CSK vs SRH: Can Sunrisers clinch hat-trick in Bairstow’s final game?

After three losses in a row, last season’s runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad last week won both their matches to move back into the top four of the IPL 2019 points table.

In this same time, defending champions Chennai Super Kings lost both their games but remain No 1 in the league with 14 points.

Match 41 of IPL 12 pits the two teams against each other on Tuesday, for the second time in five days.

So much of SRH’s success has been based on the performances of their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, who have recorded all three of this season’s best totals in the Powerplay overs. The last time these two teams met was last week, when Rashid Khan helped quell CSK’s batsmen before Warner and Bairstow put on a blazing opening stand to end their team’s losing streak.

This will be the last match for Bairstow, who will return to England after this match. What chances of a fitting farewell?

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CSK are back home after two games on the road, and will be confident of getting back to winning ways. A win over SRH will give them 16 points and seal their place in the IPL playoffs.

The issue for CSK is getting support for MS Dhoni, who nearly pulled off victory over RCB on Sunday.

What: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

When: April 23, 2019 (Tuesday)

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Time: 8:00pm (IST)

Weather: Mainly clear with a low of 28 degrees

Team News

Chennai Super Kings

Back at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, CSK may want to reinforce their spin bowling with the addition of Harbhajan Singh instead of Shardul Thakur. Shane Watson, after a run of low scores, could face the axe if the management opt for Mitchell Santner. In this scenario, Ambati Rayudu may get promoted back to opening.

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Likely XI: 1 Ambati Rayudu, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Kedar Jadhav, 5 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Imran Tahir

Shane Watson CSK poor form
In ten games this IPL, Shane Watson has made 147 runs. © BCCI

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Why change a winning combo? The only possible change would be to drop the underperforming Deepak Hooda for Manish Pandey.

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Likely XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 Deepak Hooda/Manish Pandey, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Sandeep Sharma, 10 Shahbaz Nadeem, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

Head to Head

Overall: 11

CSK won: 8

SRH won: 3

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Statistics

Bairstow is 72 runs behind Warner in the table for most runs this season.

In four innings out of nine, Warner and Bairstow have put on 100-run opening stands. This puts them behind Warner and Shikhar Dhawan on the list of most century partnerships for the opening wicket in the IPL.

Dhoni is CSK’s leading run-getter with 314 at 104.66 and has five score in excess of 30 batting at No 4 or lower.

Quotes

“We’re happy to be crossing the line, but we’d like to see some form creeping back into the top order.” – Stephen Fleming, CSK coach

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch the two at the top hit the ball like that. Without a doubt Warner and Bairstow will be big losses.” – Kane Williamson

Prediction

With SRH’s openers in such strong form and CSK losing two in a row, the edge is with the visiting team in Chennai.