It is the first game of the weekend as Chennai Super Kings lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. It will be an exciting clash with both teams still looking to find their feet in IPL 2020. We bring you the match prediction for today’s game.
Chennai Super Kings are coming after a break of six days where they have tried to solve the zigsaw puzzle on their team combination. The three-time champions are currently at the bottom of the points table and will look revive themselves in the competition.
Chennai head coach Stephen Fleming confirmed the availability of Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo which will do them a world of good. With the absence of Suresh Raina, Rayudu becomes a key component in the line-up. On the other hand, Bravo has been one of the lynchpins in the Chennai Super Kings set-up. All focus will once again be on where MS Dhoni bats as CSK look to return to winning ways.
Speaking of Sunrisers Hyderabad, they ticked the right boxes to win their last game against Delhi Capitals. The addition of Kane Williamson in the last game strengthened their batting as it reaped dividends. But the problem of a weak middle-order continues to persist.
The David Warner-led side will back their strong bowling line-up to do the job again. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan did an exceptional job in the last game and the management will want them to deliver again. Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently in the seventh spot; one above Chennai Super Kings courtesy net run-rate.
IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 2 (Friday) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 7:30 PM IST
Out of the six games played so far in Dubai, four teams have won batting first while the other two have gone into Super Overs. It will be interesting to see how the captains react during the toss amid all the dew talks which is yet to play any role so far in IPL 2020.
Predicted Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay/Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav/Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood/Imran Tahir
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg/Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be high on confidence after their first win in the last encounter. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings have regrouped themselves well in these six days break and will aim to come strong.
So far, the Super Kings have won nine of the 12 encounters and will be the favourites to win the match considering that they have all their bases covered.