IPL 2020 Match 29 Preview: SRH vs CSK - Dhoni-led CSK desperate to turn the tide against better-placed Hyderabad
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said in the post-match conference after Chennai Super Kings' 37-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore that Chennai's playoff dream is getting pushed out of their reach with every passing match.
CSK's missing intent in focus
The team has to get its house in order immediately if they want to continue harbouring hopes for the playoffs. There were some strong words from skipper MS Dhoni after Chennai's defeat to RCB as well.
Dhoni was particularly critical of the intent of the Chennai players and said that the team should focus on executing their skills and taking one ball at a time rather than thinking about the past defeats. He also emphasized that it is better off to get bowled out in the 17th over rather than being overcautious and letting the required run rate slip out of hand.
Another interesting thing that Dhoni said was that CSK started with five bowlers and are now playing with six bowlers. MSD said that the team may revert to the five-bowler policy given that their batting line-up looks a bit thin at the moment. However, when you look at the CSK bench, you struggle to find even a single batsman who can add value to the Chennai playing XI.
Ruturaj Gaikwad seems to be the only feasible option who can slot at the top of the order along with Shane Watson, with Faf du Plessis dropping to number 3. But in whose place do you bring him in? CSK will have to find these answers as they languish at the second-last place in the IPL points table at the halfway mark.
Hyderabad lost way in last match
Sunrisers Hyderabad would not be too pleased with themselves after letting Rajasthan Royals Pull off a heist against them in their last encounter.
Hyderabad did not put up the best show with the bat despite a 38-ball 48 from skipper David Warner. Manish Pandey scored another half-century at a strike rate of 122.73 but the team failed to force the issue and ended up with just 158 runs from their 20 overs.
Despite Rajasthan having an unsettled batting unit and Hyderabad succeeding in reducing them to 78/5 after 12 overs, they somehow let the match slip away. The team would have expected a bit more from Khaleel Ahmed but he failed to deliver, finishing with figures of 3.5-0-37-2.
No changes for SRH
But, with limited resources available on the bench and Vijay Shankar having already been drafted in the playing XI in the last match, SRH are not expected to make any changes.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c & wk), N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma
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