Last time these two teams met, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 6 wickets. They restricted Chennai Super Kings for 132 runs. But things have changed a lot after that match. SRH won their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets. CSK, on the other hand, have lost 2 matches in a row. This has happened for the first time since 2018 that they have lost two games in a row.
Chennai Super Kings failed to chase down a total of 161 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore other night. Their top order didn’t score at all in that game. Watson, du Plessis, and Raina scored 10 runs collectively for 19 balls. Form of Watson has been an issue for CSK this year. He has not been able to provide the kind of start that they are looking for.
For SRH, problems will start just after this game when Jonny Bairstow will leave for world cup duty. Next week, David Warner will also leave. These two players have scored 70% of their runs and probably because of this the middle order didn’t get much chance to score runs. After they will leave all the pressure will come at the middle order and they will need to solve that as early as possible.
The pitch at Chepauk is made up for spinners only. Teams batting second have won every match day/night matches here.