IPL 2018: Team news as Shane Watson is set to return for Chennai Super Kings in clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sudhir Gupta 13:09 22/05/2018
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Watson will return after being given a rest. Image - IPL/Twitter.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier of the IPL at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

With a spot in the finals at stake, both teams will be eager to put their best foot forward as they seek to avoid playing another qualifier.

Luckily for both teams, there are no major injury concerns ahead of Tuesday’s clash.

For Chennai Super Kings, all-rounder Shane Watson is expected to return to the playing XI after being rested in the side’s win over Kings XI Punjab.

This means that one of Faf du Plessis and Sam Billings will miss out on Tuesday. Given Billings’ poor form since his half-century against Kolkata Knight Riders early in the season, the experienced head of Du Plessis is expected to be preferred by skipper MS Dhoni for the clash.

On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad are coming into the game on the back of three consecutive losses which has taken some shine off their otherwise blistering campaign.

In their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, skipper Kane Williamson opted to go with West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite instead of England’s Alex Hales. Though Brathwaite failed with the bat, he did manage to pick up two wickets with the ball.

In Tuesday’s crunch clash, his all-round abilities should give him the edge again over Hales with Sunrisers expected to field the same playing XI which took to the field against Kolkata.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul.

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi.

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