The top two teams will battle for a place in the final when Chennai Super Kings take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1 in IPL 2018 on Tuesday. Chennai are coming off a brilliant win against Kings XI Punjab, while SRH would look to break three successive defeats for a place in the final. The loser of Qualifier 1 will play the winner of Eliminator between KKR and RR in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams, prediction of Qualifier 1 SRH vs CSK clash on Friday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad strengths
Batting and bowling firepower
Chennai Super Kings strengths
Depth in batting and bowling
Chennai Super Kings weaknesses
Bowling leaking runs in death overs
IPL 2018: SRH have lost both the league clashes against CSK. The first one by 4 runs and the second by 8 wickets. CSK have a hold over SRH and would look to carry on the winning momentum against them.
Overall: CSK have played 9 matches against SRH, winning 7 of them.
Key battles to watch out for:
MS Dhoni vs Rashid Khan
The CSK skipper MS Dhoni was dismissed rather cheaply by Rashid Khan in the first league clash against SRH. Rashid Khan would eye another challenge against Dhoni. Rashid has been one of the leading wicket-takers at the moment. Dhoni would eye revenge in the Qualifier 1 as a win would guarantee a ticket in the final.
CSK look a well-oiled unit with few good wins under their belt. Even when they have faced defeat, it has not been without a fight. SRH look too dependent on Kane Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan to bail them out every time. Besides, their bowling too has struggled in the last three games. CSK look good to qualify for final. Our vote goes to CSK.
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Possible winner: CSK