CSK vs SRH IPL 2021 Preview: Another turner awaits Chennai and Hyderabad in Delhi
CSK are expected to relish the sluggish surface in Delhi due to the riches in their spin department.
No respite from the pitch for SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad played their first five matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and managed to win just one. Skipper David Warner called the Chennai pitch a shocker as the Hyderabad batsmen struggled to score on it.
Hyderabad will not get any respite as they move to the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi which is also notorious for its slow nature.
CSK expect more of the same
Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, played their first five matches at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Interestingly, for a squad built for the slow and sluggish pitches of the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, CSK made admirable use of the Wankhede pitch which was quite good to bat on to begin with.
However, in their last couple of matches, the ball spun big and the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir made hay. Chennai spinners will expect to get assistance from the Delhi surface as well.
Ambati Rayudu doubtful starter
Moeen Ali will probably miss this match as well due to injury. CSK have a lot of spin options, with spin bowling all rounder Krishnappa Gowtham, R Sai Kishore and Karn Sharma on the bench.
Ambati Rayudu pulled his calf muscle or hurt his hamstring in Chennai's last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and is expected to be rested for a couple of games. A pure batsman in N Jagadeesan or a spin bowling all rounder in Krishnappa Gowtham is expected to take his place as the likes of Robin Uthappa and Cheteshwar Pujara are more suited to the top order.
Things not going SRH's way
Things have just not clicked for Sunrisers Hyderabad in this season. They have come extremely close to getting over the line on several occasions but have fallen just short.
Even in their last match against Delhi Capitals, Kane Williamson scored a brilliant half century but Hyderabad were able to manage just one run off the last ball as the match went into the Super Over.
There as well, captain David Warner scampered through a short run and the team suffered a heart breaking defeat despite Rashid Khan bowling extremely well in the one over Eliminator.
Hyderabad's list of injuries
Injuries have not helped them either. After T Natarajan being ruled out of the season, their leading pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled up sore and was not able to be part of their playing XI in the last match. Finisher Abdul Samad has also suffered an injury.
On the positive side, the replacements Jagadeesha Suchith and Siddharth Kaul did a fine job for the franchise. SRH desperately need some luck in order to climb a couple of notches in the points table.
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Who will win the toss? - SRH
Who will win? – CSK
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Faf du Plessis (CSK)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Khaleel Ahmed (SRH), Imran Tahir(CSK)
Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Sunrisers Hyderabad - David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed
Chennai Super Kings - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, N Jagadeesan/Krishnappa Gowtham/Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
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