CSK VS SRH – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2018 between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
What a remarkable journey it has been for both finalists in this season’s IPL with the final chapter ready to be written!
Both Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad will meet for the fourth time this season when they lock horns in the mega final at Wankhede. Although CSK have won all the three contests till now, SRH have the propensity to outplay any opposition when it matters the most.
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Despite being unable to find the perfect XI, the Dhoni-led Whistle Podu Express have flourished without a hurdle. Each player has stood out in a distinctive manner under different circumstances right from day one.
They restricted SRH on mere 139 at the batting friendly Wankhede strip, though CSK later stumbled with early breakthroughs while chasing the total. Faf du Plessis was the man of the moment who opened the innings alongside Shane Watson and got Chennai home in the 20th over.
Dhoni has always been known for throwing a trump card in the tournament finals. It would be hard to predict his gamble this time around, but he will most likely go with the same combination.
Playing XI (Last Match): Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Raudu, MS Dhoni (capt.&wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
The Orange Army staggered in the later half of the tournament, having lost four consecutive matches. However, the win against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 would have instilled plenty of confidence in their players ahead of the final.
Skipper Kane Williamson has a formidable all-rounder in form of Carlos Brathwaite who comes up with strong credentials. Also, it would be a no-brainer to promote Rashid Khan, a handy batsman following his fiery 34-run cameo the other night, up the order.
Williamson dropped Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami and Sandeep Sharma for Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha and debutant K. Ahmed for the penultimate clash. It remains to be seen what combination he chooses for the substantial clash against Chennai.
Playing XI (Last Match): Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (capt), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed
Top Funtasy Picks
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu – The right hander has been staging some tremendous batting display after his promotion as an opener. Moreover, his attributes on Wankhede strip could lure you to pick him.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rashid Khan – The Afghan leg spinner has thus far displayed great durability against toughest of oppositions. His wicket-taking ability speaks volumes about his form this season.
Punt Pick: Carlos Brathwaite: Remember the Name! The Caribbean all-rounder might leave the opposition in splits, as far as the final concerned.
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