Match 21, the battle for the first place in the points table will witness Sunrisers Hyderabad play against Chennai Super Kings. Both the teams have won 6 points with just one loss in their last 4 games, interestingly; both have been beaten by the KXIP. Their face-off is going to be an exciting match for it will see the two best teams compete.
Overall: Matches – 6
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 2
Chennai Super Kings – 4
The challenge between Chennai and Hyderabad will be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Average 1st innings score: 155
Average 2nd innings score: 146
Highest Total: 223/3 (20 Ov) by CSK vs SRH
Lowest Total: 80/10 (19.1 Ov) by DD vs SRH
Highest Chased: 217/7 (19.5 Ov) by RR vs DC
Lowest Defended: 129/8 (20 Ov) by MI vs RPS
(The above stats only include IPL matches played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium)
The Hyderabad pitch is often sticky and two-paced, thus favoring bowlers. Since it is an afternoon match, there might not be any dew. Hence, the captain winning the toss might opt to bat first.
How do the teams stack up?
Hyderabad’s strong batting lineup will look forward to return to their form after failing to reach a huge target against KXIP. Dhawan’s fitness is on fret. If he fails the fitness test tomorrow, Alex Hales could possibly open with Saha. If Billy Stanlake is completely fit, Chris Jordan will be made to rest. The bowling unit is strong with efficient death-over bowlers. The rest of the squad will remain the same.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake
Players to watch out for: Kane Williamson, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai has been saved by a hard-hitting batsman in every match they have played before. And, it was Watson who smashed a brilliant century who helped his squad against Rajasthan. The return of Raina in form is comforting. Karn Sharma did justice to his selection which means Harbhajan is likely to be out of the playing XI. CSK’s bowling has improved extensively in their last match. No changes are likely to be seen in the CSK squad.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C; WK), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Players to watch out for: Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur
Punters Super Heavy On: Chennai Super Kings