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IPL 2021, SRH vs CSK Preview: Chennai Super Kings set to secure playoff spot

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Chennai Super Kings have moved closer to cementing their place in the IPL 2021 playoffs.© IPL

After a dominant performance in the UAE, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are almost there as far as a place in the playoffs, continuing from where they left off in the first half of the IPL 2021 season in India. It’s a question of making. Set to face bottom-ranked Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday, a win would mathematically ensure a top three spot in the standings for CSK. A win would also see them consolidate their top spot in the IPL table, with Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals currently level on points with a game more and a lower net run rate.

CSK will look to make some corrections from their last game, when a late Ravindra Jadeja saw them win from the jaws of defeat.

Both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis gave CSK a good start in their chase and the team would be hoping for a similarly strong start.

As far as SRH is concerned, the playoff spot is not completely out of the equation mathematically. But with four points from 10 matches, their hopes are just as good at this stage.

Nevertheless, Kane Williamson’s team will be hoping for a positive end to the campaign. A seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their last game would have helped dampen their confidence.

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Jason Roy scored a half-century after David Warner was brought in in the playing XI and the Englishman may have done enough to earn a place in the line-up for the rest of the game.

Jason Holder has been one of the better players in the team in the UAE and will be the key to their hopes against CSK.

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