Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad will play the first of Saturday's double headers at Mumbai’s DY Patil Sports Academy.
The Super Kings are yet to play like the defending champions in this season so far. Under new captain Ravindra Jadeja, they have lost all their three games - against Kolkata Knight Riders, Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings.
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was the highest run scorer of IPL 2022, has failed to perform in all three matches, and thus CSK have struggled to build a foundation on which the middle order can build. Apart from allrounder Shivam Dube, most other batsmen have disappointed for the most successful IPL franchise. Jadeja as a captain has appeared a bit nervous, and as a player has been unable to perform.
Hyderabad, on the other hand, are right at the bottom of the points table because not only have they lost both their games so far, but a 61-run loss in the first game led to a net run rate of -1.825, which is the worst among all the teams.
It is difficult to predict who will win the game between CSK and SRH, given that both teams have played poor cricket so far. But CSK, given how they’ve made comebacks in the previous editions of the tournament, might just do it once again.
SRH- Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (c), Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
CSK - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Jordan, Mukesh Choudhary
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