Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 46 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 46 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. SRH started the season by losing two games before embarking on a five-game unbeaten run. However, they lost their eighth match off the final ball versus GT. On the other hand, CSK are ninth, having lost six and won two. 

Analysis of SRH

SRH have played a quality brand of cricket of late. After five wins, they were on the verge of sealing a sixth win too but GT were a different breed. Abhishek Sharma has been in superb form for his side. He has finally shown his attributes, and the consistency is catchy. Aiden Markram has shown authority in that middle order. He is looking fine-tuned so far. Nicholas Pooran has chipped in, too, alongside Rahul Tripathi.

SRH boast of a world-class bowling attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Marco Jansen, and Umran Malik are all delivering the goods as a unit. Malik, in particular, has been in top gear. Not only is he bowling fast but 15 wickets this season, including a fifer has shown he might don the Indian jersey soon. The return of Washington Sundar boosts SRH.

Analysis of CSK

On Saturday, CSK saw MS Dhoni being handed back the captaincy as Ravindra Jadeja decided to end his role. Jadeja had earlier been named skipper, but CSK’s poor run of form and his individual struggles saw Dhoni get back the job. CSK need a breather now and hopefully they can transform their play into wins. The powerplay overs have been a struggle, and CSK need to tweak things a bit. Ambati Rayudu is batting well at the moment. A lot revolves around him.

With the ball, CSK will look up to Dwayne Bravo, who has taken 14 wickets this season. Mukesh Choudhary will want to trouble SRH upfront. In Mitchell Santner, CSK have a quality bowling all-rounder on offer. Maheesh Theekshana has done well too.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other on 17 occasions in the IPL. CSK have the upper hand with 12 wins, while SRH have sealed wins on five occasions. This season, SRH (155/2) handed an eight-wicket defeat to CSK (154/7).

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (captain), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wicket-keeper), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

Which team is the predicted winner?

SRH are playing well and are the favourites here. They have a world class bowling unit and that can tame CSK’s inconsistent batting. That’s where the match will be won here. Watch out for Umran Malik and his offerings.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The match will take place at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Sunday. It can be watched live on Star Sports Network (7:30 PM IST) or live-streamed on the Hotstar app. The wicket has averaged over 160 in the first innings (last five matches). Out of eight games, five have been won by sides batting first. 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

Shivam Dube (247) and Rayudu (246) are the top scorers for CSK this season. Rayudu has 4,161 runs in the IPL and needs four fours more to get to 350. Markram has 246 runs for SRH (3 fifties). Williamson (2,033) can surpass Adam Gilchrist (2,069).

The major bowling stats on offer

Bravo has taken 181 wickets in the IPL, including the highest number versus SRH (22). Umran Malik has 15 scalps at 15.93. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has nine scalps from 8 games. Overall, he has 151 wickets under his belt.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: W Sundar

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, T Natarajan, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: W Sundar

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, T Natarajan, M Theekshana, Umran Malik

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Umran Malik: The young Kasmiri pacer has been the cynosure of all eyes. He has drawn praise everywhere for his real courage and character. One expects Umran to deliver the goods once again.

Amabati Rayudu: The veteran CSK stalwart has found his range of late, and the scores are there for everyone to see. Rayudu can chip in for CSK and score useful runs,

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Aiden Markram: With 3 fifties and an average of 123.00, Markram has been superb in that SRH middle-order. He will be hoping to add quality runs and help SRH stay tall. He can finish off games.

Dwayne Bravo: With 14 scalps, Bravo has shown he is a reliable bowler. No wonder he is IPL’s leading wicket-taker. He can work wonders and get wickets in the middle overs.

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