CSK Vs SRH, IPL 2024: Following The Thrill Of Power Hitters

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CSK Vs SRH, IPL 2024, The Chennai Super Kings will face Hyderabad’s Sunrisers, whose batting lineup includes Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and the other side having Shivam Dube, and Daryl Mitchell.

CSK Vs SRH, IPL 2024
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The Chennai Super Kings will face an explosive batting lineup in Hyderabad, with Mustafizur Rahman perhaps missing. Mustafizu Rahman is well-known for his efficient bowling, which helped the Sunrisers win their first IPL title in 2016.

The Sunrisers have a powerful batting lineup, with Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head, Aiden Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen all hitting sixes. CSK also carries Shivam Dube, who has averaged 177.09 against spin since last year’s IPL, and Daryl Mitchell preparing for a similar role.

The game between the two teams is a clash of titans, but what unifies them is the joy that their power hitters can provide.

Team Watch: CSK

In the spotlight

Ravindra Jadeja’s batting has declined since the IPL 2022, with a strike rate of 133.90 and a top score of 26* in 25 innings. His record against spin has been concerning, with 77 balls scoring only 83 runs. CSK’s batting order is unknown. However, CSK has a reputation for not making major changes. Can Jadeja return their faith?

Team news and impact player strategy

Mustafizur is expected to arrive in Hyderabad on Friday afternoon following a quick trip home to resolve his US visa concerns. If he does not play immediately after his flight, CSK would most likely call up Mahesh Theekshana. If they bat first, Shivam Dube will likely be used before being replaced by Matheesha Pathirana in the second innings.

Injury and availability

Mustafizur Rahman is in the United States to process his visa for the T20 World Cup, which takes place immediately following the IPL in June, and will be unavailable for the SRH game.

Tactics and Match-ups

CSK needs to make a decision. A slow surface could pave the path for Maheesh Theekshana’s return, but SRH has several spinners. Since the IPL 2022, Klaasen has crushed them at a strike rate of 200, while Abhishek Sharma has hit them at 167.50, following only Klaasen and Glenn Maxwell (173.89).

Probable XI

Sameer Rizvi, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Matheesha Pathirana/Shardul Thakur, Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, and Sameer Rizvi [Matheesha Pathirana/Maheesh Theekshana, Impact Sub]

Team Watch: SRH

In the spotlight

Mayank Agarwal has failed to maintain pace in the powerplay for two straight games, scoring 27 runs off 30 balls. His dismissals have been predictable with bowlers hitting the ball on or short of its length. Agarwal must improve quickly to keep his place in the Sunrisers’ batting lineup.

Team news and impact player strategy

Wanindu Hasaranga is out for the Sunrisers with a significant heel injury. The team’s Impact Player approach is condition-based, with three pairs participating in the first three games. Head coach Daniel Vettori expects a high-scoring game on Friday, with Dube’s presence likely encouraging Umran Malik to rough him up.

Injury and availability

Wanindu Hasaranga stays absent. The remainder of the squad is eligible for selection.

Tactics and Match-ups

Ruturaj Gaikwad has dismissed to a left-arm pace in all of CSK’s games thus far. SRH may struggle to get Marco Jansen into the XI, but Jaydev Unadkat could help keep the trend going. The experienced left-armer has taken 13 wickets in 22 overs at the venue.

Probable XI

Abdul Samad, Pat Cummins (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Mayank Agarwal, and Shahbaz Ahmed [Impact Sub: Umran Malik/Washington Sundar]

Pitch and conditions

Friday’s game will be played on a brand-new pitch. Daniel Vettori, the Sunrisers’ head coach, feels the black-soil surface would react quite differently than the red-soil pitch on which the Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians played a record run-fest. CSK’s batting coach, Michael Hussey, feels it looks “slightly dry” but anticipates plenty of runs.

Did you know?

  • Since 2023, Klaasen has scored 696 runs off 359 balls against spin, including 30 fours and 58 sixes. He has also scored 334 runs in six IPL innings in Hyderabad, averaging 197.63.
  • Matheesha Pathirana has 23 wickets since the IPL 2023, 19 of which came at the death (Overs 16-20), equaling Mohit Sharma for the most in that phase.

Stats that matter

  • Klaasen has the highest strike rate (200.00) among players who have scored 200 or more runs against spin since the start of the IPL 2023.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar has removed Ajinkya Rahane six times in 16 T20 innings while scoring 90 runs off 103 deliveries.
  • Bhuvneshwar vs Dhoni has gone the batter’s way, with 94 runs off 57 balls without being removed.
  • Klaasen has scored 104 runs off 49 balls without being dismissed since the start of the IPL 2023. Will this affect CSK’s usage of Jadeja in any way?


IPL 2024, April 5, 19:30 IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Chennai Super Kings


Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad


CSK 14 – 5 SRH. With CSK’s victory percentage of 73.68% being the highest for a team against a single opponent (criteria: > 10 matches), this is the most one-sided duel.

What to expect

Uncertainty. Only eight days ago, the venue hosted a 277-v-246 game, and CSK and SRH have already scored half of the 200-plus totals (CSK 1, SRH 2). But a black dirt pitch makes hitting through the line more difficult.

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