New Delhi: The Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to return to winning ways when they take on the Chennai Super Kings in the match 20 of VIVO IPL 2018 at Hyderabad today.
The SRH had a run of three consecutive wins, but their unbeaten run was halted when Kings XI Punjab defeated them by 15 runs at Mohali. The formula that had worked for Sunrisers in their first three matches was to restrict their opponents to totals in the region of 140-160, and then chase them down.
Shikhar Dhawan is SRH’s biggest match-winner with the bat; the left-hander was forced to retire hurt in the previous match after receiving a blow on his left elbow. The SRH captain Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib Al Hasan looked good in the previous match; both batsmen made fluent – unhurried half-centuries against KXIP and will look to carry that form forward.
Meanwhile, with the likes Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Shakib Al Hasan, their bowling unit looks world-class. Both Bhuvneshwar and Kaul have bagged five and six wickets respectively.
In their previous outing, Chennai Super Kings had their best game of the season, and they will want to carry forward the momentum from their resounding 64-run win against the Rajasthan Royals. Shane Watson took full toll of RR’s largesse in the field and helped himself to a third IPL hundred, while Suresh Raina looked good on his return to the team.
Suresh Raina batted fluently in his 46 against the Rajasthan Royals. The left-hander is an important cog in CSK’s batting plans; he has the ability to bat long and pace his innings or go hell for leather if the situation demands that. Raina, who bats at number three, will be expected to contribute big runs.
CSK bowling hasn’t come to the party so far in the tournament. Though CSK have lost 13 wickets to the quick bowlers, they’ve scored at a rate of 10.73; they’ve lost 10 wickets to spinners, but have only managed to score at 7.70 runs per over.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 6, Sunrisers Hyderabad won – 2, Chennai Super Kings won – 4
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Alex Hales, Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan, Shakib, Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Nabi, Basil Thampi, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Sreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehedi Hasan.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.
The match starts at 4 PM IST.