IPL 2019, Wednesday, 8 PM: SRH Desperate for a Win Against CSK
Sunrisers Hyderabad will face an uphill task when they take on Chennai Super Kings
Sunrisers Hyderabad will face an uphill task when they take on Chennai Super Kings(Photo Courtesy: BCCI)

IPL 2019, Wednesday, 8 PM: SRH Desperate for a Win Against CSK

Chennai Super Kings will take on a desperate Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Having missed the World Cup bus, Ambati Rayudu will be aiming to make a statement. The World Cup snub to Rayudu is the sole disappointment in an otherwise superb tournament so far for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men as they are just a win away from clinching the play-off berth.

The Hyderabad right-hander had found some form with a half-century against Rajasthan Royals and the flamboyant batsman, who was seen as a sure-shot No 4 in the national team, may just channelise the disappointment against a faltering Sunrisers.

While CSK sits on top of the table with 14 points from eight games, Sunrisers' have suddenly gone off the boil with a hat-trick of defeats, including an inexplicable batting collapse against Delhi Capitals in their last game.

What has been CSK's strength despite an ageing team has exactly been Sunrisers' bane in the matches that they have played so far.

While CSK have had plans A, B and C for various situations, Sunrisers have failed miserably whenever their opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner have failed to perform.
The basic problem has been the middle-order where Manish Pandey (54 in six games), Deepak Hooda (47 in six games) and Yusuf Pathan (32 in six games) have been miserable.
The basic problem has been the middle-order where Manish Pandey (54 in six games), Deepak Hooda (47 in six games) and Yusuf Pathan (32 in six games) have been miserable.
(Photo: BCCI)

Barring Warner's 400 runs and Bairstow's 304 runs, the next best is World Cup bound Vijay Shankar's 132 runs.

The basic problem has been the middle-order where Manish Pandey (54 in six games), Deepak Hooda (47 in six games) and Yusuf Pathan (32 in six games) have been miserable.

In fact, Pathan has been surviving on past reputation for years now has not played a match-winning knock for a while now.

On the other hand, Dhoni has played various combinations depending on surfaces and more often than not, his teammates have responded pretty well.

Whether it was Harbhajan Singh on a very slow Chepauk track or the restrictive Mitchell Santner in away games, most of Dhoni's strategies have paid off brilliantly.

Imran Tahir has so far taken 13 wickets in the tournament and as been a revelation for CSK
Imran Tahir has so far taken 13 wickets in the tournament and as been a revelation for CSK
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The man who has been a revelation for CSK this season is 40-year-old Imran Tahir with 13 wickets. The South African import has executed his skipper’s plans brilliantly.

For Sunrisers to remain relevant in this edition, they need to stop the CSK juggernaut which is easier said than done.

Squads

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

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn.

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