The 33rd match of the 2019 Indian Premier League sees sixth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Chennai Super Kings. CSK who are currently topping the table will further solidify their position if they are to win this tie against Hyderabad. If Sunrisers win this match, they will surge ahead to fifth place ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders courtesy of a better net run rate.
Sunrisers are winless in three matches with their last victory coming against Delhi in the first leg at home. Since then they have lost to Mumbai and Delhi at home and Punjab away at Mohali. Chennai, on the other hand, are in a four-match winning streak that dates back to their win against Punjab at home. Since their loss to Mumbai away at Wankhede, CSK have defeated Punjab and Rajasthan while also winning both the legs against Kolkata.
Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan are expected to come back for SRH in place of Ricky Bhui and Abhishek Sharma to provide experience to their middle-order. However, Khaleel Ahmed after an impressive performance against Delhi is expected to keep his place in the playing eleven.
Chennai are expected to field the same side that have enabled them so much success in the present tournament. Mitchell Santner is expected to play ahead of Harbhajan Singh as the SRH batting-order has six right-handed batsmen in their playing eleven.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Probable XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
Chennai Super Kings (Probable XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C, WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
David Warner vs Imran Tahir
This will be a battle between two of the most valuable players of this season’s IPL. After missing out on playing competitive cricket for over a year, David Warner has returned in IPL with a bang, already assaulting the bowlers with 4 fifties and 1 century in this season’s IPL. The leading overseas run-scorer in the IPL history, Warner has 4414 IPL career runs to his name with 400 runs in 7 innings coming in this season only. With an overall IPL average of 42.44 in 121 innings, and with a strike-rate of 141.97, Warner is the batsman whom Delhi’s bowlers would need to target in the powerplay.
Ageing like fine wine, Imran Tahir at the age of 40 has set IPL 2019 on fire. One of the reasons why Chennai have been dominating this season, Tahir has picked wickets at crucial intervals for CSK. Whenever Chennai are in dire need of wickets, Dhoni has always turned to Tahir and the talismanic South African has repaid MSD’s faith.
Tahir has already picked up 13 wickets in 8 matches with an economy rate of 5.76 in IPL 12. In 46 IPL matches, the spinner has picked up 66 wickets at an average of 20.50 with a healthy economy rate of 7.95.
Rashid Khan vs MS Dhoni
Rashid Khan has not been successful in picking up wickets this season, but he has certainly been successful in restricting runs. And this quality of his aids SRH as Rashid Khan is not only a genuine wicket-taking bowler but also an economical bowler who will keep a check on opposition’s run flow. With 44 wickets in 38 matches and an impressive economy rate of 6.52, the Afghan bowler averages 22.12.
MS Dhoni has been in sublime form this IPL already scoring 230 runs in 8 matches at an average of 76.66. With an S/R of 127.07, Dhoni has scored 2 fifties with his highest score being 75 not out. In his IPL career, the CSK skipper has scored 4246 runs at an average of 41.22. With an S/R of 137.54, he further has 22 fifties to his name.
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Sunrisers are losing games due to their over-reliance on their top-4 batsmen. If either of their top-4 fails, they end up losing wickets in quick succession and thus fail to post good totals. Chennai, on the other hand, have a balanced side with depth in their batting and bowling department, thus Team CricWizz expects Chennai to be the victors of this match.
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