CSK vs SRH in IPL 2021: Confusion prevails in Sunrisers as bottom placed team to make more changes in playing XI

IPL 2021: सनराइजर्स हैदराबाद के मालिकों ने कोविड से लड़ने के लिए 30 करोड़ रुपये दान दिए
IPL 2021: सनराइजर्स हैदराबाद के मालिकों ने कोविड से लड़ने के लिए 30 करोड़ रुपये दान दिए

CSK vs SRH in IPL 2021- SRH Playing XI: Sunrisers Hyderabad with four losses and a win is placed at the bottom of the IPL points table. The factor that has played a big part in David Warner’s side’s poor form is inconsistency in team selection. In five matches so far, SRH have fielded five different teams with the middle-order undergoing change in every match. While Kane Williamson’s return has bolstered the middle-order, the poor form of others hasn’t boosted confidence and when they face Chennai Super Kings (CSK), they are expected to change combinations once again.

CSK vs SRH in IPL 2021: Curious case of Manish Pandey, likely to make comeback in XI

After sticking with Manish Pandey for the first three matches, he was axed for the last two matches, owing to his slow strike rate. That did not do SRH any favours as Kane Williamson was left all alone to take the team to the finish line against Delhi Capitals in the last match and failed.

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While Manish Pandey has had a poor strike rate by T20 standards, he has got runs that others in the middle-order haven’t. In three matches, Pandey has scored 101 including a half-century. Although his runs came with a strike rate of 112.22, considering he was batting on slow Chennai pitches where batting was difficult. Even Warner wasn’t happy dropping him. Given Delhi’s batting-friendly pitch, Pandey is expected to be back against CSK.

CSK vs SRH in IPL 2021: Underperforming Indian batters

Take out Manish Pandey’s 101 runs, the all-Indian middle order will look even worse. Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma and Kedar Jadhav combined have scored only 107 in the matches that they have played. With experienced Jadhav, SRH hoped for a change but the experiment failed. The other player in the lower-middle-order Rashid Khan hasn’t done well with the bat either. In three innings, he has scored 17 including two ducks. Jason Holder shined with the ball but scored only 4 when he got the chance.

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With the current combinations not working, SRH will give Abdul Samad another opportunity, considering he did well in the first match, batting at No 7. His 19 off 8 was the only meaningful knock by any lower-order batsmen from SRH.

CSK vs SRH in IPL 2021: What’s up with Bhuvneshwar Kumar?

It came as a surprise when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not named in the playing XI against Delhi Capitals. While he hasn’t had the perfect run in the tournament, he is SRH’s most experienced bowler and can come in handy with the bat at times. Warner later revealed that Bhuvneshwar had a niggle and hence was benched.

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With Natarajan already ruled out of the IPL 2021 and Sandeep Sharma out of favours after the first match, Bhuvneshwar’s return will definitely boost confidence. Like SRH, the fans too are eagerly waiting for an update on the Indian pacer especially with SRH beginning their Delhi leg of IPL 2021 on Wednesday.

The Arun Jaitley Stadium pitch is not expected to be as slow as the Chennai pitches and pacers like Bhuvneshwar could be a big weapon.

CSK vs SRH in IPL 2021: SRH Playing XI

David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey/Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahemd, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar