Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their second match of the IPL 2021 at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) this Friday (16th April) night.
CSK lost their first game of this season when they faced Delhi Capitals (DC) at this venue during the second match of this tournament. While CSK scored 188/7 (20 overs) in the first innings of that match, Delhi Capitals chased down that target in 18.4 overs after losing three wickets.
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Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad highly impressed in the late moment of the IPL 2020 where he scored 204 runs in six matches, including three half-centuries in the last three innings. In their first game of the IPL 2021, he scored only five runs but the team management has full faith in him.
Faf du Plessis
South African cricketer Faf du Plessis scored a duck during CSK’s first match of the IPL 2021. The experienced cricketer is very important for CSK as the franchise is dependent on his good starts,
CSK hugely missed the left-handed batsman Suresh Raina in the complete IPL 2020. He has started the IPL 2021 in a strong way as he scored 54 runs off 36 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes. Cricket fans are waiting to see more such knocks from Raina, who is the second most run-scorer in IPL history.
The second most run-scorer for CSK in the IPL 2020, Ambati Rayudu, scored 23 runs in their first match of the IPL 2021. In the recent domestic match, Rayudu played some good knocks and he has to play strong roles for CSK to help the team to achieve better results.
MS Dhoni (C & wk)
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni scored a duck during CSK’s opening match of the IPL 2021 where he came to bat in the 16th over. While Dhoni hasn’t played many matches since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he surely needs some time to get his form back and coming to the top of the batting order can solve this issue.
England cricketer Moeen Ali came to bat at the no.3 position during the first game of CSK in the IPL 2021 where he scored 36 runs off 24 balls (4 fours and 2 sixes) and put the crucial 53 runs partnership for the third wicket with Suresh Raina after CSK were struggling on 7/2. He can play a useful all-rounder role for CSK.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja always becomes a healthy option for his team as his presence always brings deepness to the team in every vital aspect. During the season opener for CSK in the IPL 2021, Jadeja scored a crucial 26 not out off 17 balls (3 fours). Later, he had bowling figures of 2-0-16-0.
During the previous game, England cricketer Sam Curran came to bat in the 16th over and smashed 34 off just 15 balls (4 fours and 2 sixes) that massively helped CSK to manage the first innings total of 188 runs. But with the ball in hand, Sam had bowling figures of 2-0-24-0. Before that game, he also played an unforgettable knock in the ODI series decider against the hosts India
Caribbean cricketer Dwayne Bravo still can play very important roles for CSK in the death overs, especially as a medium pacer. The most T20 wicket-taker Bravo bowled really well for CSK in their first match of the IPL 2021 where he had bowling figures of 4-0-28-1.
Pacer Shardul Thakur is currently in very good form. Though his recent bowling figures are mostly expensive, he has also mostly managed to pick up the crucial wickets of the matches. However, in his first match of the IPL 2021, Thakur had bowling figures of 3.4-0-53-2, which was really expensive bowling figures.
Talking about Deepak Chahar’s recent form as a bowler, the pacer is struggling to maintain his consistency, especially he is missing wickets. During the first game for CSK in the IPL 2021, Deepak Chahar had bowling figures of 4-0-36-0.