SRH and CSK to compete in Qualifier 1- first playoff matches of VIVO IPL 2018 today

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Chennai Super Kings  (CSK) will compete in Qualifier 1 – the first of the playoff matches of VIVO IPL 2018  at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow

SRH finished the regular league season at the top of the table, while CSK  occupied second place; both teams finished with 9 wins each – net run rate  decided their position in the table.

SRH were the first team to secure a playoff berth; however, Kane Williamson and  co. have gone off the boil in their last few games. In a format where momentum is a  huge factor, SRH are entering this crucial phase of the competition on the back of  three consecutive defeats.

The SRH camp while upbeat about making the playoffs, must be silently worried  about the performance of their bowlers. In their last four matches, SRH have conceded  totals of 187, 180, 218 and 173 – an overall economy rate of 9.64, which is in stark  contrast to their economy rate of 7.24 from earlier in the competition.

In the first half of the season, CSK clinched thrillers; they won with one wicket to  spare, with one or two balls remaining and by 4 runs. However, as they’ve rolled on, CSK have operated like a fine-tuned engine – with all parts playing their role  efficiently, as a result often dominating opponents. They have an in-form batting  line-up and have bowlers for specific roles and conditions.

In their most-recent outing, CSK defeated Kings XI Punjab in the final league  match of the season. On a green surface in Pune, Lungi Ngidi landed two deadly  blows to derail KXIP right at the start, thereafter finishing with exceptional figures  of 4-1-10-4. MS Dhoni’s tactical masterstroke (of promoting Harbhajan Singh and  Deepak Chahar to 4 & 5 respectively) and Suresh Raina’s mature innings were  the highlights of a successful run-chase.

Both teams experimented with their XIs in the previous match, but one expects  they will return to their first-choice XI for this match. Alex Hales should return to  the SRH XI, while Shane Watson should be back in CSK’s XI.

The Chennai Super Kings will believe they have the psychological edge over  their opponents heading into this match, for they’ve already defeated the Sunrisers
twice this season. Will CSK make it three out of three, or will Sunrisers be able to  put the brakes on their losing streak and sail through to the Final?

Kane Williamson, all by himself, has contributed to the extent of 29.6 per cent of Sunrisers’ runs this season; that statistic by itself explains how important he is
to his team.  Considered a batsman suited better for the longer formats, the SRH captain has  been refreshing to watch this IPL. While he continues to employ the traditional  methods to score runs, he has also shed his inhibitions and adapted to the demands  of the T20 format, playing strokes which don’t come to him naturally.

Shikhar Dhawan has had an outstanding year with the bat – particularly in the  white ball formats; the left-hander has scored three half-centuries in his last four
innings and looks hungry for more. Three CSK batsmen find a place in the top ten run-getters this season; Ambati  Rayudu occupies fourth place with an aggregate of 586 runs, while MS Dhoni  and Shane Watson are ninth and tenth respectively with aggregates of 446 runs  and 438 runs. Add Suresh Raina, who is 9 short of 400 runs for the season, into  the mix; the left-hander – an integral part of CSK, scored a responsible half-century  in the win against KXIP.

In this high-stakes match, SRH will look towards Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid  Khan to do the bulk of the damage. Bhuvneshwar, the Purple Cap winner in the last  two seasons, has come in for plenty of tap in his last three matches – 1-51, 0-38 and  0-33. SRH will hope he can raise his game and cause some damage with the ball.

Pitches at the Wankhede Stadium have generally offered good pace and bounce;  if it is a traditional Wankhede Stadium surface, Lungi Ngidi, who spewed fire in the  previous match, will relish the conditions and could be a handful.

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