Super Kings run into invincible Sunrisers in a bid to seal playoffs spot; Match Preview

Can Dhoni take Chennai to play-offs?
 

Having barely had time to recover from their previous game against the Rajasthan Royals, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face a tough challenge as they take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Needing one more win to seal their playoffs spot, CSK will have to play out of their skins if they are to compete with Kane Williamson and co.

Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad

May 13, 2018

16:00 hours IST

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

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The Sunrisers had a rare bad day with the ball, in their last game, as the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar fell prey to a Rishabh Pant blitzkrieg. Such challenges will only make them a tougher team going into the qualifiers and their response with the bat just showed that they can conquer any situation.

While Williamson might have missed a trick by not giving the ball to someone like a Yusuf Pathan in the last game, they will be pleased with the form of Shakib al Hasan. With all the hype surrounding Rashid Khan and Siddarth Kaul, Shakib’s performances have gone unnoticed. However, he has managed to pick up twelve wickets in the tournament and has chipped in with the bat as well on a couple of occasions.

CSK have changed tactics as the tournament has progressed and that is something which one needs to admire about them. As pitches have become slower, Ravindra Jadeja’s contribution with the ball has increased while those of Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo have decreased. David Willey’s off day against the Royals might just spur them to bring Ngidi back into the scheme of things.

For CSK it will all come down to exposing SRH’s fragile middle order who haven’t really fired in this tournament. MS Dhoni will also have to do a better job in allocating his death overs to bowlers as compared to whatever he did against Rajasthan. SRH will no doubt be looking to get their bowling sorted after they conceded 187 in their last game. CSK will be well aware of the threat that comes with SRH but the sheer experience of their players gives them the upper hand over them.

Probable XI’s

Lungi Ngidi should come in for David Willey while KM Asif could come in for Karn Sharma.

Chennai Super Kings – Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif

Expect an unchanged XI from SRH.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Trivia

  • During the match against Rajasthan, Suresh Raina became the first player to score 300 runs in each of the 11 seasons of the IPL
  • Bhuvneshwar’s figures of 4-0-51-1 in the last game was only the second time he ever conceded 50 plus runs in a T20 match. His worst figures are 4-0-55-2 against Bangalore back in 2016

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