SRH vs CSK IPL 2021 Preview: 30th Sept - After change in guard, SRH look to slow down Chennai's juggernaut
Former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has had to make way for Jason Roy.
LIVE SCORES - - Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 44
Change of the guard for SRH
There is a clear changing of the guard in Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was quite evident with the changes that the team made in their last match as skipper Kane Williamson dropped Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav, replacing them with Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma.
David Warner also had to make room for Jason Roy. There is little chance that Warner will return to the Hyderabad XI this season. Not only that, Hyderabad are not expected to retain the former captain going into the mega auctions next year.
The team also had to make another change of bringing in Siddharth Kaul in place of the injured Khaleel Ahmad. As it turned out, Hyderabad registered only their second win of the season and a comprehensive one at that, beating Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets with 9 balls to spare.
They will come up against table toppers Chennai Super Kings who have won 8 of their 10 matches in IPL 2021.
Curran replaces Bravo
Chennai brought in Sam Curran in place of Dwayne Bravo in their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, the all-rounder was not able to make an impact either with the ball or bat.
Despite that, expect Dhoni to give him another opportunity. Bravo though has delivered everything that was expected of him and it is a bit harsh to keep him out of the side.
Chennai are looking a well-oiled unit with openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis firing. The middle order is also holding its own which is why the lack of runs from the blade of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni is not hurting Chennai that much.
Both teams will come up against each other at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and another low scoring encounter is expected. The spinners will have a big role to play with not enough pace on the relaid Sharjah pitch.
While Chennai have Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja, SRH have Rashid Khan as their go-to option. Abhishek Sharma can also bowl a couple of handy overs but Hyderabad should seriously consider bringing in Shahbaz Nadeem who can be a handful on the sluggish surface.
Predicted playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings - Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran/Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Sunrisers Hyderabad - Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
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