CSK vs SRH Preview: The Sportsrush presents before you full preview of the 41st match of IPL 2019 between CSK vs SRH.
In the 41 st match of the Indian Premier League 2019, Chennai Super Kings will take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chepauk. While the Sunrisers are showing their dominant side again after a slide, the law of average seems to be catching up with the Dhoni-led team.
CSK are returning to Chennai after a long time and would want to get back to winning ways in front of their fans. SRH, on the other hand, need to keep the momentum going.
The Chennai Super Kings have lost 2 matches back to back for the first time since their return to the IPL in 2018. They have hit a bit of a slump as they have lost 2 of their 3 matches prior to this. In front of the Chennai crowd, they would look to get back the winning momentum and maintain their position at the top of the table.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have now won 2 matches on the trot and are slowly moving up the points table. They would like to get as many points as possible before their match-winners, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, both leave for national duty. SRH needs at least 3 more wins to assure a playoffs berth.
EXPECTED TEAM CHANGES
The return of Dwayne Bravo has strengthened the CSK unit. They generally do not make too many changes but might be tempted to play one more spinner on the rank turner at Chennai. In that case, Shardul Thakur might have to make way for Harbhajan Singh who has been pretty impressive in the few games that he played.
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Alternatively, they might look at bringing in Mitch Santner which would mean Shane Watson would have to be dropped. In such a scenario, Dhruv Shorey might be drafted into the CSK line-up. However, the former option looks more likely.
Sunrisers will want to win this match desperately considering Bairstow will be leaving for national duty post this match. They need to play dominant cricket and the middle-order needs to come into the party when needed. However, it seems highly unlikely that SRH would make any changes to their team after 2 emphatic victories.
PITCH AND WEATHER PREDICTION
The M A Chidambaram Stadium has played host to 4 matches in 2019 wherein the spinners have decided the fate of the match. It has been a rank turner and is expected to continue to give a lot of assistance to the spinners. Batsmen have had a very hard time here with the average score being just 125.
Chennai will witness a clear night as CSK takes on SRH. As a result, dew might come in and play an important role in the final outcome. The temperature will be around 31* C throughout the match with very little chances of rain playing spoilsport.
Considering the dew factor, both teams would want to chase. These 2 teams have been good at hunting down totals and would like to capitalise on their strength.