Chennai Super Kings, leading by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, would like to book their place in the playoffs of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League by winning a game against Sunrisers Hyderabad at their second home ground Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune on Sunday. Two-time IPL champions Chennai are currently at second in the points table, and on Friday they got a defeat against Rajasthan Royals. If Chennai wins this match, then qualify for the playoffs. Hyderabad, on the other hand, has already secured its place in the playoffs and their eyes must be on strengthened themselves by winning another match. After two years of the ban, Chennai, who returned to IPL, won five out of six matches before they have lost to defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Chennai Super Kings
Now CSK has 14 points in 11 matches, and they need to win just one out of the remaining three games. On Friday, Rajasthan Royals beat them by four wickets and waited for them for the playoffs. It was Chennai’s third defeat in last five matches. Chennai batsmen have scored well in this season. Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, captain Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo have played the good innings. However, Chennai’s bowling dept is too weak, and they were failed to defend the total in a previous couple of games.
On the other hand, New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson has kept the Sunrisers’command well. Now his vision is to end the league matches as the table-toppers in the playoffs. Hyderabad had won 188 against Delhi Daredevils by losing a wicket. 2016 champion Sunrisers Hyderabad can chase any big score and can defend any small score. Sunrise’s strength is touring around their bowling Dept. Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Co. are in excellent form. Besides Bhuvneshwar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, leg-spinner Rashid Khan (13 wickets) and Shakib (12 wickets) are also doing well.
Chennai Super Kings Predicted XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Head to Head
CSK 5 – 2 SRH
Record in Pune
CSK 2 – 0 SRH