Man of the Match: SR Watson
Chennai Super Kings to win the Match
Our Prediction is Chennai Super Kings to win the match!
Host Chennai Super Kings will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league table when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 41st game of Indian Premier League in Chennai on Tuesday.
MS Dhoni and co. will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this home fixture. The side will need to bring their A-game to the table against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad delivered a pitch-perfect performance with bat and ball to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the game played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Kane Williamson and co. will be keen to continue their winning momentum in this game.
In their previous meeting between two teams, Sunrisers produced a clinical performance to beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets.
Reigning Champions will be determined to deliver their best performance in front of their home crowds. A win against Hyderabad will take them one step closer towards securing their place in the playoffs of the competition. The side will be concerned over the form of opening batsman Shane Watson, who has struggled to produce runs so far this season. He has scored 147 runs in 10 innings at an average of 14.70. Watson will need to stay at the crease to find a form with the bat for Chennai Super Kings.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Faf du Plessis, captain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to do the bulk of the scoring. Du Plessis and Raina perished for low scores in the previous game played against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chennai will be hoping that the experienced duo can produce notable scores for the side against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ambati Rayudu chipped in with decent score in the previous game played against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He added 55 runs with MS Dhoni to keep the side in the hunt to win the game.
There is no doubt that Captain MS Dhoni has been standout performer for Chennai in this year’s competition. He certainly delivered scintillating innings for Chennai and nearly helped the side pull off a famous win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Dhoni scored unbeaten 84 runs off 48 balls with the help of five fours and seven sixes. He will be keen to continue his rich vein of form for the side in the next couple of games.
In the bowling department, Deepak Chahar, Ravendra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo bowled well and picked up six wickets between them. Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir failed to take any wickets in the previous game.
MS Dhoni (captain), Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Kedhar Jadhav, Suresh Raina, Ravendra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma.
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni
Kane Williamson-led unit produced a splendid performance with bat and ball to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets in the game played on Sunday. With this result, Hyderabad has 10 points to their name in 9 matches.
The bowlers did a fantastic job for Hyderabad to restrict star-studded Kolkata batting lineup to a modest total. In reply, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow produced half-centuries to see Sunrisers complete a comfortable win in the 15th over. The side will be relying heavily on their in-form opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to do the bulk of the scoring. The duo has shown tremendous consistency for the side so far this season with more than 900 runs between them.
David Warner is currently the leading run-scorer in this year’s competition with 517 runs in 9 matches at an average of 73.85. Left-hander has been in stupendous form for Sunrisers Hyderabad and notched up four consecutive half-centuries in a row. Bairstow has not been far behind and also scored 445 runs in 9 matches at an average of 63.57. He certainly delivered a fabulous performance for the side in the previous game. He produced unbeaten 80 off 43 balls to help the side register a nine-wicket win over Kolkata.
Besides Bairstow, the middle-order hasn’t done much with the bat in this year’s competition. The team management will be hoping that the likes of Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda and Vijay Shankar can score runs in this game.
In the bowling department, new-ball pair of Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did most of the damage in the previous game. The duo picked up five wickets them to restrict Kolkata to a below-par score. Rashid Khan and Sandeep Sharma picked up one wicket apiece.
Khaleel Ahmed, Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, David Warner
The wicket prepared will be on the slower side for this game. The spinners are expected to dominate the proceedings in this contest as well. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is going to be clear skies.
MA Chidambaram has certainly been a happy hunting ground for Chennai so far this year. The side has won all their games played at this venue. Chennai has an excellent head-to-head record against Sunrisers Hyderabad at this venue
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first surface. It does get easier to bat in the second half of the game. Both teams have world-class spinners in their ranks so expect plenty of wickets for the likes of Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will certainly fancy their chances of pulling off an upset against Chennai Super Kings in this game. With the likes of Warner and Bairstow scoring heavily for Hyderabad, the side will be favorites to come out on top in this game.
Expect Sunrisers Hyderabad to upstage Chennai Super Kings in this contest.
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