After two bumpy losses away from home in the Indian Premier League 2019, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) get back home to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). This match #41 of the IPL 2019 season will be played in Chennai on Tuesday.
Chennai have seven wins this season and are top of the table, although with a reduced margin. Sunrisers have two wins in their last two games and have five wins this season. Loitering around the top-four, SRH will be wary of their record against CSK (3-9), which includes two losses at this venue.
Batting has been CSK’s problem this season. The fact that MS Dhoni (314 runs, SR 137.11) leads their batting charts underlines their struggles. Shane Watson has been struggling, while Suresh Raina has been off-colour too. The Australian all-rounder could get a break.
Chennai have won all their four home games this season and will hope to book their playoff place with a win over SRH. One advantage is the pitch at Chennai that suits their spin bowlers Imran Tahir (16 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (seven wickets).
Sunrisers have enjoyed batting success, largely due to their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They have contributed 71% of the team runs this season, and the English opener will look to sign off his season on a high.
Bowling wise, although there haven’t been any great leaders, SRH are enjoying the success of Rashid Khan (nine wickets, ER 5.61). The addition of Khaleel Ahmed (seven wickets, ER 7.08) seems to have given them a new dimension as well.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Imran Tahir enjoys bowling in Chennai and has had a great season so far. With an ER of 5.89, he’s proven to be a tough customer to push around as well. Have him in your fantasy side already!
David Warner has been super consistent this season, hitting six 50s and one century this season in nine innings. His average of 73.85 makes him a perfect pick for your fantasy side.
Rashid Khan has been difficult to put away, as he always been. With an ER of just 5.61, the Afghan leg-spinner will be crucial for SRH and your fantasy side as well.
CSK: 1 Faf du Plessis 2 Sam Billings 3 Suresh Raina 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 Kedar Jadhav 6 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Dwayne Bravo 9 Deepak Chahar 10 Harbhajan Singh 11 Imran Tahir
SRH: 1 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 2 David Warner 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 Manish Pandey 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8 Rashid Khan 9 Shahbaz Nadeem 10 Khaleel Ahmed 11 Sandeep Sharma
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