Indian Premier League, 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
The Big Picture
It’s going to be a cracker of the contest as Sunrisers Hyderabad fresh from a loss to Kings XI Punjab are set to redeem their campaign when they host the Chennai Super Kings, who are coming off a big win (64 runs) against the Rajasthan Royals.
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
When: 22 April 2018, 4:00 PM IST
The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually a belter for the batsman while slowing down considerably as the game progresses.
Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has gone from 170 to 165, the team batting first has won 31 times (37.1%) while the chasing side has won 43 times i.e 57.3%.
Chennai Super Kings
In the Spotlight
It was a complete game for the Super Kings on Friday against the Rajasthan Royals. While their batsmen spearheaded by all-rounder Shane Watson who stroked his 3rd IPL century, and Suresh Raina who came into his own and stroked a colorful 46 off just 29 balls.
The batting was equally complimented by the bowling unit as the duo of Chahar (2-30) and Thakur (2-18), choked the life of Rajasthan’s Royals run-chase to set up a 64 run win, and the game against SRH would offer them a chance to solidify their campaign.
Karn Sharma, who was brought in favor of Harbhajan Singh chipped in with two wickets in the end and will hold on to his spot in the next game against SRH.
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu/Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma/Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir
In the Spotlight
The much-wanted bowling attack of the 2016 IPL champions, ran into a belligerent Chris Gayle (104 off 63 balls) who pulverized the attack into submission. Rashid Khan, one of the leading T20 bowlers in the world currently, felt the wrath of Gayle the most, as the Jamaican clobbered the Afghan leg-spinner for four sixes in a row. Rashid eventually finished with 1-55 in 4 overs, as KXIP finished with 3-193 in 20 overs.
While chasing, SRH were dealt with a body-blow when Shikhar Dhawan left the field retired hurt in the very first over, and although skipper Williamson (54 off 41 balls) and Manish Pandey (57 off 42 balls) tried valiantly, but they were never really in the chase as the KXIP bowlers led by Sran and Mujib choked the life of their run-chase.
- Billy Stanlake missed out on the last game due to injury, and while there is no latest update on his injury, Chris Jordan will feature in case the Aussie fails to recover.
- Shikhar Dhawan is expected to be fit for the all-important clash.
- Yusuf Pathan has been in indifferent form thus far, and Manoj Tiwary might come in as a replacement.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan/Manoj Tiwary, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlaike/Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul
Where to watch Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com