Ravi Ashwin and his KXIP side have tasted three defeats in four outings coming into the clash and find themselves at fifth spot in the league table.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, are fresh from a win over Mumbai Indians and are searching for their third victory of the 2019 campaign.
Will KXIP get back to winnings ways or will the Royals make it two away victories in a row? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Mohali below.
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David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad (11 credits)
While Sunrisers have struggled of late with three consecutive defeats, Warner’s form has remained immune. The Australian opener has more than done his part for the side only to be let down by a shambolic middle-order.
Warner’s last two outings have both yielded fifties which has now taken his tournament tally to four half-centuries. Add in his superb ton against RCB and it is no surprise to see the southpaw pull away at the top of the run-scoring charts for IPL 2019 while leaving the others in his wake.
With a batting average of 80 and a strike-rate of over 140, Warner is the clear-cut choice for the batsman’s slot and should be expected to continue his rich vein of form.
Imran Tahir – Chennai Super Kings (9 credits)
While Warner is topping the batting charts so far, Tahir is giving Kagiso Rabada a close run for his money for the ‘Purple Cap’ (most wickets).
The veteran leg-spinner has been the pick of CSK’s bowlers this season and has answered skipper MS Dhoni’s call whenever the situation has demanded.
The Proteas leggie has already claimed 13 wickets in eight appearances while maintaining an excellent economy-rate of less than six runs an over.
Tahir is fresh from his four-wicket haul against KKR at Eden Gardens and will relish the prospect of adding to his tally on a similar kind of surface at Hyderabad.
Ravindra Jadeja – Chennai Super Kings (8.5 credits)
With spin set to play a major part at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Jadeja gets the nod for the all-rounder’s slot.
The CSK star has looked solid with the ball and in the field and has been his usual busy self. His left-arm spin has already fetched him seven wickets and his economy-rate is not bad either at only 6.46.
In Chennai’s most recent encounter against KKR, Jadeja chipped in with a crucial unbeaten cameo of 31 runs with the bat as well. The left-hander will be riding high on confidence after making the cut for India’s 2019 World Cup squad and he should be among the points once again on Wednesday based on his current form.
Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad (9.5 credits)
This was a close call between Bairstow and Dhoni but it is the former who gets the nod due to the advantage of playing in home conditions.
The England wicketkeeper batsman has been excellent alongside Warner in the opening role for Hyderabad in his maiden IPL campaign. Bairstow’s 304 runs so far have come at an average of approximately 43 along with a strike-rate of over 156.
The explosive opener had a mini slump of two matches but he looked close to matching his early-season form in the most recent clash against Delhi Capitals.
Expect Bairstow to cash in again with the bat along with his fair share of points behind the stumps as well.
CAPTAIN – Imran Tahir
VICE CAPTAIN – Jonny Bairstow
But while defending champions CSK are looking like the team to beat once again after registering seven wins from eight games, Sunrisers find themselves struggling at the bottom half of the table instead following a spate of recent setbacks.
Hyderabad were flying in the early stages of the competition after opening the campaign with a narrow loss to Kolkata Knight Riders. Last season’s runners-up followed that loss up with three straight wins to assert their credentials once again but that streak now seems like a distant memory after three losses in a row.
BATTING COLLAPSES PLAGUE SRH
The latest of Hyderabad’s loss came against Delhi Capitals where they collapsed dramatically from 101-2 to be bowled out for 116 ultimately in chase of 156.
It was not the first batting collapse at home this season for SRH who suffered a similar fate against Mumbai Indians where Alzarri Joseph’s 6-12 saw them being bundled out for just 96 runs while attempting to chase a modest total of 137.
Hyderabad’s batting vulnerability is all the more shocking considering they have the most formidable opening pairing of all eight teams. The Australia-England combination of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow has so far contributed 704 runs in total but a shaky middle-order has seen the side struggle recently despite the openers’ dominance.
To arrest their batting woes, Hyderabad reinstated skipper Kane Williamson into the playing XI for the clash against Delhi with Mohammad Nabi dropping to the bench.
The Afghan all-rounder had been nothing short of exceptional for the franchise in his four appearances previously which had seen him claim seven wickets while maintaining an astounding economy-rate of just 5.49.
It was hard to justify Nabi’s exclusion and Williamson did himself no favours with a scratchy eight-ball innings which yielded just three runs. The Kiwi top-order batsman will likely keep his place given the batting shortcomings of Hyderabad but he will need to replicate his 2018 displays with the bat soon while Nabi continues to sit out.
CSK ON A ROLL
While SRH are struggling to hit the same heights as last season, Chennai are having no such troubles with MS Dhoni and his men running away at the top of the table.
The three-time champions have only been beaten by Mumbai Indians this campaign and come into the clash on the back of a four-game winning run which includes two victories over the formidable Kolkata Knight Riders.
The clash against Hyderabad will be the third straight match on the road for CSK with another away clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore to follow.
The defending champions hold the upper hand over SRH when it comes to recent meetings with Dhoni’s men emerging on top in each of the four encounters between the two sides in the 2018 edition, including the final.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo continues to be sidelined for CSK after picking up a hamstring injury and as such, New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner should continue to keep his place in the playing XI.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh.