Chennai Super Kings on their winning path are just one victory will square off against Sunrisers Hyderabad in today’s fixer.
It is imperative for SRH that Kane Williamson manages to have a good outing once again after his fifty against RR. He averages over 46 against CSK and SRH would want their skipper to lead from the front especially with an inexperienced trio of Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad to follow in the middle order.
Deepak Chahar has gone wicketless in the powerplay in five out of his last six games in the IPL. Perhaps, there is no better opportunity than this to break that duck against Jason Roy and Wriddhiman Saha at a venue that's been the best for fast bowlers in the UAE leg so far. MS Dhoni does have a strike rate less than 100 against Rashid Khan so the CSK skipper will have to find a way to rotate the strike frequently if those two face off.
Pitch Report: Unfortunately for the fans, sixes haven't been raining in Sharjah like anticipated earlier. In what's been a total contrast to the last season, Sharjah has produced some slow wickets and both teams will have to make good use of the powerplay.
Predicted Playing XI:
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma