Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings will face each other in the 46th match of IPL 2022.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is currently placed at the fourth position on the points table of this season.
Chennai Super Kings is currently at the ninth spot.
SRH played eight matches where they won five matches. It was SRH’s first loss after winning five matches on the trot.
CSK won just two of their eight matches.
The Hyderabad side played their last game against Gujarat Titans and lost by 5 wickets.
Abhishek Sharma and Aiden Markram smashed 65 runs and 56 runs respectively for Sunrisers Hyderabad in that game.
On the other hand, CSK lost the game by 11 runs against Punjab Kings.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu hit 30 runs and 78 runs respectively in the game.
CSK need to win all their remaining games to give themselves a chance of making it to the playoffs.
Hence a win against SRH is critical if they are to stay in the tournament.
The match will be held at Pune’s MCA stadium.
The track at the MCA Stadium Pune helps batters initially but also assists spinners as the game progresses.
The chasing team has an advantage on the wickets at MCA Stadium in Pune. The win percentage of teams batting second is 62% on this ground.
The boundary size is approximately 83-84 meters.
Average 1st innings score
The average first innings score on this wicket is 165 runs.
For SRH, Washington Sundar recovered from his injury and made a return against Gujarat Titans. He replaced Jagadeesha Suchith in the line-up.
CSK didn’t make any changes to their line-up for the last match. They could go in with the same team once again.
Chennai Super Kings Likely 11
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
Sunrisers Hyderabad Likely 11
Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Key players for SRH
Abhishek Sharma is the current leading run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He has made 285 runs in 8 matches at a strike rate of 131 including 2 half-centuries.
Aiden Markram has scored 2 half-centuries in his last 3 innings for SRH.
He has made 246 runs in 8 matches at an average of 123 and a strike rate of 149.
Markram has scored 3 half-centuries and emerged as a vital cog in the middle-order.
Umran Malik is bowling brilliantly and picked up the first fifer of his T20 career against Gujarat.
He has picked 15 wickets in 8 matches at an economy of 7.96.
Key players for CSK
Ambati Rayudu has scored 246 runs in 8 matches at an average of 35.14 and a strike rate of 129.
In the last game against Punjab Kings, he made 78 runs off just 39 deliveries and is in great form.
Ravindra Jadeja has decided to step down from captaincy. This could help him perform freely without pressure.
Jadeja has made 112 runs in 8 matches and has taken 5 wickets at an economy of 8.19, so far.
Who will win
Dhoni’s takeover of the captaincy has the potential to energise CSK.
Jadeja will also play with complete freedom and this could be a game-changer.
CSK has the ideal blend of experience and youth and can upset any team on their day.
Hence, our prediction is that CSK will win.