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IPL 2021: CSK vs SRH: Dream11 Fantasy Tips, Possible XI, captain and vice-captain prediction

New Delhi, Sep 29: Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings will take on bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 44 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Thursday (September 30) at Sharjah International Stadium.

Chennai are coming on the back of a narrow two-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi in a day game while Sunrisers Hyderabad also witnessed a change in fate with their emphatic seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in Dubai in their previous match.

Ravindra Jadeja's pyrotechnics in the penultimate over helped CSK save the blushes as the Yellow Army registered a hat-trick of wins in UAE-leg of the competition. Chasing a respectable target of 172, CSK fumbled in the middle overs despite their in-form top-three Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali were off to a good start.

However, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni failed to offer any resistance in the middle overs in front of a quality KKR bowling unit. KKR mystery spinners Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy bowled in a disciplined and didn't allow Dhoni's men to free their arms.

The match seemed in KKR's grip before pacer Prasidh Krishna was taken to the cleaners by Jadeja in the 19th over and KKR ended up losing the match despite Narine's heroics in the final over as well.

SRH, on the other hand, also played a spoilsport to Rajasthan Royals' prospects with a convincing seven-wicket win, courtesy half-centuries from debutant Jason Roy and captain Kane Williamson.

SRH - who took a big decision of dropping senior batsman David Warner from the side due to non-performance - overhauled the target of 165 in 18.3 overs with seven wickets in hand as Roy and Williamson displayed brilliant batting skills in the middle overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers did a commendable job in restricting Rajasthan to 164/5.

Jason Holder, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan bowled economically in Dubai to prevent the Royals from posting a daunting total.

Will CSK be able to put up a clinical show against SRH or will the Orange Army put up another team effort to stun another higher-ranked side?

Here mykhel takes a look at the possible Dream11 predictions for the contest between the southern rivals:

Team News: Chennai Super Kings

Team News: Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings bowlers came back strongly in the middle overs but ended up leaking runs in the death overs which helped KKR take momentum in their favour at the end of the innings.

Captain MS Dhoni would be hoping for an even better performance against Sunrisers - who are looking to cause a few upsets with their playoffs fate already finished.

CSK's bowling in the death overs wasn't up to the mark as left-arm pacer Sam Curran leaked runs in the death overs, which could have hurt the side badly had they been unable to cross the line.

Curran - who was playing his first game of UAE leg - was included in the side in place of in-form Dwyane Bravo - who made vital contributions in the first two games in the UAE. Curran needs to work on his death bowling and prevent the opposition from going for runs against him.

While young Ruturaj Gaikwad and his senior opening partner Faf du Plessis have been doing outstandingly well upfront by giving a promising start in the powerplay, the CSK middle-order looks rusty.

The likes of captain Dhoni, his deputy Suresh Raina, and Rayudu are still trying to find their forms. If the openers fail to give CSK a decent start, then the team might find itself in deep trouble.

However, the lower middle-order has been doing exceedingly well for CSK as the likes of Jadeja, Bravo, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur are looking in fine form.

In the bowling department, the focus will once again be upon Jadeja, Chahar, Josh Hazlewood, Thakur and Curran. Captain Dhoni would be hoping for a better performance from Hazlewood and Curran against SRH for they will be key to preventing the likes of Roys, and Williamsons from scoring freely.

Team News: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Team News: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Star England opener Jason Roy made an immediate impact for Sunrisers with a fifty on debut. Against CSK, the explosive right-handed batsman will be looking to start where he left in the previous game.

The short boundaries in Sharjah will suit his style of batting. However, the slowness of the 22-yard strip at this venue will be a concern for him too for Roy too likes batting on bouncy pitches.

Captain Williamson also returned to his form with a classy half-century against Rajasthan. The right-handed batsman from New Zealand has been the batting mainstay for SRH in the last three seasons and his form was always going to be crucial for the side. With Williamson finally finding his mojo back will bode well for SRH in the remainder of the game as the side would look to play for pride.

All-rounder Jason Holder has also been a vital addition to the SRH setup and the West Indies cricketer is contributing for the side in every department. He has been scoring runs, picking up wickets and choking the flow of runs for SRH in the last three games and would be aiming to repeat a similar performance against in-form CSK.

Star spinner Rashid Khan and pacers Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma's performance will be key against a side like CSK which has been winning games from any situation. They will be looking to take inspiration from their good performances in the past against CSK and aim for a much-improved show.

Probable Playing XIs

Probable Playing XIs

CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c) (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran/Dwyane Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood/Lungi Ngidi.

SRH: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.

Dream11 Fantasy Picks:

Dream11 Fantasy Picks:

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Jason Roy, Kane Williamson, Ambati Rayudu

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Siddharth Kaul

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder

Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni

Captain: Ravindra Jadeja

Vice-captain: Jason Holder

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:35 [IST]
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