After a six-day break, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are set to face SunRisers Hyderabad on Friday (October 2) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. This will be the first time the two teams are facing each other in the Indian Premier League.
Chennai Super Kings are at the bottom of the points table with winning only one match out of three. They have lost their last two consecutive matches because of the failure of both the bowling and batting department. To win against SRH, the team will surely make changes in their playing XI.
On that note, here we have discussed Chennai Super Kings predicted XI against SRH
1. Shane Watson:
Shane Watson, the former Australian cricketer, hasn’t had an expected start of the IPL 2020. In the season opener match against Mumbai Indians, he lost his wicket early after scoring just four runs. In the next two matches, the right-hand batsman amassed 33 and 14 respectively.
Well, Watson has always struggled to set himself at the start of the tournament. But as the game goes on, he became more attacking. So, maybe against SRH, he can amaze everyone with his big knock.
2. Faf du Plessis:
Faf du Plessis is likely to replace Murali Vijay from the opening position after the latter has failed to give a decent start to the team in the last three matches which cost them dearly. Vijay had scored 1, 21 and 10 runs respectively.
Faf du Plessis has played as an opener in the last edition for CSK. In this season, he was demoted to no.3 position because Suresh Raina had backed out of the tournament. But Murali Vijay had struggled at the top so du Plessis is expected to open with Shane Watson against SRH.
3. Ruturaj Gaikwad:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who missed the first match for CSK, has been given the place in the middle order in the playing XI against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. But he hadn’t scored runs, registering duck and five runs in that matches respectively. He might be promoted to no. 3 position to give him more balls to settle in.
Gaikwad has impressive credentials: he has scored more List A runs than anyone for India A over the last two years – 843 runs in 15 innings. Those runs have either come as an opener or at No. 3, the position Raina has mostly batted at for Super Kings.
4. Ambati Rayudu:
Rayudu was the star of Chennai’s only win of the campaign so far – which came against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the season opener. Since his absence, the team has struggled to put runs on the board, with the middle-order looking incredibly unreliable. For the SRH encounter, however, it seems that Rayudu is ready to make his return as CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan has said that the Indian cricketer is looking fit.
5. Kedar Jadhav:
MS Dhoni is using Kedar Jadhav as a pure batsman in the middle order. So far, he has given satisfactory performance, scoring 22 and 26 runs in the last two matches. But he has failed to accelerate the innings which Chennai Super Kings is lacking in the UAE. The Indian cricketer needs to be more aggressive against SRH in Dubai.
6. MS Dhoni (c & wk):
CSK captain MS Dhoni has demoted himself lower in the batting order in the last two matches but this decision has not reaped successful results. As the middle-order of CSK is struggling, Dhoni will have to up in the order to decrease the pressure.
Although the team has lost two consecutive matches, the wicketkeeper-batsman will surely bounce back stronger in the coming matches.
7. Dwayne Bravo:
Dwayne Bravo has missed all the last three matches for CSK because of injury. His absence has also affected team performance. But as he has joined the teams in the nets, he is expected to play the match against SRH.
Bravo plays a crucial role in CSK both with bat and ball. His lower-order batting has many times helped CSK to take away the game from the opposition. His addition to the team will give more depth to the team.
8. Sam Curran:
Sam Curran was included in the team as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo but he has impressed with his performance. In the last three matches, the fast bowling allrounder had picked five wickets and has scored 35 runs. Although he didn’t have amassed many runs, his innings was impactful because he had some big shots to release the pressure on the batsman. So, Chennai Super Kings would not like to drop him from the playing XI.
9. Ravindra Jadeja:
Ravindra Jadeja is a vital cog for the team both the bat and ball. But he had given below-par performances so far in the ongoing tournament. The spinner has proved expensive, leaking over 40 runs in his four overs quota in each of the last three matches while only has picked two wickets in the first match against Mumbai Indians.
Also, with the bat, although he has not got enough time to bat, he scored only 10, 1*, 12 runs. If Jadeja doesn’t find his form back, Chennai Super Kings might struggle to win this tournament.
10. Piyush Chawla:
In place of Imran Tahir, Piyush Chawla, who was bought by CSK last year, has played three matches. He has, so far, picked four wickets but has conceded too many runs in his four overs quota. The leg spinner was struggling to find accurate line and length as the batsmen didn’t allow to settle him. But he is the third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament. So, it’s just a matter of time that the experienced get used to the conditions of the UAE.
Harbhajan Singh, who has pulled out his name from the tournament, used to keep a check on the run rate. And his absence is hurting the team.
11. Deepak Chahar:
Chennai Super Kings will go with only one fast bowler in the playing XI i.e, Deepak Chahar. Although they have Lungi Nigdi and Josh Hazelwood in their squad, the youngster has given more promising performance. Chahar has snared three wickets in the last three matches.