Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad toil in the second half of the IPL 2020 points table and will be desperate to secure two crucial points when they lock horns at the Dubai International Stadium. Both teams are coming from the back of a defeat and will have to play out of their skins.
The onus will be more for Chennai Super Kings needing at least six wins from seven matches to qualify for the playoffs. Incidentally, MS Dhoni & Co has been in this situation once more in 2010 and they scripted a remarkable turnaround. However, this time around, it looks a bit tough with those ageing legs.
But its not over until it is not finally over when you have some like in the Dhoni in the ranks. He likes to take it deep and you can expect a big knock from him against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The fielding and bowling have also not been up to the mark and they need to pull up their socks.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad needs to play according to their template to over the Chennai Super Kings hurdle. The bowlers have done well to fill in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s gap and the batters need to step up and back their bowlers.
Rashid Khan has been exceptional with the ball so far and David Warner & Co will want the Afghan superstar to keep up his excellent work in Dubai.
IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Cricket Stadium from 7:30 PM IST
Only twice have teams managed to win by chasing at this venue so far and the second instance was on Sunday featuring Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams will want to bat first and put runs on the board.
Predicted Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings – David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan. Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Shane Watson, N Jagadeesan, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shadul Thakur
Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
Three-time Chennai Super Kings have thoroughly dominated Sunrisers Hyderabad in head-to-head encounters. The Super Kings have nine wins to their name in comparison to Hyderabad four. However, this time around the Orange Army look like the firm favourites to pull one back to strengthen their position in the points table.