Sunrisers Hyderabad, who finished on top of the points table after the league matches despite losing their last three games, would take on a buoyant Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chennai hold a slight edge having defeated Hyderabad both the times previously in the tournament.
Sunrisers’ bowling has been their major strength in the tournament as they have defended scores lower than 150 a number of times. However, the same bowling attack has conceded 150 plus in the last four games. Their batting as well has been heavily dependent on skipper Kane Williamson and maverick opener Shikhar Dhawan. So, in spite of having had a great run in the tournament, Hyderabad continue to battle a few demons.
CN’s Dream XI for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings: Kane Williamson (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Khan, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan
Chennai, despite two years in the wilderness, have been brilliant. Ambati Rayudu has risen from the Phoenix while Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also managed to rediscover his golden touch. In the bowling, they have found a good new ball pacer in Deepak Chahar while Lungi Ngidi impressed against Punjab. Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja have played decent support acts.
CN’s Dream XI for Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: MS Dhoni (C) (W), Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur