Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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MS Dhoni-led Chennai will be facing Hyderabad in the 44th match of the Indian T20 League on Thursday. While Chennai are coming on the back of three consecutive wins in the UAE leg of the ongoing tournament, Hyderabad tasted success in their previous game which was just their second win of the competition this year. It is an open secret that Kane Williamson's men would be the side who have to punch above their weight in case they want to win the game.
Chennai have almost booked a spot for themselves in the playoffs, however, they would look to win the match on Thursday and stay at the top spot. Hyderabad, on the other, will be more than happy if they manage to stop the Chennai juggernaut.
Teams’ current status in points table:
Hyderabad: 4 points from 10 matches
Chennai: 16 points from 10 matches
Hyderabad- David Warner's recent social media post has taken the internet by surprise as the player wasn't even present in the stadium during Hyderabad's game against Rajasthan. Many are taking Warner's social media comment as a hint of he leaving the team in the upcoming season.
Chennai- Three wins in three games just shows the consistency and form of the team. Dwayne Bravo was rested in the previous game to keep his fitness intact and he is likely to stay on the bench in the upcoming game as well.
Head-to-Head in Indian T20 League:
Matches Played – 15
Hyderabad – 4
Chennai – 11
Rashid Khan: Be it any pitch or any ground, an all-rounder of Rashid Khan's calibre is always in the limelight. The last game saw him conceding at an economy of 7.80 in the Indian T20 League after a long time, it will be really interesting to see how the player comes back.
Jason Roy: After warming the benches for a long time, Jason Roy finally got a chance and cashed in on it with a remarkable 50 on Hyderabad debut, most importantly the knock came in a winning cause.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: With the score of 88*, 38 and 40, Ruturaj has been Chennai's key player at the top. His class has been one to watch.
Probable Playing XI
Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood