Man of the Match: David Warner
Chennai Super Kings to win the Match
Our Prediction is Chennai Super Kings to win the match!
Host Sunrisers Hyderabad will be desperate for a strong comeback against league leaders Chennai Super Kings in the 33rd game of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Having lost their last three games in a row, Hyderabad will be keen to get back to winning ways in this home fixture. The side certainly needs to raise their game with the bat in order to break their losing streak in the competition. Captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar and co. will need to play their best cricket in order to challenge a side like Chennai Super Kings
On the other hand, Chennai are currently lying at the top of the league table with 14 points to their name. Captain MS Dhoni will be hoping that the side can maintain their winning streak against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In their previous game, Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals. With this result, Sunrisers are lying in the bottom half of the league table with six points to their name.
Kane Williamson and co. will have to learn from their mistakes and make a strong comeback against Chennai Super Kings.Hyderabad came up short in their game against Delhi, as the middle-order once again crumbled during the chase. The biggest concern for Sunrisers will be middle-order that hasn’t been able to produce runs for the side so far this season.
There seems to be over-reliance on David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to do the bulk of the scoring. The duo once again got Sunrisers off to a decent start and added 72 runs for the opening wicket against Delhi Capitals.Warner scored 51 runs off 47 balls with the help of three fours to keep his team in the hunt in the chase, whereas Bairstow scored with 41 runs off 31 balls.
Captain Williamson will be looking to find form with the bat after perishing for a low score in the previous game played against Delhi Capitals. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan might be slotted into the playing XI in order to strengthen the middle-order that has not delivered at all this season.Deepak Hooda is an experienced campaigner for Hyderabad, and he needs to raise his game with the bat in the next match. Vijay Shankar has gone quiet with the bat and really needs to produce runs with the bat in this game.
New-ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed delivered excellent performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous game. The duo picked up five wickets between them to restrict Delhi to a modest total.Leg-spinner Rashid Khan once again produced a tidy spell of bowling and conceded just 22 runs from his four overs.
Kane Williamson (captain), David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Rick Bhui, Yusuf Pathan , Jonny Bairstow (wk), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Khaleel Ahmed, Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, KS Williamson, Deepak Hooda, David Warner
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are coming into the game on the back of some impressive performances in the competition. The inclusion of Faf du Plessis into the playing XI is turning out to be a masterstroke by the franchise. Du Plessis has provided stability at the top of the order and scored 128 runs from four games at an average of 42.66.
All-rounder Shane Watson has struggled to score runs so far in this year’s competition. He has scored 111 runs in 8 innings at an average of 13.87. Watson will certainly be relishing the chance to face Hyderabad, as last time; he produced an outstanding ton in the finals to help Chennai win their third title.
Chennai will be hoping that Watson can find form with the bat in the next couple of matches in the competition.Suresh Raina was the star of the show with the bat in the previous game played against Kolkata. He smashed unbeaten 58 runs off 42 balls to steer Chennai to a comfortable victory. Raina will be keen to continue his good form in this game as well.
Captain MS Dhoni is the leading run-scorer for Chennai so far this season with 230 runs at an average of 76.66. He certainly has delivered crucial performances with the bat for Chennai in this year’s competition.Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have done well for the side with the new-ball, whereas Imran Tahir, Ravendra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner have done an excellent job for Chennai in the middle phase of the innings.
MS Dhoni (captain), Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, Ravendra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu
The wicket prepared will be on the slower side. Batsmen will need to work hard for their runs on this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to mainly sunny.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost their last two games played at this venue. The side will be looking to make amends for their recent poor form and do well against Chennai Super Kings. Sunrisers will face uphill task as don’t have a good record against Chennai at this ground.
The side that wins the toss would like to bat first and put runs on the board. The quick bowlers will certainly play a big role in this game. In the last two games, sides batting first have come out on top.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will face an uphill task due to their frail middle-order. The side has suffered back-to-back defeats in the competition. On the other hand, Reigning Champions Chennai Super Kings are in red-hot form and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of league table.
Expect Chennai Super Kings to continue their winning streak in this contest!
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