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STATS THAT MATTER
* Since 2018, Shane Watson has scored 311 runs in 7 innings against SRH at a strike rate of 156
* T Natarajan’s seven wickets are the second most among uncapped bowlers this year. He has bowled 29 yorkers, the most among all bowlers
* Rashid Khan has picked up nine wickets in the middle overs with an economy of 4.70 – the best in the period among all teams
* David Warner needs 19 runs to get to the 5000-run landmark in the IPL
* Sandeep Sharma is three short of 100 wickets in IPL
Time is running out for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, a team which desperately needs its batting to click when it takes on Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight in a battle to keep its IPL hopes alive.
The three-time champions and last edition’s runner-up, CSK are seeking a revival of fortunes after suffering five defeats in seven games.
They are currently at the penultimate position in the eight-team standings halfway into the tournament.
Considered one of the most successful chasers in the history of IPL with a chase-master in Dhoni, CSK’s batting struggle this year can be gauged from the fact that all their defeats came while going after targets.
While Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis have had decent outings so far, CSK need a stronger show from its faltering middle order to.
The likes of Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo too failed to come to the team’s rescue.
Dhoni himself has not been able to force the pace while chasing and the skipper had no qualms in admitting the flaws in his batting department.
The tie also provides Dhoni and Co. a chance to avenge their seven-run loss to SRH in their previous outing.
SRH, on the other hand, are only a tad better-placed than CSK at the fifth spot with three wins from seven games.
Batting has not been SRH’s concern at all as the likes of Jonny Bairstow, skipper David Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson are all among runs and have the ability to shoulder the responsibility on their own.
But it is the bowling unit which let SRH down on Sunday.
Despite losing senior pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to injuries, SRH have shown tremendous fighting abilities with Rashid Khan and yorker specialist T Natarajan doing the job for the side.
But the likes of Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed and young Abhishek Sharma are the weak links in bowling which they need to address.