SRH vs CSK: Big game for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Especially after losing three on the trot. What’s more worrying is that they have lost 2 games at home of these three. It’s the first time in four seasons that Sunrisers have lost 2 consecutive games at home.
Initially, SRH were comfortably sitting at the top, but now are in shambles. The biggest issue the Sunrisers have been facing is their reliance on the top order. If Dave and Johnny score big, Sunrisers have managed to win. The middle order is hopeless, with Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey, both failing miserably. Manish and Yusuf have now been replaced by Ricky Bhui and Abhishek Sharma.
Changes were seen in the bowling line up as well with Sid Kaul being replaced by Ibrahim Khaleel, who was fairly successful against Delhi Capitals.
Coming to Chennai, they sit at the top with 7 wins & the whole team has stepped up once again like they do every year. That’s perhaps one reason why we don’t see any of the CSK batsman featuring the top 10 list of run-getters so far. Of the 7 wins, they have 5 different man of the matches. Looks like Chennai Superkings love to trouble the fantasy league players across the country. Never know, which player would perform extremely well.
Losing out their frontline seamers Lungi Ngidi and Dwayne Bravo to injuries, we saw the seam duo of Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have performed extremely well. Coupled with this duo is the spin prowess in Tahir-Bhajji-Jaddu.
Chennai are in formidable form and now look forward to sealing their playoff spot tomorrow, yet again. Hyderabad don’t just need a win. They need a lot of confidence too. They mainly need runs from their batsmen, whose first names are not David and Johnny.
When: 17th April 2019, Wednesday
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Kick-Off Time: 8:00 PM IST
The pitch is expected to remain slow, towards the second half of the game. A factor which troubled SRH the most.
Win toss: Bat First. Hyderabad would love to bat first on this track. Especially after the miserable failure chasing on this track.
TEAM NEWS(Predicted XI)
David Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.
Basil Thampi was seen training hard today in the nets. Can we see Bhuvi making way for Basil Thampi? Sandeep Sharma has been SRH’s best seamer so far, and Khaleel Ahmed managed to impress in the previous outing. Both may not be dropped.
Matches Played b/w each other: 10
CSK Win: 8
SRH Win: 2
Highest Score at the RGIS: 223/3 by CSK vs SRH
The teams met four times in 2018. Chennai Super Kings prevailed over Hyderabad, all four times- including the finale.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR SRH vs CSK
- David Bhai Warner
Scoring 400 runs from 7 games, David Warner is at the top of the Orange Cap Standings. Averages a mammoth 80, striking at 140 runs every 100 balls.
Of the 7 innings he has played so far, managed to score 4 fifties and 1 century.
- Ambati Rayudu – The local boy against his favourite team
Ambati Rayudu averages 97.5 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Managed to score 195 runs in 4 outings, the last season. Also knows this Hyderabad track very well.
- CSK and their batting woes this season:
Though Chennai is sitting pretty at the top of the table, what is astonishing to see is that not a single CSK batsman features in the top 10 run getters this season.
- Spin Powers :
CSK and SRH both have the most economical spin line up in the tournament.
While the economy rate of spinners from SRH is just 6.6, CSK’s economy rate with the spinners is at just 6.2.
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD
Live Streaming – Hotstar
Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the match.
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