Sunrisers building on new gen talent
Sunrisers Hyderabad have seemingly admitted that they have no odds of qualifying to the latter stages and chose to revamp their squad for the last game with the head coach openly declaring that the new generation of players will get more opportunities. They have been dismal this season and despite the win the other night, have odds of just 2.42 to beat CSK.
Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, come off the back of three successive wins and are at the top of the points table with eight wins in 10 games. They have found the perfect formula for these conditions and have odds of 1.55 to beat SRH.
Chennai overwhelming favourites on head-to-head count
Overall, Chennai Super Kings have had the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 12 out of 16 head-to-head contests. It shows how CSK have managed to keep SRH’s biggest threat, Rashid Khan, at bay and thrive. The record, though, is a lot closer since 2019 with CSK winning three and SRH winning two.
RECOMMENDED BET: CSK are too strong this time around and SRH are plagued by poor form of key players. CSK have odds favouring them at 1.55
When these teams met earlier in the season, a century opening stand from Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad took Chennai to a comfortable seven wicket win over Sunrisers.
Keep an eye on…
CSK openers: Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have carried the lion’s share of CSK’s batting fortunes with their exemplary starts. They have a good record against SRH and will be key in this fixture.
SRH pacers: Jason Holder has been impressive for Sunrisers Hyderabad so far, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the rest have failed to step up. Siddharth Kaul showed glimpses of what he could do on sluggish wickets and SRH will be keen to find more men to support Rashid Khan.
TIP: Ruturaj Gaikwad has been in terrific form in the second leg of IPL 2021 and has odds of 3.90 to be CSK’s top batter.