Working as a well-oiled unit, Chennai Super Kings will start out as overwhelming favorites when faced with troubled Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier LeagueIPL) match, here on Wednesday.
The MS DhoniCSK -led returned with style after losing the opening match. They are in a tournament with four consecutive victories and will hope that the new place – Feroze Shah Kotla – will also benefit them.
The three-time champions had an astonishing 2020 season, but the team, full of experienced players, is now showing the efficiency with which it is known.
Good at everything Ravindra Jadea is the driving force behind CSK’s impressive performance so far.
His bubble attack against Harshal Patel in the final interrupted RCB on Sunday. He was among the wickets with his precise turn of his left hand, in addition to making stunning dodges.
CSK’s killers are aware of the threat from Rashid Khan, but the rest of SRH’s attack doesn’t inspire much confidence.
Their biggest weakness is the fragile beating order and the over-reliance on the highest order.
The inability of the Indian midfield team to strengthen more often costs SRH and the think tank must get the right combination if they have to get out of the last place in the table of points they currently occupy.
Warner has to get out of his bad run and for that he has to negotiate for CSK move Deepak Chahar, who has an impressive ability to attack in advance.
In addition to Chahar, spin the versatile Jadea and Veteran Imran Tahir together with Sam Quran form a strong bowling unit CSK.
SRH will need one from Warner, Bairstow and Williamson to get big and hope that the middle line can make a significant contribution to thwarting CSK.
Bowling in Hyderabad is unequal to experienced Bhuvneshwar kumar the lack of consistency while the absence of Yorker specialist T Natarajan due to injury is a huge blow.
A difficult task for SRH is to revive its condition with the limited resources at its disposal.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Doni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi,, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeya, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Kuran, R Sai Kishore, Mouen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Johnny Beirstow (week), Manish Pandi, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (week), Reception Garg, Vijay ShankarAbhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandip Sharma, Haleil Ahmed, Siddhartha Kaul, Basil Tampi, Jagadesha Suhit, Kedar jadhav, Mujib-ur-Rahman.
The match starts at 19.30.