Date & Time : Tuesday, April 23, 20:00 IST
Venue : MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
Considering Shardul Thakur’s recent performances (economy – 9.24 and average – 38.50) and the pitch at MA Chidambaram Stadium, CSK might include Harbhajan Singh in place of him. The signs were very clear in the last match, as Dhoni wanted to try Deepak Chahar in the 19th over, which usually doesn’t happen when Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo are playing. SRH is on a winning momentum and ideally, there won’t be any changes to their team.
Chennai Super Kings looks to be the only side who can bat first at MA Chidambaram stadium and post a good score on board. Their 2 scores while batting first at this venue are 160 and 175 meanwhile RCB and KKR posted scores of 70 and 108 respectively while batting first here. There was a slight drizzle last night here and so we are not sure if dew will dictate terms today.
Picking David Warner is a no-brainer. He is the current Orange Cap holder with 517 runs from 9 matches at an average of 73.86. Coming into this game, he has scored 4 consecutive 50+ runs and has developed a strong partnership with Jonny Bairstow. He averages 37.11 in 10 matches playing at MA Chidambaram Stadium and has wonderful record against CSK pace bowlers
The vintage MS Dhoni was well and truly back! He has been smashing it to all parts of the ground ever since he returned in Yellow jersey. The SunRisers Hyderabad is his favorite IPL team to bat against as he averages a staggering 65.43 in 15 matches and has a strike rate of 162. However, his strike rate comes down to 63.64 against Rashid Khan in IPL.
Rashid Khan is the safest bet among SRH bowlers. He has bowled his full quota of overs in all matches this season and has gone wicketless in only one game so far. Also, he has not once conceded above 30 runs in a game. He has got the wickets of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav in recent times and has got Dwayne Bravo out 3 times.
The champion cricketer is back against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and how! He got the wickets of top 2 run scorers of opposition (P Patel and M Ali) at crucial times to give his side the much needed momentum. He is expected to bowl in death overs and pick up some more wickets today.