Here we go – the first IPL Qualifier between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad and it is going to be stormer of a match with everything pointing to a Super Kings win.
Our IPL Match Analyst, Mayukh Bhattacharya, takes a look at the two teams:
“While both have been the dominant teams in the tournament, they have struggled with inconsistency of late and that will be a major cause of concern for both teams. Particularly for SRH, who have lost their last three league games, the concern will be more as their bowlers have struggled to display the form which made them favorites to win this tournament.”
Mayukh continues: “There was a time in the tournament when they successfully defended scores of below 150 and had the tagline of the best bowling side of the tournament. In their last three games, they have conceded more than 170 on all three occasions and have ended up on the losing side each time. The fact that they lost both their matches to CSK in the league stages will also give CSK the edge over them.
Having been out in the wilderness for two years, CSK have shown that they have not lost any of their hunger and desire for success as they maintained their record of making it to the playoffs in all the seasons they have been a part of. The comeback has been led admirably by MS Dhoni and his old warhorses have played their part to ensure that the yellow army lives up to their expectations.”
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The form book points to a CSK win –
Sunrisers Hyderabad – LLLWW
Chennai Super Kings – WLWLW
Head 2 Head this season - CSK beat SRH by four runs; CSK beat SRH by eight wickets
The SunRisers will need to overcome, or stifle, the strong CSK batting in order to win this one, which is a big ask in my opinion. The momentum and winning experience of the CSK will win through for me.
CSK to win. MOM Shane Watson.
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