A first win is at the stake for the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad when they face each other in the first of the two matches in a doubleheader Saturday. The match is slated to be held at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Life as a captain has been rough on Ravindra Jadeja who has three losses in a row under his belt. With the bowling and batting nor clicking in unison, it has been a nightmarish outing for the defending champions so far in the IPL 2022
The absence of Deepak Chahar has been a throbbing issue for the Men In Yellow. Dwaine Pretorius has been the lone bright spot for bowling. The side seems to have solved their death bowling issues with the inclusion of Chris Jordan. However, the rest of the bowling department, including the lack of an out-and-out spinner continues to hurt CSK.
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s lean start to the season has also had an effect on the overall structure of the innings. With no batter to hold one end, wickets have fallen in clusters with Shivam Dube often patching things up, but in vain.
The top-order will also have a tough proposition against SRH, who have a potent powerplay bowling unit. Their approach against Washington Sundar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be key to setting the tone for the innings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Following a heavy defeat against RR, The Orange Army slipped to their second defeat in a row against LSG. Having played at the venue, albeit being an evening encounter, SRH took a lot of positives from that outing against the new franchise.
The Orange Army will have to look at their opening combination with a keener sense now following two failed outings. With Williamson certain to open, Tripathi could be an option at the top. While it will mark a right-hand-right-hand pair, which has been a rarity in the league so far, Tripathi is proficient in the powerplay and could go on the attack against the inexperienced CSK bowling unit.
Umran Malik could be at the end of his rope over his inconsistency and with Kartik Tyagi waiting on the sidelines. A strong outing to aid the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan could help him hold his place. His match-up against the likes of Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube could be interesting to watch.
WAGING ODDS: CSK (1.61) VS SRH (2.30)
CSK are the favorites and are priced at 1.61, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹161.
SRH are the underdogs and priced at 2.30, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹230.
Teams may be considering the prospect of batting first after winning the toss given that it is a day game. Expect the CSK spinners to come into play as well as SRH seamers on the DY Patil track that has offered the most bounce out of all four venues. A win for CSK in on the cards.
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