Date: 28 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
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It is time to gear up for match number 23 of the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings will be up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday at a new venue in the competition, the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. While the Kings are currently at the top of the points ladder, having won four matches out of their five and coming on the back of a convincing win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, things haven't gone as per the script for the Hyderabad franchise who have tasted just one win in their five matches. Even in their last match, Hyderabad came close to a win and forced the match into a Super Over but ended up on the losing side.
If Chennai win this game, they would well and truly be a strong and almost a definite contender for a place in the top four but if Hyderabad go on to win this match, they would take a lot of confidence from beating a side in the top half of the table and that might even start as a beginning of a weak streak for the Orange Army. The clash is what IPL is all about where even a team at the bottom of the table, looking dead and buried, can defeat a mighty strong Chennai Super Kings at any given day. All eyes would be on the wicket too as Delhi hosts its first match of the 2021 season.
Chennai Super Kings:
Moeen Ali was deemed unfit for the last match and if he is able to regain fitness for this match, he should be able to find a place in the team. Other than that, Imran Tahir got a game in place of Lungi Ngidi in their last match but his selection would depend upon the surface on offer for this match. A hint of something for the pacers might force MS Dhoni to go back to either Dwayne Bravo or Lungi Ngidi.
Don't see Sunrisers Hyderabad making too many changes at this stage except roping in Bhuvneshwar Kumar if he is match fit. The team looked much better with Kane Williamson in the side and maybe can bring back Manish Pandey in the side to add a bit of experience in the middle order. Other than that, they just need more commitment from their inexperienced middle order.
Matches played: 14
Chennai Super Kings: 10
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 4
The young CSK opener has had a few handy innings under his belt but would now look to convert that start and bat deeper into the innings. At a new surface, Gaikwad would be tested for sure but given the temperament he has shown so far, he looks a bright prospect for the Chennai side. Expecting the right-handed batsman to be the decisive factor in this match, a wicket which SRH might want dearly and a batsman who can surely make them pay.
Irrespective of the surface, Rashid Khan is certain of his place in the Playing XI. Given his class and experience of playing T20 cricket around the world, Rashid can make an impact even on a wicket good for stroke makers. He could be the key against CSK batting comprising of the likes of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni. Rashid is another Player to watch out for in this game.
Sam Curran is another all-rounder who is getting better and better and one for the future as far as Chennai are concerned. Not only has he found himself amidst wickets bowling within the powerplay but he is even capable of scoring a few useful runs down the order. Who knows skipper Dhoni might just promote him as a pinch hitter if the situation demands and given the form of Ravindra Jadeja, there seems enough depth in their batting already, giving the captain the luxury of experimenting.
Probable Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo/Lungi Ngidi/Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul