Chennai Super Kings, the team that beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in last year's IPL final, will be bidding for their eighth win in nine games when they take on the Kane Williamson-led side at Hyderabad. SRH has struggled off late, losing three matches in a row, and they have plenty of issues to solve as well - be it with their lower order or their bowling attack, that has big names but has failed to click.
CSK on the other hand are in ominous form, with their bowlers leading the way for them this season. They defeated SRH in all four games last year - two in the league stages, and two in the play-offs, including one in the finals - and will carry forward that psychological edge into this game as well. The track at Hyderabad is a tough one for batting, with teams chasing losing three out of four times this year. Both sides have a number of spinners, but with Rashid Khan not yet displaying his best, SRH will be on the back-foot.
Imran Tahir from CSK is second in line for the Purple Cap, and he will be the key player for this game.
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Bairstow has amassed 304 runs in IPL 2019 so far, including hitting 41 in the last game against Delhi Capitals. The Englishman also has a hundred to his name, and he, along with David Warner have been the key players for SRH