While CSK made one change as Ambati Rayudu came back in place of Shivam Dube, RR too effected one change only, with Shimron Hetmyer returning in place of Jimmy Neesham.
This is the third IPL season for the lanky DC all-rounder, who is one of Ponting's favourite cricketers, and the Aussie legend has invested a lot in the man from Najafgarh.
In cricket, when two sides with specific weak-links are pitted against each other it makes the contest all the more exhilarating.
Punjab did not make any changes from the previous game while Lucknow brought in Avesh Khan in place of Manish Pandey.
SRH only eight overs as Abhishek Sharma butchered an already deflated RCB attack to score 47 off 28 balls in company of Kane Williamson (16 not out).
The Sunrisers pace attack led by Marco Jansen (3/25 in 4 overs) and ably supported by Umran Malik (1/19 in 4 overs) and T Natarajan (3/10 in 3 overs).
Buttler, enjoying the form of his life, smashed 116 off 65 balls with the help of nine boundaries and as many hits over the fence to lay the foundation of the imposing total in the company.
Buttler, enjoying the form of his life, smashed 116 off 65 balls with the help of nine boundaries and as many hits over the fence to lay the foundation of the imposing total.
CSK chased down the target of 156 in the final ball with MS Dhoni hitting the winning runs -- a four -- and remaining not out on 28.
Invited to bat, Choudhary (3/19) accounted for Rohit Sharma (0) and Ishan Kishan (0) in the first over and then dismissed Dewald Brewis (4), leaving Mumbai reeling at 23/3.
Delhi, who had a chaotic build up to the game with a sixth COVID positive case being reported on the morning of the game, dished out a clinical bowling display to bowl out Punjab Kings.
The top score for Punjab was keeper-batter Jitesh Sharma's 32 off 23 balls with skipper Mayank Agarwal scoring 24
The 37-year-old du Plessis roared back to form after a string of low scores with a 64-ball knock to help RCB post 181 for six after being sent into bat.
The former Proteas captain had 11 boundaries and two sixes in his 64-ball innings, playing shots all around the DY Patil Stadium.
Royals made three changes, bringing in fast bowlers Obed McCoy and Trent Boult alongside Indian batter Karun Nair and for KKR, pacer Shivam Mavi was picked in place of Aman Khan.
Invited to bat, CSK posted 169 for five, riding on Ruturaj Gaikwad's 48-ball 73 and Ambati Ruyudu's 46 off 31 balls to which David Miller smashed an unbeaten 51-ball 94.
Gaikwad slammed five sixes and as many fours in his 48-ball innings, while Ambati Rayudu hit 46 off 31 with the help of four hits to the fence and two maximums.
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the key breakthrough of Livingstone, the 22-year-old uncapped pacer picked three wickets while the fourth came via run out to derail PBKS.
For MI, pacer Tymal Mills is back in the playing eleven in place of Ramandeep Singh while Punjab Kings fielded an unchanged side.
CSK has three titles with five final defeats while KKR has won both their finals under the mercurial Gautam Gambhir.