IPL 2018 will see an encounter between the top two teams of IPL 2018- CSK and SRH – on Sunday. We bring you the Weather Report, Pitch Report and Head to Head of the encounter. While the table toppers SRH are coming off a win in their last match against Delhi Daredevils, CSK had to taste defeat in their last encounter against RR in a match that went down to the wire.
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With it being almost certain that both SRH and CSK would make the Playoffs, it would be about one-upmanship in this match. One also has to bear in mind that both teams are coming off ordinary bowling performances in the last match.
While CSK’s death bowling troubles resurfaced in the last game, SRH had to bear the brunt of Rishabh Pant’s high quality knock. Even the best of their bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul bowled with an economy of 12.75 runs per over and 12.00 respectively.
The first thing that strikes for the CSK-SRH match is that it is a day game. This totally changes the dimensions of the game and brings in lot of other factors. Suddenly, chasing is not that big an advantage as it is in a night game.
The match fortunately has no chances of rain and the humidity levels will be very low. However, the players would have to face scorching heat. Especially, it would be a handful for the team fielding first.
The game will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket association Stadium, also known as the MCA stadium in Pune, which is the adopted home ground of the CSK. The Pune pitch is known to assist the spinners. Additionally, with the day game and the dry conditions, the ball is expected to grip in the wicket.
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Both sides have able spinners who can exploit these conditions. SRH have Rashid Khan and Shakib al Hasan who are experienced campaigners in T20s. Especially, Rashid would ask some tough questions of the CSK batsmen.
CSK have the option of Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma and Imran Tahir. They would ideally include two out of these three spinners in their playing XI
Head to Head
In the 7 matches that the two teams have played against each other, Chennai Super Kings have won 5 while Sunrisers Hyderabad have won just 2. However, one must not forget that during the two years that SRH have been at their best, CSK was not a part of the IPL. Hyderabad are not the same old team but they have come a long way.
Both the teams have equal chances of running away with the match, but SRH have an edge due their quality bowling line up.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL 2018:
Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui and Tanmay Agarwal
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL 2018:
MS Dhoni (Capt & WK), Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan and David Willey.