Not long ago, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were table-toppers in the Indian Premier League 2019 season. They have now slipped to sixth ahead of their match against leaders Chennai Super Kings (CSK). This match #33 in Hyderabad on Wednesday is building up to be an essential one for the hosts.
SRH have six points from seven games and another loss would make things tough for them in the playoff race. For the Super Kings, there is a four-point cushion at the top, but MS Dhoni’s side would be keen to continue the winning momentum.
Hyderabad have lost three matches in a row, including a 39-run loss to Delhi Capitals last time around. That match saw them collapse spectacularly and lose 8 for 15. The opening duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow has been impressive with their starts, but the middle-order has been failing time and again.
Kane Williamson returned to the side after a long layoff, depriving them of selecting Mohammad Nabi. With a crucial phase coming up, SRH may be forced to look at selecting Shakib Al Hasan to shore up their middle-order.
CSK keep churning out wins with amazing consistency and ease. They now have four wins on the run and look comfortable at the top of the points table. They have been able to find their way past tough situations, even in the absence of star players.
The absence of Dwayne Bravo has spurred Imran Tahir (13 wickets, ER 5.76) and Deepak Chahar (ten wickets, ER 6.64) to stand up. With almost all bases covered and a consistent selection policy, CSK are proving a tough side to beat.
Fantasy Players to Watch
David Warner needs 21 runs to complete 3, 000 runs for SRH in the IPL. This season he is the ‘Orange Cap’ holder with 400 runs to his credit, even though he’s played a game lesser than most of the others around him in the chart.
Suresh Raina has had a poor first half in IPL 2019 with just 136 runs in seven innings. However, an unbeaten knock of 58 in his last match brought confidence back to the southpaw’s game.
Imran Tahir has the third-best economy among the bowlers this IPL and is one of the most effective spinners of the season. A must for your fantasy side.
SRH: 1 David Warner 2 Wriddhiman Saha (WK) 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 Deepak Hooda 6 Shakib Al Hasan 7 Abhishek Sharma 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Sandeep Sharma 11 Khaleel Ahmed
CSK: 1 Shane Watson 2 Faf du Plessis 3 Suresh Raina 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 Kedar Kadhav 6 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Imran Tahir 10 Deepak Chahar 11 Shardul Thakur
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