Rashid Khan (9.5 credits)
In the last game against Delhi, Rashid Khan came to the party as he picked up three wickets for just 14 runs, after a relatively quiet start to the tournament. Though Khan had been bowling economically, in the first two games, he struggled to select wickets.
He made up for that, however, accounting for three scalps and emerging as the Man of the Delhi Match. In the top five, the CSK line-up does not have left-handers and has batsmen struggling against leg-spin. Hence, in this game, Rashid may be a huge challenge to CSK.
Kane Williamson (9.5 credits)
Kane Williamson made his presence known against Delhi Capitals after not playing in a couple of initial games due to injury, as he scored 41 out of only 26 balls. In Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings, his knock injected momentum and helped them post a match-winning total on the board.
Williamson can be considered as a T20 batsman who is underestimated. In the last game, he demonstrated that he is capable of scoring even without taking too many chances at a high strike rate. Once again, he will aim to make an impression and dominate CSK’s bowling line up.
Faf du Plessis (9 credits)
Faf du Plessis was the only batsman performing consistently for CKS until they extended the break. Coming in at three, he scored 173 runs with two 50s in three innings, at an extraordinary strike rate of nearly 150.
He’s going to look from where he left to start. With this year’s batting reserves of Chennai looking weak and out of shape, the pressure will again be on Faf to anchor the innings, which we can expect him to do in this game successfully.