for the second wicket along with opener Shikhar Dhawan which eventually propelled them to a match-winning total of 187/4.
Liam Livingstone, who has been one of Punjab’s most expensive recruits this season has blown hot and cold so far. The Englishman scored a seven-ball 19 in the last game but went wicketless with the ball in hand conceding 12 runs off his very first over after which he was not given the ball again.
Shikhar Dhawan roared back to form in the last game with an outstanding knock of 88 runs from 59 deliveries at a strike rate of nearly 150. His match-winning knock also earned him the Player of the Match award and apart from that, Dhawan also became only the second batter after Virat Kohli to register 6,000 IPL runs.
Skipper Mayank Agarwal has been inconsistent on the 22 yards so far having managed just 136 runs from seven outings averaging 19.43 and a strike rate of 125.93 with just a solitary half-century. He would be expected to regain his form heading into the business end of the league stages.