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Chennai Playing XI – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali (In for Dwayne Bravo), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK/C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi (In for Imran Tahir), Deepak Chahar
Hyderabad Playing XI – David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey (In for Virat Singh), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Sharma (In for Abhishek Sharma), Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni, says that they were looking to bowl first. Dhoni says the wicket looks tacky and the bys who practices yesterday said there was a lot of dew and in that situation, they want to chase. Dhoni says so far it has been good but in such a tournament, one needs to keep improving. Tells bowling with dew is an area they are looking to improve. Dhoni informs that they have made couple of changes as Lungi Ngidi and Moeen Ali come back into the side for Bravo and Tahir.
David Warner, the Hyderabad skipper, says that they are going to bat as they haven’t done it yet. Adds that the surface has a nice grass coverage and should stay true throughout the match. Says that they are here with a clear mind and need to do the basics right. Informs that there are two changes. Abhishek Sharma and Virat Singh miss out and Sandeep Sharma and Manish Pandey are back.
TOSS – We are all set for the coin to go up for the first time this season in Delhi. Chennai’s captain cool, MS Dhoni is out in the middle. Talismanic Australian and captain of Hyderabad, David Warner joins him out in the middle. MS Dhoni has the coin in hand. Up it goes. Warner calls Heads and it comes down as Heads. HYDERABAD OPT TO BAT!
PITCH REPORT – Nick Knight and Anjum Chopra are the pitch gurus for the evening. Nick Knight says that the outfield is green and lush. Anjum Chopra says that she loves this surface as the groundsman has got a lot of time to prepare. Tells it was needed as it was very tough to play strokes the last time a game was played here in the league. Anjum says that there will be dew after 8 pm and adds that this surface looks good for batting.
The action now moves to the national capital! It is time for Ms Dhoni and his team to take on Hyderabad. Chennai have won 4 matches in a row whereas Hyderabad has managed to win just one. Plenty for play for today. If Chennai wins, they will solidify their position in the top 4. On the other hand, Hyderabad need a win to turn things around. With that, a warm welcome to our coverage of this game. Stay tuned for toss and more updates…
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