IPL 2021: CSK vs SRH – Feroz Shah Kotla will host the 23rd match of IPL 2021 between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. The game starts at 7:30 pm IST. No fans will be allowed inside the stadium due to restrictions imposed by the government to curb the increasing spread of the Covid-19 virus. Hence the match will be played behind closed doors.
CSK vs SRH – Match Preview
Feroz Shah Kotla, the second oldest cricket ground in India, has been renamed to Arun Jaitley Stadium. The Feroz Shah Kotla has a batsman friendly pitch with an opportunity for the pacers to have a bit of swing in the deliveries. The green patches on the pitch becomes a vantage point for swing bowlers to get some wind behind their ball and also provides great bounce at times. The CSK bowlers Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran will look forward to making the most out of it.
Royal Challengers Bangalore get back to the top of the table with a win against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Followed by Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians. A win against Sunrisers will take Chennai to the top again and with the massive run-rate that they have had throughout the competition will provide an extra edge to them.
Chennai Super Kings News
MS Dhoni and his boys have made a brisk start in this years’ IPL after a series of insubstantial performances in the previous season. Their rejuvenated squad looks much as dangerous as they should be. A total of 4 wins out of 5 matches and a sky-rocketing net run-rate of 1.612 has put them on the highest shelf of this years’ IPL.
Chennai Super Kings emerged as the more valiant among the most as they quite effortlessly managed to put a halt to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s unending run of wins. CSK’s risky decision to bat first after winning the toss did not seem to go in their favour. With the slow run rate they maintained, a target of 160 was the only total that seemed imaginable.
In 17.4 overs CSK were at 142 with 4 wickets down.
The Bangalore bowlers enjoyed their dot balls and dismissals, until Ravindra Jadeja dawned on the pitch. The talisman in the yellow outfit turned the game around in split seconds with his stadium erupting boundaries. He managed to perform the unimaginable and took CSK’s score to a total of 191 runs. Harshal Patel, the purple cap holder of this season’s IPL, conceded 37 runs in the last over.
Chennai proved their might and potency they possess in the death overs when it comes to facing big teams in tough situations.
Predicted Eleven: Sam Curran(Overseas), Faf du Plessis(Overseas), Imran Tahir(Overseas) Suresh Raina, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali(Overseas), Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur,.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s efforts to brace themselves with a win this season has been some sort of an exhausting turmoil for them. They sit at the very bottom of the table, which is a very unusual sight to see, given the fact that they have been title contenders in almost every season of IPL.
Hyderabad fought bravely against Rishab Pant’s Delhi Capitals but the inevitable loss followed them. An achievable target of 160 for the men in orange seemed to come after a lot of taxing efforts. Their opening order failed to perform yet again. David Warner’s dry run of matches seem to continue and has contributed heavily to the defeats they suffer. It was ultimately Kane Williamson who took over and his 66 in 51 balls along with Suchith’s staggering boundaries in the death overs helped SRH to draw the match.
The match hurried into a super-over seemed like more of a victory for SRH than actually winning it. Axar Patel restricted the two big hitters, Warner and Williamson, to 7 runs only, an easy win for Delhi Capitals.
Predicted Eleven: Jonny Bairstow (WK)(Overseas), Rashid Khan(Overseas), Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Vijay Shankar, J Suchith, Kane Williamson(Overseas), Khaleel Ahmed, David Warner (C)(Overseas), Kedar Jadhav.
CSK vs SRH – Key Stats
Chennai leads the fixture by miles with 10 wins in 14 matches going head to head against SRH.
Feroz Shah Kotla records an average of 169 runs in 20-over matches played here. A typically low scoring ground.
In IPL 2020 both teams had to settle for a win each, the two times they faced each other. Although this year Chennai stand clear favourites to win this fixture, SRH possess the capability to actually surprise everyone with a win against them.
Sunrisers will need that extra bit of luck to pull off another spectacular if they want to beat the mighty yellow army.