Chennai Super Kings lost the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 1 run on Sunday by the contribution of RCB opener Parthiv Patel. They need to face Sunrisers Hyderabad today at Chennai. They slipped to the second position in the IPL points table and Sunrisers Hyderabad needs a win against Chennai Super Kings to compete for the position in the top 4 in IPL points table.
Both the teams have the best economical bowling record. Chennai Super Kings has an economy rate of 6.62 and Sunrisers Hyderabad has an economy rate of 6.33 by the spinners. In the history of IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad won three games and Chennai Super Kings won eight games out of 11 head to head fixtures. Sunrisers Hyderabad has the best scoring rate of 9.07 during Power Plays and Chennai Super Kings have the poorest scoring rate of 6.02 during Power Plays.
The crucial game changers for this match are spinners. Hence, Rashid Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and Ravindra Jadeja are the players to watch out for.MS Dhoni is the highest scorer for Chennai Super Kings and he stood as the excellent finisher in the lower middle order. It reveals the fact that the top order is very much fragile on many occasions. Suresh Raina stood as the crucial batsman for Chennai on many occasions but needs a massive score to strengthen his position in the team.
The team might bring back Harbhajan Singh since he picked 7 wickets from three matches at an economy rate of 4.33 and average of 7.43. The poor performance of Shane Watson is another point of worry for the franchise and he slammed just 147 runs from ten games and highest score being 44 against Delhi Capitals. He might be replaced by Sam Billings or Murali Vijay for this game.
On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner are the solid openers for Sunrisers Hyderabad and are the only batsmen who slammed above fifty in the team. They need a solid middle order to tackle tough situations in the game. Rashid Khan seems another man with X-factor from Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Jonny Bairstow stood unbeaten in recent occasions and want to smash another match-winning cameo. However, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow might be rested for the rest of the tournament keeping world cup in mind. Hence, the franchise needs to choose alternate batsmen in the top order.
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni(captain), Murali Vijay/Shane Watson/Sam Billings, Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, and Imran Tahir.
Kane Williamson(captain), David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul/Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, and Yusuf Pathan.