IPL 2021: CSK attention enhanced bowling work against formidable Punjab Kings
Chennai Super Kings would look for motivation from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a much-improved bowling effort if they undertake a power-packed Punjab Kings into the IPL right here on Friday.
The 2 sides practiced contrasting fortunes inside their particular competition opener.
While CSK lost by seven wickets against Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings eked down a four-run conquer Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring thriller.
Because of the dew playing a vital role at Wankhede, the side winning the toss would like to bowl initially.
In their very first match right here, CSK uploaded an aggressive 188 for seven, riding on fine contributions from Suresh Raina (54), Moeen Ali (36), Sam Curran (34), Ravindra Jadeja (26) and Ambati Rayudu (23).
Despite problems from opening duo of Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis besides skipper Dhoni, CSK were able to put-up a significant total regarding board.
Nevertheless Chennai outfit’s bowling device seemed completely out of types and clueless resistant to the DC opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, who had been ominous from word go and stitched a 138-run stand-to use the online game far from CSK.
The likes of Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Jadeja and Moeen Ali all moved for huge runs and seemed rusty.
And come Friday, the onus would-be on master tactician Dhoni to inspire their teammates to carry their overall performance and present Punjab a run with their money.
However for that to take place, the CSK skipper himself must lead from front side after failing to score against DC.
Punjab Kings, alternatively, had a slim escape against RR another despite publishing a mammoth 221 for 6 regarding board.
Starting the batting, KL Rahul played a captain’s knock of 91 off only 50 balls. He had been ably supported by big-hitting Chris Gayle (40 down 28) and Deepak Hooda (64 off 28).
For Punjab Kings and Rahul, batting is not very section of concern as they revealed with regards to performance in opener, but just like CSK, the bowling product remains an important worry despite investing big bucks during the auction.
RR skipper Sanju Samson nearly single-handedly took the overall game far from Punjab Kings together with whirlwind 63-ball 119-run knock inside their opener, but dropped short just by four works ultimately.
And Rahul absolutely will not be a delighted man aided by the activities of their bowlers.
Younger Arshdeep Singh (3/35) ultimately emerged as Punjab’s saviour. Needing 13 runs off the last over, the left-arm pacer gave away only eight runs to pull-off an excellent win for their team.
Besides Arshdeep, veteran Mohammad Shami (2/33) also had a good outting aided by the baseball nevertheless the performance of Australian speed duo of Jhye Richardson (1/55) and Riley Meredith (1/49) should-be a concern for Punjab, having shelled out Rs 22 crore for services.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
Match starts at 7:30 PM.
Published at Fri, 16 Apr 2021 03:03:05 +0000