Chennai Super Kings will host Sunrisers Hyderabad in a top-of-the-table clash between the southern rivals in Pune on Sunday afternoon in an effort to get close to SRH in the IPL 2018 points table. With nine wins out of 11 games, SRH is sitting pretty at the top of the points table with CSK following at second position, after winning seven out of the 10 games they have played. However, MS Dhoni’s team will heart from the fact that they defeated SRH the last time they met in Hyderabad. Here are the full IPL match predictions as CSK face SRH
In the bowling department, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh came into their own on the slow Pune surface against Royal Challengers Bangalore, sharing five wickets for 40 runs from their eight overs. They will be expected to continue their bowling form, while Dhoni has a good crop of young and experienced seamers to call upon, including all-rounders Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo.
The introduction of pacers David Willey and Lungi Ngidi has been a welcome one for CSK as they try to settle into the right combination ahead of the Playoffs. Dhoni has a lot of options to choose from leading into the last few games of the league stages.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, has had a near-perfect run in IPL 2018, thanks largely to their bowling attack. After defending a string of low totals in their previous contests, SRH finally had a target to chase down against Delhi, and did so successfully for their highest run chase this season. Shikhar Dhawan and captain Kane Williamson hardly broke a sweat as they raced to their target with seven balls to spare and nine wickets in hand.
SRH’s batting hasn’t been the most successful in this competition, even though their 9-2 win-loss count would not suggest so. They came agonizingly close to chasing down CSK’s target the last time they played each other, but haven’t had much opportunity chasing down totals. The form of Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey has been patchy, leaving the top order to do much of the scoring.
At the beginning of the match, CSK won the toss and elected to bowl first on Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) International Stadium, Pune which has always been in favour of CSK team as per the IPL stats. While in very early over CSK bowlers was finding it bit tough to crack a wicket but then Deepak Chahar took the first wicket of British batsmen Alex Hales who got caught by Raina standing in covers. Furthermore, there is a funny incidence also happened between Indian former captain Ms Dhoni and player Ravindra Jadeja, when Dhoni beat Jadeja in a little race of catching the ball at the short long on and then acting like to through that ball at Ravindra Jadeja’s face which left Jaddu in priceless shocking expression and the whole stadium burst out laughing by watching Dhoni in this cool mode again.
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