Dubai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni)-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have to make a strong comeback from the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday if they have to keep their hopes alive in the IPL 2020. In this match, Dhoni’s team will also try to avenge the 7-run defeat suffered by Sunrisers in the previous match. At the same time, Sunrisers Hyderabad is also looking to take advantage of the weaknesses of Chennai so far.
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The 3-time IPL champion and last time runners-up Chennai have lost 5 out of the 7 matches so far and are now desperate to return to victory. He is currently at number 7 in the point table of 8 teams. In the history of IPL, Chennai has been considered as the best team to chase the target but so far this year its batsmen have failed. He has got five defeats chasing the target.
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessi performed well in the top order, but the middle order will now have to show better. After the relentless performance of Kedar Jadhav, Chennai had bowled him out in the last match and replaced him with Narayan Jagadishan, who scored 33 off 28 balls and combined with Ambati Rayudu (42 off 40 balls) to finish the innings but After both were dismissed, Chennai’s batting was shattered.
Sam Curren, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo also failed to bat. Dhoni too has not been able to score as fast as expected. The captain also later admitted that the batsmen would have to perform better if they were to win the match further. Dhoni said, “Batting is a matter of little concern. We need to do something about it. Deepak Chahar and Jadeja have been impressive in bowling so far. Bravo’s return balanced the team but Karen, Shardul Thakur and Karn Sharma need to perform well.
Chennai Super Kings probable playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessy, Ambati Rayudu, Narayan Jagadishan, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Sam Curren, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur.
Full Team of Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessi, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Sentner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N Jagadishan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
The condition of Sunrisers is also not very good. He has won 3 out of 7 matches and is 5th in the points table. The 5-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday would have hurt the team as they kept a good control on the match after scoring 158 runs for 4 wickets.
Batting is not a concern for the Sunrisers as Johnny Bairstow, captain David Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson are consistently scoring well and are ready to take the responsibility. Bowling has emerged as their weak side.
Sunrisers’ bowling has weakened after losing to fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Although leg-spinner Rashid Khan and yorker specialist T Natarajan have bowled well for him, Sandeep Sharma, Khalil Ahmed and young Abhishek Sharma have proved to be a weak link in his bowling unit.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Possible Playing XI: David Warner (captain), Johnny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Khalil Ahmed and Sandeep Sharma.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Full Team: David Warner (Captain), Johnny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B Sandeep Sharma, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yara, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi.
Toss Time: Indian time today at 7:00 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Dubai International Stadium