The Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings will compete in Qualifier 1 – the first of the playoff matches of VIVO IPL 2018. SRH finished the regular league season at the top of the table, while CSK occupied second place; both teams finished with 9 wins each – net run rate decided their position in the table.
SRH were the first team to secure a playoff berth; however, Kane Williamson and co. have gone off the boil in their last few games. In a format where momentum is a huge factor, SRH are entering this crucial phase of the competition on the back of three consecutive defeats. The SRH camp while upbeat about making the playoffs, must be silently worried about the performance of their bowlers. In their last four matches, SRH have conceded totals of 187, 180, 218 and 173 – an overall economy rate of 9.64, which is in stark contrast to their economy rate of 7.24 from earlier in the competition.
In the first half of the season, CSK clinched thrillers; they won with one wicket to spare, with one or two balls remaining and by 4 runs. However, as they’ve rolled on, CSK have operated like a fine-tuned engine – with all parts playing their role efficiently, as a result often dominating opponents. They have an in-form batting line-up and have bowlers for specific roles and conditions. In their most-recent outing, CSK defeated Kings XI Punjab in the final league match of the season. On a green surface in Pune, Lungi Ngidi landed two deadly blows to derail KXIP right at the start, thereafter finishing with exceptional figures of 4-1-10-4. MS Dhoni’s tactical masterstroke (of promoting Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar to 4 & 5 respectively) and Suresh Raina’s mature innings were the highlights of a successful run-chase.
Both teams experimented with their XIs in the previous match, but one expects they will return to their first-choice XI for this match. Alex Hales should return to the SRH XI, while Shane Watson should be back in CSK’s XI.
The Chennai Super Kings will believe they have the psychological edge over their opponents heading into this match, for they’ve already defeated the Sunrisers twice this season. Will CSK make it three out of three, or will Sunrisers be able to put the brakes on their losing streak and sail through to the Final?
When: May 22, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The wicket at the Wankhede offers help for both the pacers and spinners. Close proximity to the Arabian sea helps the swing bowlers considerably, especially during early hours of the day. However, spinners have been known to benefit during the last couple of days of a Test match as the pitch turns into a vicious turner. Although the new ball does a bit in limited-overs cricket, the pitch tends to ease out and favour batsmen as the innings progresses. The venue provides great entertainment when it comes to T20 cricket.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||33|
|Matches won bowling first||31|
|Average 1st Inns scores||165|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||152|
|Highest total recorded||235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI|
|Lowest total recorded||67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI|
|Highest score chased||195/3 (20 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Lowest score defended||135/6 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||8|
|Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad||2|
|Won by Chennai Super Kings||6|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: L L L W W
Chennai Super Kings : W L W L W
Alex Hales can come in place of Carlos Brathwaite
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson will replace Faf du Plessis
Sunrisers Hyderabad : Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Alex Hales, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Chennai Super Kings : MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, David Willey
Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite/Alex Hales, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Shakib Al Hasan
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- CSK are the only side to have beaten the others at least once this season.
- In the playoffs, Raina has made eight 30-plus scores, seven of which have been converted into a half-century. His 636 runs in 19 matches are the most in the playoffs.
- Lungi Ngidi has quickly established himself as a useful death bowler. He’s conceded at an economy of just seven in the six overs he’s bowled at this stage. The other CSK bowlers have gone at 11.40.
- Harbhajan Singh is one short of 50 IPL wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. Only Lasith Malinga, his former Mumbai Indians team-mate, has more (58).
- CSK’s top three have negated the Rashid Khan threat brilliantly. Rayudu (38 runs off 25 balls) and Watson (14 off 10 balls) have gone after him in the Powerplays. Suresh Raina has been out once, but Rashid’s 15 deliveries have fetched 27.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson, Ambati Rayudu, Alex Hales
If you want to take rish for grand league go with Lungi Ngidi & Bhuvneshwar Kumar