All-time meetings: Sunrisers Hyderabad W2, Chennai Super Kings W9 Last meeting: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Tom Moody
Captain: Kane Williamson
Sunrisers Hyderabad have now lost their last three matches as they sink down the IPL ladder and their last defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals was particularly demoralising as they restricted them to 155/7 and then collapsed, losing 8 wickets for 15 runs after getting themselves in a good position.
The reliance on Bairstow and Warner was evident once again along with their incredibly fragile middle order with no other batsmen reaching double figures and skipper Kane Williamson was just as guilty with 3 runs from 8 balls so he will have to raise his game quickly.
There were changes to the bowling unit with Khaleel Ahmed coming back into the side for that game and he responded by taking 3/30 so there is little need for changes there, and in truth there are few changes they can make as they desperately need their local middle order to step up to salvage their tournament.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Captain: MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings’ outstanding start to IPL 2019 continues as they sit top of the ladder with seven wins from eight matches and their place in the knockout phase is all but guaranteed now but they will be keen to maintain this momentum.
Skipper MS Dhoni was struggling once again in the last match on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders with back spasms and one would expect him to be given a rest at some stage to preserve him for the latter end of the tournament which would likely mean a reshuffle and place for Sam Billings to take the gloves.
There is a chance that Harbhajan Singh will come back in after being rested while Shane Watson could well be withdrawn as his struggles continue and this match does seem like an opportune time to hand a rest to some of their veterans.
Chennai Super Kings continue to be the standout team in the tournament and they come into this game against Sunrisers Hyderabad who are struggling for form themselves having lost their last three. To compound matters, CSK beat the Sunrisers four times last year including the final, and they dominate the head-to-head record, appearing to have their number. The Sunrisers are in freefall right now as teams are managing to get past Bairstow and Warner, and then hit their fragile middle order. The focus will be on Williamson who is really going to have to step up as he did last year but, barring complacency or major changes for CSK if they decide to rest players, it is difficult to find a way in which the Sunrisers can win here.
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