SRH vs CSK – The Indian Premier League is finally going strong in the United Arab Emirates. The fourteenth edition had initially started in India but had to be stopped forcefully owing to the rapid spread of the pandemic across the country. The second leg of the tournament finally resumed on the 19th of September in the United Arab Emirates – the same venue where the last edition was played as well.
The match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Chennai Super Kings will be the 44th match of this edition of the Indian Premier League on the 30th of September, 2021 and it will be played in Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The match is supposed to begin at 07:30 pm of Indian Standard Time. The two teams occupy different spots on the ranking stable but this will be an important match for both. Let us have a further look at the details of this match.
The Two Teams
Both the teams are known for their playing skills. The Chennai Super Kings are better placed in the rankings table than the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have won all the matches in the second part of the tournament and are placed at the first position in the points table. They have won 8 and lost 2 of the 10 matches they have played so far and have 16 points in their kitty. On the other hand, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed at the bottom-most rung of the points table. They have won 2 of the 10 matches they have played so far and lost 8. They have only 4 points so far.
The Chennai Super Kings would be aiming at sealing their place in the playoffs by winning this game. On the other hand, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who recently won against the Rajasthan Royals, will be looking to at least depart from the tournament on a winning note as they have no way to qualify for the playoffs any longer. While the Chennai Super Kings seem to be in fine form, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have also gained some confidence from their recent win against the Rajasthan Royals.
The scenario was quite different last year, when Chennai Super Kings had a disastrous run in the tournament. The Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand, had a better run in the tournament last time. The Chennai Super Kings this time have been quite confident at times, and that has been illustrated by their 20 run win over the Mumbai Indians and the two wicket win in the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
SRH vs CSK Squad News
Both the teams have brilliant players. Among the batsmen of the Chennai Super Kings, Faf du Plesis and Rituraj Gaikwad have been in brilliant form. Faf has been averaging a brilliant 49.25 in the 10 matches he has played in this edition of the tournament while Gaikwad has hit a total of 362 runs at an average of 40.22. Among the bowlers, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo have been in good form. Therefore, there seems to be healthy competition among the respective players of the team to score more runs and pick up more wickets.
On the other hand, the Sunrisers Hyderabad has seemed to find form at last. Openers Wriddhiman Saha and Jason Roy seemed to be in good form in the last match. Among the bowlers, Jason Holder and Rashid Khan have been in good shape. Khan has picked up a total of 13 wickets from 10 matches at an average of 18.32 while Holder has 6 scaps to his name from 5 matches at an average of 18.16.
SRH vs CSK Probably Playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood/Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c) Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Kane Williamson (c), Abdul Samad
There has been no official pitch report made available. However, it can generally be said that the pitch will favour the batsmen as all T20 pitches are made to do so. The two teams have faced each other for a total of 16 times. The Sunrisers Hyderabad have won a total of 4 matches while the Chennai Super Kings have won 12 times. The odds, therefore, are in favour of the Chennai Super Kings. However, it is still extremely difficult to predict anything concrete.
This will certainly be a very interesting match to watch. Both the teams shall be trying their best to win this match owing to the stakes involved in this. This presents us with a unique opportunity of watching good cricket. The fans will definitely be very excited for this match.