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IPL 2020 Match 14 Preview: CSK vs SRH - Team combination key in clash between Dhoni and Warner-led sides

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner SRH
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad will be pleased to finally get off the mark with a 15-run victory over Delhi Capitals in their last match.

Have Hyderabad figured out best XI?

SRH finally succeeded in getting their team combination right. The David Warner-led side played finisher and big-hitting batsman Abdul Samad in place of Wriddhiman Saha, who soaked a lot of balls in his last match.

With David Warner and Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order and Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson to follow, this now looks like a much better batting line-up for Hyderabad. Williamson, who returned after getting back to full fitness, made an impact right away with a 26-ball 41 and had the the highest strike rate for any batsman making 25 or more runs in the match.

 Slow going for Hyderabad

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow gave the team a good start against Delhi, adding 77 runs from 9.3 overs. Although the pitch in Abu Dhabi was not the best for batting, the duo would know that they could have gone a bit harder.

It is understandable why the openers chose to play conservatively as they did not have enough confidence on the batsmen following. Still, they could have taken some more calculated risks.

Room for only one of Nabi or Williamson

Mohammad Nabi had to sit out from the last match due to the inclusion of Kane Williamson . With David Warner and Jonny Bairstow already at the top of the order and leg spinner Rashid Khan an automatic selection, Sunrisers Hyderabad do not have much room for their overseas starts and hence, they had to make the tough call.

Hyderabad would like to settle down with their playing XI and repeat the template that they got in their last game.

CSK return after break

They will compete against Chennai Super Kings, who will be refreshed after a one-week break. Just like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings have also struggled to get their team formation right and are perhaps the two most uncertain sides in the Indian Premier League at the moment.

 Rayudu set to be back

If Ambati Rayudu has recovered from his hamstring injury, CSK can slot him either at number 3 or 4 with Faf du Plessis in next or they can also open with him.

Murali Vijay is likely to be dropped with Ruturaj Gaikwad moving up the order. Josh Hazlewood gave CSK some confidence with the control in his bowling in the last game and will keep his place.

CSK need another bowling option

What Chennai desperately need is a sixth bowler as Ravi Jadeja has consistently been going for a lot of runs in the competition. If Chennai can drop a batsman and bring in Shardul Thakur, it will provide more balance to their side.

Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) -
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan

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