Trent Boult is a seasoned campaigner in IPL and has enough experience under his belt to excel in the cash-rich tournament. The New Zealand seamer has the ability to seam it both ways with the new ball and finished with 2 for 23 in his four-over spell in the previous game that included a maiden over as well.
Prasidh Krishna was one of the standout performers in the first game for the Rajasthan Royals and the speedster has been at the peak of his form. His recent experience with the Indian side has helped his career in the right direction and has started to hit the right lines and lengths with the new ball.
Yuzvendra Chahal has taken his bowling to another level in the last few months and no wonder, he finished with 3 for 22 in his four-over spell in the previous game. The leg spinner has been assisted well by the conditions and has extracted a lot of spin from the wicket as well.
R Ashwin had a decent game and he kept bowling his carrom balls more than the off-spinner which was hard for the right-handers to go after. He finished with 0 for 21 in his four-over spell and played an important role alongside Chahal operating at the other end in the middle overs.
James Neesham is likely to replace Coulter Nile in the lineup as the latter faced a niggle bowling his final over in the previous game. Neesham provides extra luxury with the batting and he can be effective with his death overs bowling as well.
Riyan Parag came in at six and hit two boundaries in his 9-ball 12 in the death overs in the previous game. The 20-year-old has been in the Rajasthan Royals setup for the last two years and does know the role he will have to play for the side.
Shimron Hetmyer whacked boundaries towards the end of the innings and played a gem of an innings with a 13 ball 32 that included three sixes and two fours. The left-hander his some lusty blows that took the total past 200 and certainly he has got all the good to be a terrific finisher.
Devdutt Padikkal had a pretty good outing in the previous game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has now steadied his place in the middle order. The left-hander can play the spinners really well and he went straight down the ground which helped him to find the boundaries more often.
Sanju Samson continued his merry run with a half-century in the first game and the way he has been batting, definitely looks set for a big score in the coming games. The skipper hit five sixes and three fours in his 27 ball-55 and has started the tournament with a bang.
Yashasvi Jaiswal did get a good start in his previous innings scoring a 16 ball 20, with two fours and a six, but was dismissed straight after the powerplay. The left-hander has the capability to play the big innings from time to time and it was one of the factors behind his retentions ahead of the mega auction.
Jos Buttler is a match-winner on any day and despite the hiccups at the start of his innings, he got going hard once he got his eye in. The right-hander scored a 28-ball 35 in the previous innings that included three fours and three sixes and he has some phenomenal numbers against the Mumbai Indians in the last few overs.