Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 13 of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday (October 2) in Dubai.
While SRH got off the mark in IPL 2020 by beating the Delhi Capitals (DC) in their previous encounter, CSK on the other hand find themselves at the bottom of the table, having lost two out of their three matches in the tournament so far. This match is an opportunity to get their campaign back on track.
However, when it comes to head-to-head record, SRH have gotten the better of CSK just thrice across 12 meetings. In fact, CSK have managed to win four out of their last five meetings against SRH, going on to show how dominant they have been. While the Men in Yellow have a few issues to sort out this season, there’s no doubt that they have had the upper hand over the David Warner-led side for quite some time now.
Overall: Matches – 20 | CSK – 9 Wins | SRH – 3 Wins
Last 5 Matches: CSK – 4 Wins | SRH – 1 Win
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The Dubai International Cricket Stadium has so far produced some memorable matches already. We have witnessed a couple of Super Overs and also some memorable individual performances, be it KL Rahul’s century or Marcus Stoinis’ all-round heroics. However, Dubai by far has been the most bowler-friendly, when compared to the other two venues in the UAE.
Dubai has seen a total of 77 wickets fall in five matches with each of them falling at an interval of 18.4 deliveries and 25.5 runs. While captains winning the toss have bowled first in order to avoid the dew later on, in reality, the team batting first have walked away as victors each time. As a result, we might see a different decision taken by the captain who wins the toss.
Even when we look at the numbers since 2018, Dubai has been excellent for bowlers when compared to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with a wicket falling every 17.5 deliveries at an average of 21.9. Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, have been grounds where batsmen have been slightly more dominant than Dubai.
In IPL 2020, even though pacers have taken more wickets, spinners have been the real game-changers, having a better economy rate, average and strike rate. So, it might be a good idea to stock your team with a couple of quality tweakers.
However, when it comes to T20s in Dubai since 2018, pacers have been a tad better when it comes to balls per wicket, striking once every 18.4 deliveries compared to spinners’ 20.6. Pacers have also picked up 62% of the wickets. However, spinners have a better average (23.1) and economy rate (6.7).
There could be a few interesting match-ups too.
With scores of 4, 33 and 14, Shane Watson has not been in the best of forms in IPL 2020 so far but has dominated SRH’s best bowler Rashid Khan over the years. He has never been dismissed by the leg-spinner in 10 T20 innings and strikes at a healthy 142.9 against him. Watson’s 523 runs against SRH is also the highest for any batsman and this could be a terrific platform to get back into form.
MS Dhoni has come under a lot of criticism as neither his team nor him have shown any sort of intent, especially in the last two matches. However, that could all change in this game, given that he has an excellent record against SRH’s premier fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dhoni has scored at an impressive strike rate of 177.6 against Bhuvneshwar in nine T20 innings and has never been dismissed by him. Like Watson, Dhoni too has an impressive record against SRH, having scored 458 runs at 65.43.
Manish Pandey has made a decent start to IPL 2020, having scored 88 runs from three innings so far, which includes a well-compiled 51 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in SRH’s second game. However, it is his inconsistency with that bat that has disappointed many over the years. His record against CSK is also not that great, scoring at an average of just over 20 from 18 innings. Ravindra Jadeja, on the other hand, has conceded at least 40 runs in all three matches so far but has tasted a bit of success against Pandey in the past. The left-arm spinner has dismissed Pandey twice in seven T20 innings, giving away just 30 runs from 26 deliveries bowled. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this contest.
Faf du Plessis has been in impressive form, having scored two fifties in three innings so far. He has been one of the shining forces within CSK and making him your captain could very well fetch you some valuable points. He has scored 173 runs at 86.50 and a strike rate of close to 150 and has been CSK’s best player this season, especially with the bat. Du Plessis has also taken some excellent catches in the tournament so far on top of his excellent knocks and that could just be the icing on the cake your team could need.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts du Plessis could score 16-39 runs in this match.
Ambati Rayudu is set to return from injury for this match and will be expected to make an impact at the top right away. His knock played an instrumental role in helping CSK beat Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first match of the season. Rayudu has been one of CSK’s most consistent batsmen over the years. In fact, only Shane Watson (1004) has scored more runs than Rayudu (955) for CSK since the beginning of IPL 2018. Also, if Rayudu is in the XI, du Plessis might open with Watson, which will make the top three even more formidable.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Rayudu could score 13-36 runs in this match.
SRH have made a slow start to the tournament and despite getting off to a couple of good starts, David Warner is due a big one. Warner has been excellent in the Powerplay since his return in 2019 having been dismissed just thrice in 15 innings, scoring 391 runs at 130.33 and a strike rate of 140.1 between overs 1-6. With an inexperienced middle-order, a lot will depend on how Warner goes about his innings. His partnership with Jonny Bairstow has been quite good in the past and they will have to deliver again to give SRH a chance of making it two wins in a row.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Warner could score 16-39 runs in this match.
Rashid Khan’s three wickets in the previous match against DC helped SRH register their first win of the tournament. His contributions especially in the middle-overs have been consistent, having picked up 28 scalps in these overs since 2018, which is the best after Imran Tahir’s 30. With something in it for the spinners in Dubai, we might see Rashid once again shine for his team.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Rashid could pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.