IPL Match No 44 Preview: The first placed side on IPL table CSK takes on the eight placed SRH in Sharjah.
Head to head
The head to head is heavily in favour of CSK with them winning 73% of the matches played amongst them. Although in the recent past SRH has given them a tough fight by winning 2 out of the last 5 matches played amongst them.
The Big Picture
The result of this match wouldn't make any difference on the point table unless SRH wins the match by a huge margin which affects the NRR of CSK which is unlikely to happen. CSK has already qualified for the playoffs that make it 11 playoffs qualification which is a stupendous achievement. SRH is the only team that has no chance to qualify for the Playoffs this season. Other teams would be hoping that SRH upsets CSK so that they have a better chance to be placed amongst the top two sides in the playoffs. CSK needs to win 2 out of their remaining 4 games to assure a top 2 spot.
Chennai Super Kings
The main reason for CSK being the number one team so far this year is that they have performed well together as a team. Almost every player has made a crucial contribution towards it. A startling stat about CSK batsmen this year is that all their top 5 run-scorers have individual strike-rate of more than 135. A Rayudu leads the pack with a strike rate of 174.5 and R Gaikwad is the player with the fifth-best strike rate of 137.12. When we speak about their bowling none of their bowlers is amongst the top 10 wicket-takers this year but 4 of their players have picked up 9 or more wickets which again suggest how they have performed as a team.
SRH have had a horrid season this year mainly because their batsmen have failed time and again. Apart from J Bairstow, who isn’t part of IPL leg 2 none of their current top-order batsmen features in the top 20 list of run-scorers this year. When it comes to their bowling R Khan has been exceptional for them picking up 13 wickets at an average of 18.92 and a strike rate of 6.15. The good thing for SRH is that they can now play freely because they have no chance to qualify for the playoffs. It could be a blessing in disguise because this allows them to experiment and test their bench strength and introduce players who haven’t got a chance to be part of playing 11 more often. This could help them in rebuilding their team for the next year.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
Today’s match will be played in Sharjah Cricket Ground and this ground has aided the bowlers the most. The average runs scored on this ground is 136 for the loss of 6 wickets which clearly states it’s a tricky wicket for the batsmen to score quickly. So far sides batting second have won 2 out of the 3 matches played on this ground.
Probable Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa/Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni © (wk), Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood/Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir/Moeen Ali and Deepak Chahar
Sunrisers Hyderabad: J Roy, W Saha (wk), Kane Williamson ©, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and Abhishek Sharma
Match No 44 Indian Premier League 2021
Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Date & Time: 30th Sept 2021, Wednesday 7:30 PM IST
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow, Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan
Death Over Bowlers
Chennai Super Kings: Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur and Sam Curran
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Khaleel Ahmed and Siddharth Kaul
Most Runs in IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis 394 (279 balls) and Ruturaj Gaikwad 362 (264 balls)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow 248 (175 balls) and M Pandey 223 (195 balls)
Most Wicket in IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings: Deepak Chahar (11) and Shardul Thakur (10)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rashid Khan (13) and Jason Holder (6)
Dream11 Player Suggestions:
CSK vs SRH Dream11 Wicketkeeper: W Saha
CSK vs SRH Dream11 Batsmen: J Roy, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Kane Williamson and Ruturaj Gaikwad
CSK vs SRH Dream11 All-Rounder’s: Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder
CSK vs SRH Dream11 Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Deepak Chahar & Sandeep Sharma
CSK vs SRH Dream11 Captain & Vice Captain: Jason Holder (Captain) & Faf du Plessis (Vice-Captain)
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