With five losses in seven games so far, Chennai Super Kings find themselves in real peril of not making it to the playoffs of IPL 2020. It seemed like the batting line-up rediscovered its mojo after Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by ten wickets while chasing 179. However, it again began showing signs of disintegration suffering two back to back losses to Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK will face SunRisers Hyderabad on Tuesday in Dubai, whose campaign has also faced inconsistencies. It would also be the second time in IPL 2020 that they both lock horns with Hyderabad clinching the first one. SunRisers Hyderabad put on a tidy bowling performance the last time they squared off CSK as MS Dhoni battled fatigue only for it to go in vain, losing by seven runs. Hence, both sides dearly need a victory under their belt.
We take a look at Chennai Super Kings’ predicted XI ahead of their IPL 2020 game against SunRisers Hyderabad:
Shane Watson hit two successive half-centuries against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab; however, could not continue the same against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He struck three boundaries in an 18-ball 14 before Washington Sundar cleaned him up in the sixth over. Hence, Watson has to fire in the top-order to keep CSK in the hunt for a playoffs spot.
Faf Du Plessis:
With 307 runs in seven games, Faf Du Plessis is the third-highest run-getter in IPL 2020 for now. However, Faf Du Plessis has had his share of inconsistencies too. The former South African captain was the first to go while chasing 170 against RCB, perishing for a single-digit score, trying to hit the ball for a six. Hence, the yellow army needs consistency from him.
Ambati Rayudu top-scored for CSK against RCB with 42 from 40 deliveries, a knock that contained only four boundaries and no sixes. Scoring at a strike rate of 105 was not something CSK desired as Ambati Rayudu needed to keep the required tempo to scale 170 on a sluggish wicket. Kevin Pietersen went on slam Rayudu for his slow running between the wickets.
Narayan Jagadeesan replaced Kedar Jadhav for the game against RCB and impressed in his outing. Narayan Jagadeesan managed 33 off 28 deliveries, containing four boundaries and shared a partnership of 64 with Ambati Rayudu. However, his lazy running between on the pitch cost him his wicket.
MS Dhoni (c&wk):
MS Dhoni came at the crease at number four against RCB with the stage set for his fireworks. His promising knock that began with a six suffered a meek end as he holed a wide delivery from Yuzvendra Chahal to long-off. MS Dhoni made ten runs in six deliveries before his departure.
Sam Curran was the most expensive bowler against RCB as he conceded 48 runs in four overs with a wicket under his belt. With the bat, Sam Curran had a night to forget as he perished for a first-ball duck when CSK hoped for some fireworks for him. However, due to his all-round abilities, Curran will likely retain his spot.
Ravindra Jadeja delivered an economical bowling spell in the two overs he bowled; however, MS Dhoni did not go beyond that. In two overs, Ravindra Jadeja gave away only seven runs and came out to bat when the target was nearly insurmountable. Jadeja fell for seven, becoming one of Chris Morris’ three victims.
CSK might have again made the mistake of holding back Dwayne Bravo and unleashing him at number eight with the bat. When Dwayne Bravo came out to bat, the three-time champions required 44 runs off three overs. All the West Indian could manage was seven runs in five deliveries, becoming Chris Morris’ third scalp of the night. With the ball, Bravo gave away 29 runs in three overs.
Deepak Chahar bowled brilliantly against RCB, accounting for Aaron Finch in only the third over of the innings. Having had figures of 3-0-10-1, Deepak Chahar strangely did not complete his quota. The 27-year old seamer stayed till the end, making five runs off five deliveries.
Shardul Thakur delivered a bowling spell of 4-0-40-2 against RCB, removing Devdutt Padikkal and AB De Villiers, continuing his rich vein of form. It was only towards the back end that Shardul began going for runs with Virat Kohli cutting loose. With the bat, he scored only a single, remaining unbeaten as CSK suffered a 37-run loss.
Karn Sharma retained his spot ahead of Piyush Chawla against RCB. He took two wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi; however, could not grab any against Bangalore. In four overs, the leggie gave away 34 runs, conceding one boundary and two sixes. However, Karn will most likely retain his spot against the SunRisers.