IPL 2019: MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will host Sunrisers Hyderabad at home. It is a big match as both the teams are well-balanced and have big match-winners in their squad. Undoubtedly, Dhoni will be the star attraction as he will be leading the defending champions in their den. The home support will be immense which will help the yellow army. CSK will be playing at home after being on the road for some time and expectations will be sky-high. CSK has slipped to the second place after Delhi beat Rajasthan to go top of the table. CSK would like to retain the top spot and they can do it with a win.
So who will be the players to watch out for:
David Warner: He has held the orange cap for the most time in the league thus far, is just a testament to the good form the southpaw is in. Warner already has become the first cricketer to breach the 500-run-mark in the 2019 IPL. He has amassed 517 runs in nine matches. He has a century to his name and averages at a whopping 73.85. He is one player who can be picked in any Dream11.
MS Dhoni: He is the superstar and is a must pick. The 37-year-old has the capability of doing the impossible as he showed it against RCB the other night when he smashed a 48-ball 84 to nearly take RCB over the line. Dhoni also brings his wicketkeeping aspect to the fore. He also brings his immense experience in guiding his troops.
Johnny Bairstow: The wicketkeeper-batsman has done well alongside David Warner at the top. Both Warner and Bairstow have managed to get SRH off to brilliant starts. Bairstow seems to be in the form of his life and he will be another player to watch out for.
Rashid Khan: He is the best spinner in the shortest format. He can change games on his own with the ball and also contributes with the bat which makes him an asset. He will be a player to watch out for and will feature in most Dream11’s across the globe in the shortest format.
Suresh Raina: He is Mr. IPL and for a reason. The southpaw has been the most consistent IPL player over the years and makes him an asset to have in any team. He bats at No 3 and can change his style of batting according to the requirement.
Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Chennai Super Kings – L, L, W, W, W
Sunrisers Hyderabad – W, W, L, L, L
Pitch: It is a pitch that traditionally helps the spinners and CSK know that well. The dew that comes in later and that makes teams prefer chasing over batting first.
Predicted XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh
Predicted XI: David Warner. Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.