IPL 2018 Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad key player clashes
From the clash of the top captains of the Indian Premier League -- MS Dhoni vs Kane Williamson -- to the battle between Shikhar Dhawan and Lungi Ngidi, here is a look at the key player clashes in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL 2018 Qualifier 1 match.cricket Updated: May 22, 2018 10:10 IST
With defeats in both the league matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) face an uphill task against Chennai Super Kings (CSK)when the two sides meet in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday. HT takes a look at some of the key player battles expected to pan out in the riveting contest in Mumbai:
MS Dhoni vs Kane Williamson:
Both captains have not only been exemplary with their leadership while their rich form with the bat has given their respective teams a major boost.
Kane Williamson has been unstoppable at the top of the order for SRH, with 661 runs including eight fifties, whereas Dhoni has turned back the clock scoring 446 runs at 89.20.
Shikhar Dhawan vs Lungi Ngidi:
The South African pacer will post a challenge to SRH batsmen on the Wankhede wicket that supports pace, provides bounce as well as movement off the pitch. Ngidi’s destructive spell against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday indicated his form, and to tackle the threat, SRH will pin their hopes on Shikhar Dhawan who likes to take such challenges head-on.
Ambati Rayudu vs Rashid Khan:
One of the major reasons for CSK’s enviable run this season is the form of Ambati Rayudu, who has garnered 586 runs. He has not only been the aggressor when required, but has also built innings several times to provide his team with stability.
His 37-ball 79 and an unbeaten 100 in the previous two matches against SRH this season proved decisive, and to counter Rayudu’s threat, SRH will pin their hopes on the wily Rashid Khan.
Suresh Raina vs Siddharth Kaul:
Suresh Raina has been the silent warrior for CSK this season with plenty of knocks that laid foundations for wins. His presence in the middle-overs poses a big threat, and to counter CSK’s batting mainstay, SRH have a potent weapon in Siddharth Kaul who has been their best bowler with 17 wickets so far and has ample variations to test batsmen.
Shane Watson vs Shakib al Hasan:
Shakib al Hasan’s 13 wickets this season prove that he has been an excellent support to the lead SRH bowlers. Keeping in mind Watson’s frailties against spinners, Shakib could be an excellent attack option with the left-arm spinner angling the ball into the right-hander, especially during powerplay.