IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: MS Dhoni rested as Chennai Super Kings opt to bat first vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK Live Cricket Match Score Online: Chennai Super Kings‘ stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bat first against Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 33 of the IPL 2019 on Wednesday.

MS Dhoni has been rested due to back spasm, while SRH have made two changes with Yusuf Pathan and Shahbaz Nadeem. Sam Billings will keep for CSK while Karn Sharma has been added in place of Mitchell  Santner. (FOLLOW BLOG: SRH vs CSK)

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina(c), Sam Billings(w), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

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Sunrisers, who secured three back-to-back victories after their loss in the opening encounter, have failed miserably in the last three games – having succumbed to three heavy defeats – against Delhi Capitals (by 39 runs), Kings XI Punjab (by six wickets) and Mumbai Indians (by 40 runs). It is their batting that has let them down. Besides the explosive duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, none of the others have stepped up to the task to finish off games.

Fitting case to note is Sunrisers’ previous game against Delhi Capitals. The Orange Army were in the driver’s seat during the run-chase but botched up the chase badly in the end losing an incredible eight wicket with just 15 runs. Warner and Bairstow set tone of the chase with a 72-run partnership, but once they departed the SRH innings nosedived big time. (ALSO READ: 8/15, Khaleel’s comeback and other talking points)

Another loss for the Hyderabad, currently sitting at the sixth spot in the points table,  and it will be a herculean task for last year’s finalists to even arrive at the stage they reached if not go one step ahead this edition.

As far as table-toppers Chennai are concerned, everything has been going right for the aging team. In the batting department, Suresh RainaFaf du Plessis and captain MS Dhoni have been among runs, but CSK’s revelation this season has come from their bowling department in legspinner Imran Tahir. The 40-year-old South African has really lit up the tournament with 13 wickets in eight matches and sits on No. 2 in the Purple Cap list led by Kagiso Rabada. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019 so far: Controversies, showdowns and a memorable comeback)

The question we all are waiting for to see is whether Hyderabad can stall their losing streak at home or will Dhoni and Co. spoil the party for the orange brigade