The caravan of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League moves to the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi where MS Dhoni’s high-flying Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with the beleaguered SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Chennai Super Kings are coming off a hugely successful Mumbai leg where they won four out of their five fixtures including back-to-back comprehensive victories in their last two fixtures against Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
SunRisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, has lost four of their first five fixtures on slow, turgid Chepauk tracks where once again their middle-order fragilities were exposed to the hilt.
With the track in Delhi historically slow and sluggish, teams would be looking to bat first and then choke the opposition under the weight of runs. But, then, dew could also play a major role, making the decision at the toss a tricky one.
IPL 2021, Match 23: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)- Toss Report
David Warner has won the toss and he has decided to bat first. SunRisers Hyderabad have made two changes to their playing XI that lost the Super Over to Delhi Capitals. Manish Pandey and Sandeep Sharma return to the playing 11 in place of Virat Singh and Abhishek Sharma.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings have also made two changes to their playing 11. Lungi Ngidi and Moeen Ali replace Dwayne Bravo and Moeen Ali.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing 11): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar
SunRisers Hyderabad (Playing 11): David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
Chennai Super Kings will look to extend their domination against SunRisers Hyderabad in familiar Delhi conditions
Chennai Super Kings are flying high after having registered four consecutive victories in IPL 2021.
The most impressive aspect of CSK’s performance in Mumbai was the fact that the conditions at Wankhede were less suited to their bowling attack.
And, when they lost their first fixture against Delhi Capitals where they failed to defend 188, there were suggestions that the three-time champions will struggle big time in Mumbai.
But, it’s the exact opposite that has happened. Deepak Chahar has led the way with wickets in the powerplay, as has Sam Curran, while Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, and Imran Tahir have chipped in during the middle overs.
With conditions in Delhi set to suit their bowling unit and a majority of their batsmen in form, one can expect them to continue their dominance over SunRisers Hyderabad.
SRH, just like previous seasons, is grappling with the lack of contribution by their Indian batsmen, and with skipper David Warner in the midst of a rare lean season, the onus will once again be on Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson.
The SunRisers have lost six of their last 8 games against Chennai Super Kings and in conditions suited to the latter, it will take a herculean task for them to reverse their fortunes.