Just a week after Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets, the two teams meet again in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday, this time at the home ground of the defending champions.
That win helped Sunrisers arrest their alarming slide of three defeats on the trot to reaffirm their play-off credentials. It also was the first victory for Hyderabad over Chennai in five meetings.
WARNER, BAIRSTOW KEY TO SRH’S RESURGENCE
Since beating Chennai at Hyderabad, Sunrisers have gone on to add another win to their tally following a nine-wicket demolition of Kolkata Knight Riders. Both wins were based on the solid foundation provided by openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow who have been the most formidable opening partnership in the 2019 IPL campaign by some distance.
The two batsmen have already added a staggering 786 runs between them in nine outings so far this year with their partnership being the cornerstone of several Hyderabad wins. Warner has been nothing short of sensational on his IPL return with the Aussie left-hander registering one ton and six half-centuries in his nine innings while Bairstow hasn’t been too far behind with a century and two fifties to his name already.
Hyderabad already have one of the best bowling units in the IPL at their disposal but they become even a more difficult side to beat when their openers get going.
CSK LOSING THEIR MOJO
While Hyderabad have added one more win to their kitty since beating Chennai, MS Dhoni’s men have faced another setback in the form of a one-run loss to bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK looked down and out in the clash before Dhoni’s unbeaten 48-ball 84 nearly took them across the finish line before eventually suffering a heartbreak off the final delivery of the match.
That loss, coupled with the one against Hyderabad, has taken some sheen of Chennai’s impressive run in the first-half of the campaign where they had emerged as the runaway leaders. Dhoni’s men still remain top of the pile despite the back-to-back defeats but the likes of Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are now hot on their heels.
Momentum before the play-off battle eventually arrives will be crucial for all teams and CSK will want to get their campaign back on track as soon as possible. The loss against Bangalore completed a long stretch on the road for Dhoni and his men and they will enjoy playing at home.
Chennai are still sweating over the fitness of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who has now missed the side’s four most recent outings due to a stiff neck.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed
It is the week that some international names start to the leave IPL 2019, which means selections become tricky.
Round six of the fantasy league which is run by Dream 11, official partners of IPL, is upon us and and we are here to help you make the right calls. With just five trades allowed for this round, here are our top tips.
TOP TIP FOR ROUND 6
Avoid top Englishmen and Delhi
England’s World Cup players are to leave the tournament before April 25, which means star names like Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes won’t be available while Jos Buttler has already left.
Jofra Archer and Sam Curran should be available for fantasy selection so choose wisely. Also, Sunrisers Hyderabad play three games this round while Delhi Capitals play just the one. So yes to David Warner and think twice about Rishabh Pant or Kagiso Rabada.
David Warner (11 cr)
The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener is going at a million miles at the moment, failing to score a fifty just twice in nine innings. The southpaw is guaranteed to pile on more runs before he joins the Australian team at the end of the month.
Chris Gayle (10 cr)
The Caribbean icon has breezed to 421 runs from just nine innings with four fifties under his belt. The Kings XI Punjab batsman has turned back the clock in grand style and should be a safe choice. The sixes will continue to flow as long as he is there.
Virat Kohli (11.5 cr)
Desperate times for RCB mean skipper Kohli has cranked it up to 11. Bangalore can’t afford a single slip-up now, which means Kohli should get runs on board through sheer determination. Has been just below his best but still has a ton and two fifties so far.
Dale Steyn (8 cr)
The Royal Challengers have found a lethal weapon in their old acquisition. The South African veteran has picked up four wickets in two matches and looks good for many more given the nature of wickets this season.
Rashid Khan (9.5 cr)
With no word yet as to when Afghanistan players need to leave the IPL for World Cup preparations, chances are Rashid will play the three games for SRH. He only has nine wickets from nine games but that’s because batsmen are just playing him off. The wickets should come soon.
Imran Tahir (7.5 cr)
The Chennai leg-spinner is a must have in all teams and more so this round as the Super Kings are playing both their matches at home. He already has 16 scalps from 10 matches and should end up with loads more.
Andre Russell (10 cr)
The Knight Riders all-rounder has hurt his wrist and has been in pain every time he has gone out to bat. But Russell continues to muscle those sixes out of the park. If he manages to preserve his wrist, fielders better get ready to retrieve the ball from the stands.
Ravindra Jadeja (8 cr)
A quiet performer this season for Chennai. Should relish the spinning conditions at the Chepauk. Hasn’t had many chances to bat but provides extra points for his stupendous fielding.
MS Dhoni (9.5 cr)
The Chennai superstar almost pulled off an incredible win against RCB by hitting 84 off 48. Should get a shot at more dismissals keeping on a spinning Chennai pitch. His back is a concern but that has been the case for many seasons.
KL Rahul (10.5 cr)
The Kings XI opener has risen to the top tier of batsmen this IPL with a shade under 400 runs from 10 matches. Back with the keeper’s gloves so should get a chance to get a few dismissals under his belt.
Captain: David Warner
Vice-captain: KL Rahul
Having gained victory over Mumbai Indians at the same venue after instating Steve Smith as skipper instead of Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan find themselves in seventh spot in the table with six points from nine clashes so far.
Delhi, on the other hand, are flying high in third spot following their win over Kings XI Punjab in their last encounter.
Will Rajasthan manage to keep their slim play-off ambitions alive or will the young Delhi side add another scalp to their name? Follow the ball-by-ball action from Jaipur below to find out.