CSK are all set to face SRH in what could be their last shot at reaching the IPL 2020 playoffs. SRH haven’t been at their best as well. The first encounter between these two sides in IPL 2020 saw Priyam Garg smash his maiden IPL fifty although it was overshadowed by Rashid Khan’s magical spell of bowling in the middle overs.However, CSK would be wary of the Afghan wizard this time around with the duo of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni itching to overturn their team’s fortunes with a win on Tuesday. Both sides look evenly matched on paper although one might fancy a CSK win, especially given the balance of their side. With two valuable points on offer, another cracking encounter beckons in Dubai
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
October 13th 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
What To Expect:
The pitch at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium has slowed down a bit with batsmen having to work hard for their runs. There is enough help on offer for the bowlers with movement off the surface keeping the batsmen on their toes.The pacers have enjoyed extra bounce and swing early on with the spinners ruling the roost in the middle overs. The dimensions of the ground also work in their favour with the batsmen having to rely on strike rotation, more often than not. Batsmen have looked to bide their time in the middle before launching an attack. Wickets in hand will be crucial to both sides’ fortunes with the pitch slowing down as the game progresses. Although dew could play a part in this game, both teams would ideally want to bat first on winning the toss. Either way, 170-175 should be a competitive score at this venue with both teams doing well with the ball in IPL 2020 lately.
Chennai Super Kings:
While the likes of Faf du Plessis and Sam Curran have shown glimpses of brilliance with bat and ball respectively, CSK are yet to fire as a unit, which has been their undoing on a couple of occasions. Another cause for concern is their misfiring middle-order with MS Dhoni blowing hot and cold in IPL 2020. However, the Super Kings, with their backs up against the wall, should go all out for the win with time running out for them.
CSK Predicted Playing XI:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C&WK), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur
SRH haven’t kicked on and their chances were heavily jolted when Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered a season-ending injury. In his absence, Rashid Khan has led the bowling attack superbly and the Afghan would hope that his most recent outing against RR only remains an anomaly. Their batting unit has enjoyed some success with David Warner and Jonny Bairstow delivering the goods consistently. They will need the likes of Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma to step up in the middle order with this being a crucial game for both sides. They would be tempted to play Basil Thampi given the fact that he’s been a decent death bowler for them in the past
SRH Predicted Playing XI:
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed and Basil Thampi