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26 May 2018 by Trystan

IPL 2018 – Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Grand Final Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 27th May, 14:30 (UK)

Where? Wankhede Stadium

Weather? 34c maximum with mostly sunny skies and humidity of 68%

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Chennai Super Kings W7, Sunrisers Hyderabad W2

THE TEAM NEWS

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: MS Dhoni

  • Chennai made their way through to the final match of the season off the back of a thrilling victory over Hyderabad. The CSK bowlers were impressive in restricting SRH to 139 from 20 overs with only Shardul Thakur (1/50) copping some brute hitting late in the innings and from there, things were looking ominous for CSK as they struggled their way to 113/8 but were saved by some Faf du Plessis heroics to claim yet another thrilling match.
  • The call was made for Sam Billings to be dropped from the side, meaning that Faf du Plessis retained his spot in the side and opened alongside Shane Watson and this switch was fruitful as Du Plessis played a magnificent innings, scoring 67 from 42 balls (the only CSK player to score over 30) and send Chennai through to the final. The addition of Du Plessis at the top of the order is a positive move in regards to team balance as this now bolsters the middle order with Billings dropping out and players like Raina and Rayudu sliding down a position.
  • Hard to see any changes for CSK after their hard-fought win and a solid break in-between matches, expect coach Stephen Fleming to stick with his players even though most batsmen had an off night.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad were in a form slump of the ages, having lost their previous four matches when they came up against a fired-up Kolkata and whilst it wasn’t entirely convincing, some individual brilliance sees them through to the grand finale against Chennai whom they will play for the fourth time this year.
  • With Hyderabad struggling to 138/7 after 18 overs, Rashid Khan was simply stunning with the bat striking 34 runs from a mere ten deliveries. The innings which included four sixes and two fours was crucial in ensuring that Hyderabad could reach a total their bowlers who have been down on form in recent times, could defend. Rashid then came out all guns blazing with the ball capturing a stunning 3/19 form his four overs completing what many say was the perfect game.
  • Khaleel Ahmed replaced Sandeep Sharma but was poor, failing to take a wicket and going for 38 from his 3 overs. Aside from a possible swap between these two players, don’t expect any more changes from SRH.

THE PREDICTION

After a season full of twists and turns we finally reach the grand final which will feature the two best teams in the competition. The Chennai Super Kings have been enormous in their return to the competition after being suspended in 2016 and 2017. Overseas players Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi and Dwayne Bravo have been important pieces of the puzzle and with locals Ravi Jadeja, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu having fantastic seasons, this has resulted in Chennai being a force to be reckoned with. Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered well from the loss of David Warner to record a string of impressive wins however in recent times have lost their way dropping four matches in a row before their crucial win against KKR. This match promises plenty and is sure to be a fine spectacle for all supporters. Chennai’s batting order runs deep and all players have the capacity to cause some serious damage whilst SRH have continued to reply on Rashid Khan and Kane Williamson to pull them through tough situations. Chennai have now won their last three matches against Hyderabad and they could well continue this streak and complete what will be a fairy tale finish to the tournament for Stephen Fleming’s troops.

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