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IPL 2020 Preview: A Look at How CSK vs SRH Will Shape Up

Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (CSK vs SRH) is going to be a contest between teams at the wrong end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) table. Who would have thought that after the initial period of the tournament, we’ll have the most consistent team in the IPL, Chennai Super Kings at rock bottom coming into the CSK vs SRH match? Both teams would realise the value of this win to get their seasons up and running.

CSK vs SRH will mark the fourteenth match of the 2020 IPL and will be played in Dubai. This southern rivalry has been dominated by the Super Kings in the past few years. CSK have managed to win nine matches as compared to three by the Sunrisers in this fixture. The past five matches have also gone in the favour of the three-time champions, Chennai Super Kings.

Dubai so far seems to be the most balanced venue for both batsmen and bowlers, giving everyone an equal chance of success. Catching in Dubai has seemed a tad harder than the other grounds. The reason why more catches are dropped in Dubai than the other grounds. So far, 15% of the catches on offer have been dropped at this venue; this might have to do something with the floodlights in the ground.

 

KEY BATTLES

Faf du Plessis vs Kane Williamson

The battle of the overseas middle-order batsmen can prove to be the turning point in this match. Both these players look in good touch coming into this match.

Faf has been CSK’s best batsman in the tournament so far. He has looked like the only batsman who isn’t rusty and has played some big innings already for the Super Kings. With 173 runs in three innings, he is third on the Orange Cap list and will be a genuine contender at the end of the tournament. Murali Vijay has been horrendously out of form in the IPL and there’s a case for him to be promoted up the order and even open the innings along with Shane Watson.

SRH’s middle order (4-7) was the worst in IPL 2019, their average of 38.47 was the lowest and only CSK had a lower strike rate. The problem continued in IPL 2020, where their middle order failed to deliver in the first two matches. Kane Williamson seems like the messiah for the Sunrisers. Against the Delhi Capitals, Williamson slotted in at number four and scored 41 off 26 balls which helped SRH post 162 for 4 which is their highest score in IPL 2020.

Williamson’s strike rate against DC 157.69 was the best by any Hyderabad player. Williamson has a good record vs CSK averaging 47 overall, from IPL 2018 Williamson has scored 209 runs in five innings at an average of 41.8.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Abdul Samad

We saw glimpses of what this youngster hailing from the state of Jammu and Kashmir is capable of doing in SRH’s previous match against the Delhi Capitals. Abdul Samad can hit some massive sixes with the bat and can roll his arm over for some handy leg-spin as well.

If he gets an opportunity to play a few balls in the middle then a few could disappear very quickly.

 

Shane Watson

If CSK are looking to reach the playoffs for yet another season then they need Shane Watson to start firing as soon as possible. Shane Watson has normally been a slow starter in the IPL but now it’s time for him to step up.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Expect Chennai Super Kings to make a couple of changes to their lineup coming into this encounter. Ambati Rayudu and their best all-rounder Dwayne Bravo have been declared fit for CSK vs SRH. While Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to continue to build the momentum they found in their previous game by naming an unchanged line-up.

CSK: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (WK) (C), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood

SRH: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed

 

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