Sunrisers Hyderabad will face off against Chennai Super Kings in the 44th match of the Indian Premier League. It will be top versus bottom as the two teams will end the season of opposite ends. However, whichever team plays better cricket on the night will be the eventual winner.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have nothing to lose, as they have been playing inconsistent live cricket this season. They are going to try to spoil the party for Chennai as MS Dhoni and company aim a top two finish. Hyderabad come to Sharjah with a win. Skipper Kane Williamson’s unbeaten fifty and Jason Roy’s 42-ball 60, the champions of the 2016 edition defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets. They dropped David Warner, their main-stay and skipper for the past so many seasons. The Aussie has scored a tally of only 181 runs in the season so far. Bowling-wise, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jason Holder managed to restrict Rajasthan’s high flying innings to 165 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad squad: David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jason Roy
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings are yet to be beaten in the UAE leg of the IPL. The team led by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni are coming into this game after a hat-trick of wins. They have ensured a playoff slot already. In a close game, CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja justified his selection by playing an eight-ball 22 run cameo, facilitating 26 runs off 12 balls. For Chennai, it is Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s chemistry at the top that has worked. Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu are the core of their batting. The bowling department could be something that Hyderabad can capitalize on.
Chennai Super Kings squad: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Hari Nishanth, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c), Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Cheteshwar Pujara, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Jason Behrendorff
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings have faced each other 15 times in the IPL. Hyderabad have won four matches while Chennai have won on 11 occasions.
Chennai Super Kings have momentum and form. They have their combinations clicking and would hope to keep their lead on the points table. Sunrisers Hyderabad do come with a win but the team has looked inconsistent and the combinations have failed. MS Dhoni should win the match.
Date and Time:
September 30, 2021 (Thursday), 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah