While SRH are already qualified for the playoffs, CSK are just one win away to enter the next level. Their loss against RR last night was a surprising one where Buttler stole the show in his own style. This time Dhoni would want his side not to go in a do or die situation, hence beating SRH is the option on Sunday afternoon. Let’s have a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both the sides:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Played every playoff – CSK have played every playoff till date (apart from 2016 and 2017 where RR and CSK were not the part of the IPL) which is a great record and they are set to play this year’s playoffs also. MS Dhoni, the leader would want his side to win this battle to keep their place safe in the top 4.
Batting unit – Batting has been impressive for CSK so far. Even MS Dhoni is at his best these days. The likes of Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson are regularly giving them some good starts, also spinners are delivering in every game.
Bravo’s failure – MS Dhoni is constantly trying Bravo in every match but the West Indian is failing in the last 3-4 games. In this high-voltage encounter, the skipper could make Bravo sit out and try some other player.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Relaxed dugout – They are already through to the playoffs and now can play freely. But, the story is not over yet. Sunrisers would want to finish their group campaign by staying in the top 2 as for 2 chances in the playoffs.
Best balanced side – Sunrisers Hyderabad are the best team so far on and off paper. Along with a decent batting line-up, they have a solid bowling attack as well in the form of Sidharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Wicket-keeping woes – Only Wriddhiman Saha was their prime choice for keeper, which has been disappointing at times as we have have seen in the past. But Kane has Sreewats Goswami, who played the last game. An experienced keeper who can also hammer with the willow is missing in the side.
Cricwizz Prediction: Chennai Super Kings are favourites to win this one.
What’s your thoughts?
Who will win?
- Chennai Super Kings (68%, 99 Votes)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (32%, 46 Votes)
Total Voters: 145