Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 17 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday.

Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 17 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. It’s the first of a double-header on an action-packed day. The match is being held at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. CSK have got off to a terrible start, losing three out of three for the first time in the cash-rich league. Meanwhile, last season’s last-placed side SRH have started poorly as well, losing both games so far.

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and open their respective accounts. 

Analysis of CSK

CSK need something substantial as they haven’t been good enough, losing comfortably against KKR, LSG, and PBKS, respectively. All three departments have been inconsistent, to say the least. The captaincy has been poor as well, with Ravindra Jadeja failing to inspire as a skipper of the side. Many pundits feel with MS Dhoni in there, it’s difficult for Jadeja to come out blazing as a captain. To keep these allegations aside, CSK haven’t looked like champions. They wanted Ruturaj Gaikwad to fire after the Orange Cap winner failed in all three games. Besides Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube, CSK haven’t had the desired firepower. MSD has looked good in his own way but needs to bring more value.

The bowling looks weak for CSK, and it’s time they pull their socks up. Chris Jordan brings experience and will want to lead the inconsistent pace attack. Dwayne Bravo has shown he still has something substantial. Jadeja and Moeen Ali are the primary spinners on offer.

Analysis of SRH

SRH have played like how they finished off in 2021 against RR and then LSG in the previous games. The major issue is with the batting as usual. SRH’s backed uncapped Indian players like Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad haven’t done anything notable. The decision looks to have backfired. The onus will lie on Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson, Aiden Markram, and Nicholas Pooran to score runs. Pooran has been a shadow of himself in the IPL, and things aren’t working for him.

Bowling-wise, SRH have familiarity but lack overall composure. Consistency is what matters, and they need it to stop CSK. Umran Malik has a raw pace but lacks control. A lot of onus is on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan. In the spin department, Washington Sundar had a good game versus LSG and needs to continue in the same vein. SRH have to break free from the downgrade in mentality suffered last season. They have a chance to gain some confidence by beating Chennai.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met 16 times in the IPL, with CSK leading 12-4. In IPL 2021, CSK beat SRH on both occasions. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (captain), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Jordan, Mukesh Choudhary/Simarjeet Singh

SRH predicted playing XI: Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (captain), Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, teams are struggling at the moment. However, given the head-to-head record and better personnel on offer, CSK have the edge here over SRH. One expects CSK to come out all guns blazing and force SRH on the back foot. CSK may have that extra bit in terms of batting, and that’s what can set them aside in pulling off a win here. We go with CSK in terms of collecting two crucial points.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The DY Patil Stadium pitch will assist batters and bowlers alike. This has been a trend after a run-fest in the opener. Bowlers will get help up front, and spinners could be influential in the middle overs. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Kane Williamson has managed 1,903 runs in the IPL. Against CSK, the Kiwi batter has scored 338 runs, including 34 fours and 11 sixes in 10 matches. Ambati Rayudu has amassed 3,971 runs and needs 29 more to hit the 4,000-run mark. MS Dhoni is closing on the 500-run mark versus SRH (477).

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, Bhuvneshwar has claimed 143 IPL scalps. He can equal Sunil Narine’s tally (145). Notably, Bhuvi has 10 wickets from 12 games versus CSK. In two games versus SRH, English pacer Chris Jordan has taken six scalps.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chris Jordan, T Natarajan

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tripathi, Moeen Ali, Aiden Markram, MS Dhoni

All-rounders: Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar,

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Moeen Ali: The all-rounder can be the perfect game-changer for CSK with his exploits with bat and ball. The southpaw can score quick runs besides picking up the crucial wickets in the powerplay or middle overs.

Aiden Markram: A sheer versatile player, Markram started well by slamming a fifty in SRH’s first game versus RR. He brings immense value to SRH and can be handy with the ball as well. He is the fulcrum.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Robin Uthappa: He has been CSK’s best batter so far. The veteran is seeing a revival of himself since the end of last season and can be a force up front. He is middling the ball well and has the confidence on offer.

Kane Williamson: After a rare failure in the opener, SRH skipper Williamson will look to score crucial runs upfront. He needs to find the rhythm that makes him a special player. One can back him to come out all guns blazing.

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