Just how far can 2018 champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) stumble? MS Dhoni and his troops will be out to prove that consecutive away wins was merely some minor adversity on the way to success as they return home to the MA Chidambaram, where they have won eight straight.
In their way on this occasion are play-offs contenders SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), who will be enjoying their record-breaking opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow one last time for 2019, with the latter jetting off to England’s World Cup camp at the completion of this fixture.
CSK’s powerplay numbers make for not-so-pretty reading on the surface – a poor average of just 36.5 runs in the first six overs. This is in part due to some comfortable chases created by their bowling unit: namely, 71 in the opening fixture against RCB and 109 against KKR (both at home).
Quite the opposite for the SunRisers, with Warner and Bairstow blitzkriegs shooting their powerplay average up to 54.4, leading to captain Kane Williamson acknowledging on Sunday night that the dynamic duo may in fact be batting too well, leaving the middle order underexposed to matchday conditions.
Mumbai Indians are the only side to have inflicted defeat upon CSK in Chennai in 19 fixtures dating back to 2015, with SRH comprehensively losing their last two attempts. The team chasing (at any location) have won the last four H2H meetings.
CSK vs SRH T20: Probable Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
CSK vs SRH T20 – Players To Watch Out For
Ambati Rayudu (CSK) collected the Man of the Match award in two of his wins over SRH in 2018 as part of 426 career runs (avg 53.25, SR 138.76) against the men in orange.
Jonny Bairstow (SRH) enters his final match of 2019 as one of the league’s most destructive run-scorers, compiling 445 at an average of 63.57 and an even more incredible strike rate of 158.36.
CSK have a 4-1 H2H record over SRH when losing the toss. Visiting teams to the MA Chidambaram have won just seven of 32 (21.88%) matches when batting second – the poorest win-rate of all 2019 venues.
CSK’s win-rate of 78.26% as a home favourite is the second-best of all franchises (past and present).