It’s the clash between the top of the table team, against the team that’s at the bottom of the table. SRH is already out of the playoff running, and CSK will look to get two more points and cement that top two spots, which is important as they’ll get one more chance even if they lose their first playoff game.
SRH had the luxury to try new combinations and ended up winning their previous game. CSK can also give their fringe players an opportunity to get a game, but MSD doesn’t change his squad much and will stick to his philosophy.
When: Thursday, 30th September 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Pitch report: The smallest stadium in UAE, has been a very low-scoring one. A lot of help for the spinners, and the occasional bounce for pacers. Not much pace on the pitch, and due doesn’t play a factor in this venue.
Chennai Super Kings
The same aging CSK squad that was struggling in 2020 is somehow rejuvenated themselves and has been a revelation this season. The signing of Moeen Ali in the auction has really boosted the squad, and the form of
Dwayne Bravo has also been a big plus for the men in yellow. Youngster Gaikwad has also impressed a lot of people, and CSK will be looking to get this win and get their qualification done and dusted.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c) (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
SRH is under no pressure, as they are out of contention for qualifying for the playoffs. They made changes to their lineup, trying new combinations. This paid dividends as they picked up only their second victory of the season vs RR.
Tom Moody and co. are now playing just to keep their pride. The team management will have one eye on who they want to retain and keep in their squad for the big auction for next season.
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
Jason Roy vs Deepak Chahar
Rashid Khan vs MS Dhoni
Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Ruturaj Gaikwad