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Jadeja and Williamson keen on losing streak as Chennai and Hyderabad battle for first win


Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will do their utmost to avoid the ignominy of a fourth consecutive loss when they travel to DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai for the afternoon match on Saturday April 9th. Their opponents Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are another team yet to taste victory in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

CSK and SRH find themselves in eighth and last place respectively in the IPL points table, separated only by the net execution rate.

Chennai saw their title defense get off to a sour start when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) toppled the defending champions in a repeat of last season’s final. CSK then suffered back-to-back defeats at the start of an IPL season for the first time when they were comfortably beaten by newcomers Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their second outing.

CSK then extended their winless start to the 2022 IPL season with their heaviest defeat to date, losing by 54 points to Punjab Kings (PBKS). After Liam Livingstone smashed a 60-32 ball to propel PBKS 180/8, the Super Kings could only manage 126 in response, mostly thanks to Shivam Dube’s 57-from-30 ball.

Ruturaj Gaikwad has scored just 2 runs in 3 games so far and Deepak Chahar is sorely missing as point guard Mukesh Choudhary went for 1/52 of his 4 overs against PBKS. Moeen Ali are yet to find their feet this season and captain Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t look too comfortable in the shoes of MS Dhoni.

The positives for Chennai are that Dwaine Pretorius and DJ Bravo have been efficient with the ball while Dhoni and Shivam Dube are showing good form with the bat. However, the others will have to pull their socks up quickly before CSK lose too much ground this season.

Meanwhile, SRH looked poor in their opener against Rajasthan Royals (RR) which ended in a 61 point loss. They showed faint signs of improvement in their next outing but it wasn’t enough again as they lost by 12 points to IPL debutants Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

To be fair, SRH seemed to be in control of the chase against LSG but was called off due to inspired bowling from Avesh Khan (4/20). Meanwhile, Williamson will be encouraged by the form of T Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who are looking at a good pace but Umran Malik and Romario Shepherd have been expensive and will need to up their game.

CSK vs SRH Team News:

News from the CSK team: Deepak Chahar continues to sit out for Chennai as he recovers from a quadriceps injury picked up on international duty with India.

News from the SRH team: Australian designer Sean Abbott is expected to remain unavailable for this game but is expected to be back with his franchise from the next game.

CSK vs SRH Presentation Report: Hitting didn’t look easy at DY Patil, Stadium in the last game as Delhi only shot 149/3 which Lucknow nearly chased away with 2 balls remaining. The pitch offers good bounce but batters must carefully read the rhythm of the surface. However, as Prithvi Shaw (61 from 34) and Quinton de Kock (80 from 52) have shown, once you settle in, the runs start to flow.

Where to watch live: The match begins at 3:30 PM IST on Saturday, April 9 with the draw scheduled for 3:00 PM IST. The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can also tune in to the action via Disney+ Hotstar

CSK vs. SRH Top Fantasy Picks:

Best batting picks: Robin Uthappa has 91 points in 3 games and faces bowling on the power play. He can be backed to give CSK a quick start. Shivam Dube has also looked good with the bat and has already amassed 109 runs in 3 games.

Top All-Round Picks: Washington Sundar has 58 runs and 2 wickets from his 2 games so far and has looked in good form for SRH. Moeen Ali is yet to make his mark in the tournament, but he is a player capable of putting on a game-changing performance with bat and ball.

Best Bowling Picks: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been at his best economically this season and if he can add a few more wickets to his game it would make him a great addition to the fantasy teams. DJ Bravo and T Natarajan are also reliable picks with 5 and 4 wickets respectively this season.

CSK vs SRH Probable Playing XIs:

Chennai Super Kings (eleventh likely): Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Dwaine Pretorius, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan and Mukesh Choudhary.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (likely XI): Kane Williamson (C), Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan and Umran Malik.

Full teams CSK vs SRH:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja (C), Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayadu, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Devon Conway, Shivam Dube, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar , Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Subranshu Senapati, K Bhagath Verma, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Marco Jansen, J Suchith, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sean Abbott, Kartik Tyagi, Saurabh Tiwary, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.


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