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After weeks of pulsating action, that has proceeded to leave both fans and pundits on tenter-hooks and gasping for more, here we are, at the business end of the VIVO IPL 2018. One thing is for certain, we will definitely have a new champion crowned this season, with the Mumbai Indians, failing to enter the top four. The two returning teams of the 2018 season, Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals are amongst the top four, which also includes 2016 Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, and two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders
The first Qualifier of the 2018 IPL will be played out at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with the two-time champions Chennai Super Kings taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 22nd.
Chennai Super Kings, buoyed by Lungi Ngidi’s incisive spell of fast bowling (4-10), ripped through KXIP’s batting in the last game and is expected to lead the bowling attack in the all-important Playoff. Shane Watson might come in for Sam Billings, who scored a duck in the last match.
As for the Sunrisers, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were the first team to qualify for 2018 season, have hit a road-block of sorts, having lost their last three games. The campaign of SRH was basically built on their ability to choke the opposition batsmen, but it finally seems, their bowling has been found out, having conceded 180 against CSK, 218 against RCB, and 173 against KKR in the last three games.
On the batting front, skipper Kane Williamson has led from the front, with 661 runs in 14 innings, along with Shikhar Dhawan, accumulating 437 runs across 13 innings. But the major disappointment of their campaign, have been Manish Pandey. The right-handed batsman has been lackluster, often failing to finish off games, and with the likes of Pathan, Hooda, too having a lackluster season, Pandey’s role assumes prime importance. Opener Shrivats Goswami scored a brisk 50 in the last game and will be key against CSK in CSK vs SRH IPL 2018 match. Carlos Brathwaite is expected to keep his place in this outing as well. There are no reports of injury in the squad.
Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Suresh Raina, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kshitiz Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Mark Wood, Harbhajan Singh, KM Asif
Kane Williamson (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Mehdi Hasan, Mohammad Nabi, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda, Shreevats Goswami, Sachin Baby, K Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Chris Jordan, Bipul Sharma, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Speaking of CHE vs. HYD Playing 11, both the teams can make a change or two to their respective playing XIs.
CSK Playing 11
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni
Batsmen: Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis
All-rounders: Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Harbhajan Singh
SRH Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper: Shreevats Goswami
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
For the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, Ambati Rayadu has been in top form throughout the 2018 IPL, having accumulated 586 runs across fourteen innings, along with Suresh Raina, who scored a pristine match-winning fifty on a tricky pitch against KXIP in the last game. Both will play a key role in CHE vs HYD Qualifier 01.
In the bowling department, Lungi Ngidi will be a key part of CSK plans against SRH With seven wickets in the last two matches, including a four-wicket-haul in the last game, along with Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar.
For the Sunrisers, Shreewats Goswami made a blistering fifty in the last match against KKR, and he along with skipperWilliamson and Dhawan will play a crucial role in the batting department.
As far as bowling is concerned, Rashid Khan (16) and Siddarth Kaul (17) are the leading wicket-takers of team SRH.
Note: This CHE vs HYD Dream11 prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your playing 11 from the squad listed above basis CSK vs SRH team news.