In the 46th game of the Indian T20 League 2022, Chennai takes on Hyderabad with a point to prove. Chennai’s latest game ended in a defeat against Punjab, their sixth in eight games. Hyderabad squandered a winning chance after losing to Gujarat on the final ball of the game, their first loss in six games.
The pressure will be on Chennai, as this is a must-win game for them. The reigning champs have had a terrible showing thus far, with only two wins. If they lose, they may be eliminated from the competition in the first round. They must rediscover their groove and play effectively as a unit, and their bowling attack must put up a strong performance. Hyderabad has performed admirably as a team, and defeating them will be difficult.
Kane Williamson’s squad suffered their first defeat in six games, losing by 5 wickets in a nail-biter against Gujarat. Williamson would be disappointed since his team failed to defend 22 runs in the final over, allowing them to lose the game on the final ball. They had beaten Chennai by a large margin earlier in the competition, and Williamson wants his team to put in a good performance and win here to improve their position on the points table.
Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson have been in fine form recently, and the team would like to see them get off to a solid start here. With Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, and Rahul Tripathi making runs in recent games, the middle-order appears to be rock strong. Washington Sundar’s comeback has bolstered the side’s bottom middle order, and he’d aim to add some fast runs in this game alongside Shashank Singh and Marco Jansen.
With the new ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Marco Jansen will need to bowl excellent lines, as this has been one of the side’s weak areas. Umran Malik has been outstanding, and the team has to make better use of him to put pressure on the Chennai batsmen. T Natarajan has performed well and makes a nice bowling partnership with Sundar, who is one of the greatest bowlers in this format, in the middle overs.
Ravindra Jadeja is pressed for time. He hasn’t been very inspiring as captain, and now is the ideal opportunity for him to show his worth as they enter this game of life and death. In their last game against Punjab, they were defeated by 11 runs because of poor bowling and batting. Hyderabad has been in excellent form, and Jadeja will need to instil confidence in the team if they are to win.
Robin Uthappa will need to play freely, and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has struggled with his form, will be crucial. Ambati Rayudu must be partnered with Shivam Dube and Mitchell Santner. In this vital game, Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Dwaine Pretorius, and Dwayne Bravo give depth to the batting line-up and must play significant knocks.
Given Hyderabad’s dominance at the top, Mukesh Choudhary and Maheesh Theekshana have done well as a pair, but the squad will need an explosive start from them. With Santner and Bravo, Jadeja would have to lead from the front and bowl well in the middle overs. Pretorius’ lines aren’t quite correct, and he’ll have to play well in the supporting role if the side is to have a chance.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium boasts a batting-friendly track and a quick outfield, and many runs have been scored on it in the past. At this place, batsmen may play their strokes on the rise. Fast bowlers would have minimal help, but spinners would benefit from the sharp turn this surface occasionally provides.
On May 1, we may expect a hot and humid evening in Mumbai. The pitch will be flat, and we predict another high-scoring match in which the ball will come off the bat wonderfully. It will be a difficult venue for bowlers, and the team batting first should aim for a total of about 200 runs to feel secure on this pitch.
Probable Playing XI:
Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan/ Romario Shepherd
Ravindra Jadeja (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Mitchell Santner/ Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen – Shivam Dube, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (C)
All-Rounders – Romario Shepherd, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Dwayne Bravo, Umran Malik (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen – Robin Uthappa (C), Ambati Rayudu, Kane Williamson, MS Dhoni
All-Rounders – Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Dwayne Bravo, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan (VC)
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