After a string of sluggish performances, Sunrisers Hyderabad is set to host the Chennai Super Kings in the 33rd fixture of the Indian Premier League. The hosts will look to get back to winning ways having lost three games on the trot while the reigning champions are just two victories away from securing their spot in the playoffs. We can expect another high-voltage drama when these two IPL giants lock horns in Hyderabad tomorrow.

Sunrisers Hyderabad started their campaign on an impressive note but soon their success was cut short, and the Orange Army find themselves amid trouble. Apart from Warner and Bairstow, their batting lineup has been under scrutiny since the last few games, even after making changes in their previous outing they fell short by 39 runs. Kane Williamson made a comeback in the starting lineup; however, the Kiwi failed to mark any impression with his captaincy or his batting. The hosts would be hoping to land a counter punch and avenge their last final’s defeat when they take on the mighty CSK.

On the contrary, Chennai Super Kings has proved once again why they are the most consistent franchise in the IPL history. With seven wins and a sole defeat in their eight encounters, the defending champions are comfortably sitting at the top of the ladder with 14 league points. Dhoni & Co always seem to find a way to turn around any contest on its head, especially in the death overs. This is what an experienced team brings to the table- good decision-making and temperament under pressure. Imran Tahir, with his tally of 13 wickets, has been crucial for the Men in Yellow in this season.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Matches won batting first – 22

Matches won bowling first – 34

Average 1st Inns scores – 156

Average 2nd Inns scores – 148

Highest total recorded – 223/3 (20 Ov) by CSK vs SRH

Lowest total recorded – 80/10 (19.1 Ov) by DC vs SRH

Highest score chased – 217/7 (19.5 Ov) by RR vs DCG

Lowest score defended – 129/8 (20 Ov) by MI vs RPS

 

Head-to-Head Record

 

Total Played: 11

CSK Won: 09

SRH Won: 02

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • The hosts are likely to include Manish Pandey back in the playing XI.
  • Shakib Al Hasan is likely to remain absent for the rest of the tournament as Bangladesh’s World Cup training camp begins soon.

Chennai Super Kings

  • The table-toppers are likely to go ahead with an unchanged starting lineup.

 

Squads

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma

Chennai Super Kings

Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif

 

Key Players

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • Jonny Bairstow
  • David Warner
  • Rashid Khan 

Chennai Super Kings

  • Faf du Plessis
  • MS Dhoni
  • Imran Tahir

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Ricky Bhui/Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir