SRH v CSK Live: Chennai opt to bat vs Hyderabad

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Playing XI for both the teams:

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina(captain), Sam Billings(wicket-keeper), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson(captain), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed

Team news: Yusuf Pathan and Shahbaaz Nadeem return for Sunrisers Hyderabad in place of Ricky Bhui and Abhishek Sharkma while Chennai Super Kings also have gone in with a couple of changes. Karn Sharma comes in the side in place of Mitchell Santner while Sam Billings comes in for MS Dhoni.



Captains’ take

Suresh Raina: We are going to bat first. I think batting first is a good option on this wicket. I think we need to be good in the powerplay. It’s all about executing our plans. Dhoni wanted to take some rest, he’ll be back in the next game. Karn Sharma comes in the side in place of Santner and as Dhoni is not playing, Sam Billings comes in for him.

Kane Williamson: Good decision Suresh. We were going to bat first as well. It’s imporant to bowl first up and do the job. The top two have been outstanding. It’s a tough format, but the guys need to go out with freedom and express themselves. The guys are looking forward to tonight’s game. Ricky Bhui and Abhishek Sharkma are out, Pathan and Nadeem are in. So that we get the right balance.

TOSS: Stand-in skipper Suresh Raina calls it right at the toss as CSK opt to bat against SRH in Hyderabad.

BIG NEWS: Suresh Raina will lead Chennai Super Kings in today’s match in the absence of MS Dhoni

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.

PREVIEW:

It will be an uphill task for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure a victory and get back on the winning track when they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Sunrisers, who secured three back to back wins after their loss in the opening encounter in the ongoing IPL, have failed miserably in the last three games. Their batting, which has been largely dependent on the destructive opening pair of Johnny Bairstow and David Warner, hasn’t been able to perform and appears to be in disarray as none of the other batsman have taken the responsibility and finish the games.

The Kane Williamson-led side are currently standing at the sixth spot in the points table, and would be desperately hoping to get a win under their bag and move up the table.

Chennai, on the other hand, is sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from eight games. The Men in Yellow will look to confirm their spot in the playoffs against the Sunrisers.

In the batting department, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and captain M.S. Dhoni have all been among the runs while the bowling has also looked pretty strong with Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh taking the responsibility and picking up wickets at regular intervals.

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