In the 43rd match (CSK vs RR) of IPL 2018, a combined batting effort by Suresh Raina, skipper MS Dhoni and opener Shane Watson helped Chennai Super Kings post a fighting total of 176 against Rajasthan Royals. However, the bowlers led them down as CSK failed to defend a good total. So far, batsmen are the major reason behind Chennai Super Kings’ success as they have been in top form in IPL 2018 however, death-over bowling still remains a concern. Most of the batsmen — Ambati Rayudu, Australian Shane Watson, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina — have contributed whenever the team needed. Rayudu has batted well both as an opener and at number four, amassing 435 runs from 11 innings. With 393 runs from 10 innings, Dhoni has also shown glimpses of the past. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who struggled in the first half of IPL 2018, emerged with a match-winning figure of 3/8 against RCB. The pace attack will once again rely on Lungi Ngidi, David Willey and Shardul Thakur. While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan Royals, is set to feature in the playing XI against Sunrisers Hyderabad (CSK vs SRH), Willey’s inclusion look difficult as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket. Death over bowling will be the biggest concern for the CSK team management as their opponents on Sunday are well capable of chasing or putting big totals on board, a thing which they have shown in past.
On the other hand, another win for Sunrisers Hyderabad will hand them their seventh consecutive victory IPL 2018. The Kane Williamson-led side is currently in red-hot form. In their last encounter, chasing a massive total of 188 runs. The orange army is capable of putting huge totals as well as defending low scores. Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling unit led by the overseas spin twins — Afghan Rashid Khan and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan — who have been instrumental till now. The spinners have been well supported by the pace department led by fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young Siddharth Kaul. Their batting mainly centers around the skipper — Williamson — who has repeatedly dug them out of troubled waters, scoring six half-centuries so far in IPL 2018. Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who struggled for runs earlier, got back his touch against Delhi, smashing a 50-ball unbeaten 92, laced with nine fours and four sixes. However, Alex Hales and Manish Pandey need to shoulder the responsibility in case Williamson fails to deliver.
In today’s IPL match, it could be another edge of the seat match for fans when the top two teams (CSK vs SRH) of the cash-rich league square-off in a crucial tie.
Head to Head :
Overall: Matches – 7,
Chennai Super Kings won – 5,
Sunrisers Hyderabad won – 2
PROBABLE XI ::
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) : MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Faf du Plesis or Sam Billings, Karn Sharma
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):
Kane Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan, Yusuf Pathan, Alex Hales, Shreevats Goswami, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Manish Pandey or Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul or Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan