(Cricket news) SRH have never beaten Chennai Super Kings at home but they’ve only played three matches against CSK at Chepauk, but visiting teams have always struggled at Chepauk, as Super Kings have won 19 of their last 23 games. CSK this season have played only two home games and have won one of their encounters as Chepauk is staying true to reputation assisting spin. Spinners have taken 16 wickets this season with an economy of 8.13, while the fast bowlers have only taken 11 wickets with an economy of 10.66. Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai for the first time since 2008 at home.
Sunrisers on the other hand don’t have the same depth in their spin attack. They’ve been playing Washington Sundar and Mayank Markande, while their overseas spinners Adil Rashid and Akeal Hosein are on the bench because of team balance. Spin should test Harry Brook as MS Dhoni would have definitely noted that Brook was successful against pace. Sunrisers haven’t been the fastest starters this season either, their powerplay run-rate of 7.13 is the lowest amongst all teams, while Super Kings’ 9.86 is the highest in the league. So the SRH batters might have to approach this contest differently against CSK’s quicks.
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CSK have used Ambati Rayudu as their impact player in recent matches as they swap him in or out for a bowler. Ben Stokes is likely to miss a fourth match in row as he recovers from a heel injury while Mitchell Santner has recovered from illness and is available for selection.
Probable XII: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 9 Tushar Deshpande, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Matheesha Pathirana/Mitchell Santner, 12 Akash Singh
Sunrisers’ use of the Impact Player doesn’t have a pattern, against Knight Riders, they subbed out Harry Brook and brought in Washington Sundar, and in their next game against MI they subbed out T Natarajan and brought in Abdul Samad for the chase. The SRH think tank might want to use the Kashmiri all rounder Vivrant Sharma.
Probable XII: 1 Harry Brook, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram (capt), 5 Abhishek Sharma, 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 7 Abdul Samad, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Marco Jansen/Akeal Hosein/Adil Rashid, 11 Mayank Markande, 12 T Natarajan/Vivrant Sharma