Welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of IPL 2021, Match 23 between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. This is Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurls at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
SRH 25/1 in 4 overs: Curran wins the battle of the Englishmen! This was banged in short and Bairstow looking to go big has holed out to Chahar at deep backward square leg. Pandey joins his captain.
SRH 20/0 in 3 overs: Warner picks Chahar’s length early… The fuller ball was only an invitation for the burly Australian to take the aerial route – once bounce and into the fence. Bairstow goes next – although this doesn’t exactly come off the meat of the bat – and picks up four runs while making full use of the field restrictions in place during the first six overs.
SRH 9/0 in 2 overs: Curran tries to work the first ball into the right-handed Bairstow. This all-England contest promises to be mouthwatering. Warner slashes hard at the next ball but Rayudu at cover-point makes a terrific save while diving to his left.
SRH 3/0 in 1 over: Fine leg and third man in place for Chahar. There is a hint of swing but Warner is off the mark straightaway with a deft single. DHONI DROPS BAIRSTOW ON NOUGHT! The Englishman gets an inside edge and this should have been nothing more than a regulation take. Chahar doesn’t believe his eyes… MSD, afterall, doesn’t spill many.
The umpires are out. SRH’s power duo Warner and Bairstow make their way onto the middle as well. Chahar, as usual, will open CSK’s bowling. Let’s play!
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
WHAT THEY SAID
Dhoni: We were looking to bowl first. Looks a bit tacky and the boys who practised yesterday said there was quite a bit of dew. Bowling with the wet ball is the challenge for us. Lungi and Moeen are back in place of Bravo and Tahir.
David Warner: We will bat first. It’s a different surface to what was expected in Delhi. But it’s not going to play very differently. It’s about experience for us. Sandeep and Pandey are back.
David Warner wins toss. Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat.
MS Dhoni and David Warner during the toss. – BCCI/IPL
“The pitch is green and lush and it is the first IPL 2021 match here. Not much of cricket has been played here since the pandemic. The groundsman’s got a lot of time to prepare the wicket. Two years ago, stroke-players used to struggle with the added turn and bounce on offer. One should target the stumps. This should be a good batting surface. Dew might come into play after 8pm and that is what will make the captains think during the toss,” reckon Anjum Chopra and Nick Knight.
After creaking on last season, the rejuvenated Chennai Super Kings is motoring along like a well-oiled machine this year.
Different wheels are moving in cohesion. While the team is consistent, it is also throwing up match-winners such as ‘Hurricane’ Ravindra Jadeja.
CSK has four wins in five games and is looking versatile.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, in contrast, has been struggling. It is unable to cross the finish line in close games; SRH has four defeats in five games.
The side, undone by injury to yorker specialist T. Natarajan, has been adversely impacted by lack of meaningful contributions from its Indian cricketers.
But then, SRH which lost in a Super Over to Delhi Capitals, has the opportunity to find some form and momentum when it meets CSK in New Delhi’s Feroze Shah Kotla ground on Wednesday.
All eyes will be on the pitch. If the past is any indication, the surface should encourage the spinners and pacemen who can send down effective cutters. Dew will be a factor.
CSK is looking hungry and dangerous. The openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad are among the runs and the side, with game-changing batsmen, bats deep.
Then there is Jadeja. The left-hander is striking the ball like a dream and bowling with control and skill.
FILE PHOTO: Captains MS Dhoni and David Warner during an IPL 2020 match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. – BCCI/IPL
M.S. Dhoni’s team has a probing attack. Deepak Chahar can seam the new ball to deadly effect. And Sam Curran, apart from batting with gusto, can bowl his left-arm seamers zestfully.
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SRH is too dependent on its four overseas cricketers – skipper David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson with the bat, and Rashid Khan, with the ball.
Among the Indians, Vijay Shankar has bowled capably and shown flashes of batting form but has to finish games.
CSK is the favourite but then you can never tell in cricket.
– S. Dinakar
CSK vs SRH DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM PICKS
Sportstar’s fantasy cricket predictions and tips for today’s IPL match – CSK vs SRH
Wicketkeeper: Jonny Bairstow (10 credits)
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis (10 credits), Suresh Raina (9 credits), Ruturaj Gaikwad (8 credits)
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja (C) (9.5 credits), Moeen Ali (VC) (9.5 credits), Sam Curran (9 credits), Vijay Shankar (8.5 credits)
Bowlers: Rashid Khan (9.5 credits), Deepak Chahar (8.5 credits), Jagadeesha Suchith (8 credits)
CSK Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
SRH Probable XI: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul
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The two teams have played 15 matches against each other in the IPL. CSK has won on 11 occasions.
LAST IPL MEETING
CSK (167/6 in 20 overs) beat SRH (147/6 in 20 overs)
In their last meeting in Dubai, CSK registered a 20-run win over SRH. Batting first, valuable knocks from Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Sam Curran helped CSK post a competitive total on board. In reply, Kane Williamson starred with a 39-ball 57 but his knock went in vain.
TOP PERFORMERS IN CSK vs SRH OVER THE YEARS
|Top run-getters||Most runs|
|Suresh Raina (CSK; 2008-2015, 2018-Present)||415|
|MS Dhoni (CSK; 2008-2015, 2018-Present)||399|
|Shane Watson (CSK; 2018-2020)||353|
|Top wicket-takers||Most wickets|
|Dwayne Bravo (CSK; 2008-2015, 2018-Present)||17|
|Deepak Chahar (CSK; 2018-2020)||9|
|Mohit Sharma (CSK; 2013-2015)||8|
STARS FROM LAST SEASON
|Top run-getters||Most runs|
|David Warner (SRH)||548|
|Faf du Plessis (CSK)||449|
|Manish Pandey (SRH)||425|
|Top wicket-takers||Most wickets|
|Rashid Khan (SRH)||20|
|T Natarajan (SRH)||16|
|Sandeep Sharma (SRH)||14|
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (w/c), Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Moeen Ali, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreevats Goswami, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad
NUMBER GAME – IPL 2021
- MOST RUNS (ORANGE CAP) – Shikhar Dhawan (DC)
- MOST WICKETS (PURPLE CAP) – Harshal Patel (RCB)
- MOST FOURS – Shikhar Dhawan (DC)
- MOST SIXES – Jonny Bairstow (SRH)
- LONGEST SIX – Kieron Pollard (MI)
- MOST DOT BALLS – Mohammed Siraj (RCB)
- MOST FIFTIES – KL Rahul (PBKS)
- MOST CENTURIES – Sanju Samson (RR) and Devdutt Padikkal (RCB)
- FASTEST FIFTY – Deepak Hooda (PBKS)
- FASTEST CENTURY – Devdutt Padikkal (RCB)
- BEST BOWLING AVERAGE – Shahbaz Ahmed (RCB)
- BEST ECONOMY – Shivam Mavi (KKR) and Imran Tahir (CSK)
- BEST BATTING AVERAGE – Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
- BEST BATTING STRIKE RATE – Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
- BEST BOWLING FIGURES – Andre Russell (KKR)
- FASTEST BALL – Kagiso Rabada (DC)
AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 MATCH – CSK vs SRH START?
The IPL 2021 Match 23 between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad begins at 7:30 PM IST.
AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 MATCH CSK vs SRH TOSS HAPPEN?
The toss for CSK vs SRH will happen at 7:00 PM IST.
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S IPL MATCH – CSK vs SRH LIVE?
IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates on Sportstar.