We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Chennai vs Hyderabad Match at DY Patil Sports Academy
Barring the game between Kolkata and Bangalore, batters have enjoyed making runs at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy. Dew could be a concerning factor as the match progresses.
Probable XI for Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Dwaine Pretorius, Rajvardhan Hangargekar
Probable XI for Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Aiden Markram, Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd/Marco Jansen, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik/Kartik Tyagi
Power Players for Chennai vs Hyderabad Match
Whether it is bowling first or second, Dwaine Pretorius has been amongst the wickets (4) in both games for Chennai. His ability to outthink the batters with subtle variations should keep him in the thick of things.
Before Hyderabad were restricted by the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) bowlers, Washington Sundar produced a brilliant spell in the powerplay by dismissing southpaws Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis. As far as batting is concerned, we saw how he tonked the Rajasthan bowlers (40 off 14) all over the park in Pune.
Smart Picks for Chennai vs Hyderabad Match
Chennai will bank on the experience of Chris Jordan, especially at the death. In his first game for the franchise, he impressed with figures of 4-0-23-2. In addition to his bowling, Jordan is one of the safest catchers in world cricket.
With scores of 23, 16*, and 50*, MS Dhoni is proving his detractors wrong once again. Additionally, his dismissal of Bhanuka Rajapaksa behind the stumps was another indication of his swift wicket-keeping ability.
T Natarajan might not necessarily pick wickets early on in his spell, but he rarely disappoints fantasy players in the slog overs. He bagged 2 scalps in his final over against Lucknow.
Rahul Tripathi (44) and Nicholas Pooran (34) ended up as the highest scorers for Hyderabad in the last match. While the Indian holds one end up, the West Indian takes up the finisher’s role.
If Chennai have to turn around their fortunes, marquee all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali will have to come to the party with both bat and ball.
Although Robin Uthappa was dismissed for 13 in the game against Punjab, he has been effective in this edition: he has scored 93 runs at the top, including a half-century. His boundary-hitting ability also generates useful fantasy points in the powerplay.
Dwayne Bravo is the leading wicket-taker (5) for his side. Since his bowling style suits the death overs, his chances of striking increase when Chennai bowl first.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has three single-digit scores (1, 1, and 0) in this edition. That said, his last two outings against Hyderabad in 2021 fetched 110 runs.
While the defending champions have suffered three consecutive defeats, Hyderabad have also lost two games on the bounce. On the head-to-head front, Chennai lead Hyderabad 13-4. Coming into this clash, both teams will be desperate to make an impact on the points table.
Time: 9 Apr, 3.30 PM IST