SunRisers Hyderabad, who are on a winning spree, will be taking against the Table Toppers Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. CSK lost two matches consecutively, putting questions on MS Dhoni to sit back and think on strategies. Whereas SRH who are relied on Warner and Bairstow power hitting will be looking to continue the winning momentum.
CSK had played 10 matches and registered 7 victories and losing 3, thanks for initial victories which kept them comfortably on the top of the table. One more victory can safeguard their position in playoffs. SRH who picked 2 wins has pushed their position to number 4, they played 9 matches and won 5 and losing 4.
1. Head to Head:
CSK and SRH have played 11 matches Head to Head and in which 8 won by the mighty CSK and only 3 by SRH. But in the last encounter, SunRisers has registered a comfortable victory against the Dhoni less CSK. As Dhoni is fit and back into the playing XI SRH should look into their team deeply.
In the last 5 encounters, CSK has won 4 and SunRisers won only 1. As per stats, CSK is looking stronger, but Fantastic form of Warner and Bairstow may trouble the hosts in today’s crucial match. The disadvantage of these two players taking away the batting responsibility is the Middle order of team is untested.
2. Key Players:
CSK Key Players:
(1) Faf du Plessis
Opening batsman of CSK team has played 6 matches and scored 178 runs with a decent average of 35.60. Apart from his batting, his fielding skills are much appreciable. He tremendous at any field position helping the team by grabbing superb catches.
(2) MS Dhoni
Master Class Dhoni who plays a pioneering role in all matches he plays. His leadership skills are the one which guides the team winning matches. This time Dhoni has got much to show with the bat. MSD scored 314 runs in 9 matches with a humungous average of 104.66 and he is the leading run scorer of the CSK team. In the last match, he has scored 84 of 48 and took team very close to victory.
(3) Imran Tahir
CSK team more relies on their bowling unit. Imran Tahir who is the second most wicket taker in this IPL season has played an important role in the victory of CSK team so far. He has scalped 16 wickets in 10 matches with an extraordinary economy of 5.89. He will be looking to continue his form and compete for the Purple Cap.
(4) Deepak Chahar
The Power play specialist of CSK team has played a pivot role so far in this season. He has picked 13 wickets and standing 4th in the leading wicket-taker. His best use of the new ball is swinging the ball away from the batsman and making it tough for the batsman. It will be interesting to see how he controls the Dangerous opening pair of SRH David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.
SRH Key Players:
(1) David Warner
In just 9 matches David Warner has crossed 500 runs mark and sitting on top of batting chart with Orange cap. In 9 matches he scored 517 runs with 1 century and 6 Half-Centuries with a mind blogging average of 73.85 and strike rate of 148.56.
(2) Jonny Bairstow
Second most runs in this season Bairstow is enjoying his time in IPL before the Mega event starting in June. In the 9 matches played Bairstow scored 445 runs with an average of 63.57 and strike rate of 158.36 better than the Warner.
(3) Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Leading the pace department has picked 7 wickets in 9 matches, he has come good against the KKR in the last match. As the Chennai pitch favors the swing bowler, Bhuvi will be looking to make the best use of the conditions.
(4) Khaleel Ahmed
The left-arm pacer who has capability swing the ball both sides have made a late entry into the playing XI but created a great impact in the 3 matches played. He had picked 7 wickets with an impressive economy of 7.08.
3. Pitch Report:
The pitch of the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai is the generally slow pitch. So, batting is harder on this pitch. The Toss winning team will like to opt to chase down the target because of the dew factor. The 150-160 run considered to be a good and fighting total on this. This pitch is spin friendly and both the sides have a good spin attack. So, today’s toss will be crucial.
4. Probable Playing XI:
CSK Probable Playing XI
Faf du Plessis
SRH Probable Playing XI
K Khaleel Ahmed