IPL 2021: Sunrisers take on high flying Chennai Super Kings

IPL 2021 moves to New Delhi after segments in Chennai and Mumbai came to an end last week. The first clash in Arun Jaitley Stadium is set to take place between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. SRH wants to get back to winning ways, while Chennai is looking to make it five wins in a row.

After getting the first win of the season against Punjab Kings early in the second week of IPL 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad was brought to the ground against Delhi Capitals. They suffered defeat against Delhi in super over despite valiant effort from Kane Williamson with the bat. SRH needs to get their act together quickly to stay in the competition.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings has experienced a terrific start to IPL 2021. After suffering a big defeat in the first game, they have not looked back and clinched four wins in a row. The batting unit is starting to click together, while things are also falling in place for the bowling unit. Getting a win on Thursday will mean that Chennai does look certain to make it to the playoffs.

Chennai Super Kings have been dominating SRH in IPL. CSK has managed to defeat SRH ten times, while SRH has clinched only four wins against three-time IPL champions. CSK will be looking to maintain this record on Thursday when SRH desperately needs a victory to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.

Team News

Chennai Super Kings will be without Jason Behrendorff for this game as he is yet to join the team in outdoor training. Moeen Ali is expected to be fit for this game after missing the last game due to a sore hamstring.

Sunrisers Hyderabad is likely to be without Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Abdul Samad for this game due to injuries. Manish Pandey could come in for Virat Singh for this game after Singh failed to perform against Delhi Capitals. 

Predicted Teams

Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ndidi

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Jagadeesha Suchith, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul

Key Battle to Watch Out

Deepak Chahar had a poor game against RCB, but he remains CSK’s most potent weapon in the powerplay. Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow has been the most destructive batsman this season in the first six overs. The English batsman is not making big scores, but his strokeplay has been brilliant in the first six overs during the first five games of IPL 2021. The battle between two powerplay experts will be one to watch on Wednesday.

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