Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Face-off: Faf du Plessis vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar
CSK vs SRH, IPL 2020: Faf du Plessis will play against the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Friday.© BCCI / IPL
While Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is struggling to establish its foothold in the IPL 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is not much better for both. Both have won one match each and CSK are in last place on the table, SRH is just one step up, that too by just run-rate. If there is one person from either side who has been stable, it is Faf du Plessis, the South African opener. Without them, CSK could possibly be worse in terms of run-rate. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the SRH fast bowler who is expected to lead the franchise bowling, has been inconsistent, but his rhythm was traced during his win over the Delhi Capitals.
Du Plessis has played three matches for CSK so far, scoring 173 runs in his kitty at a strike rate of 149.13. Overall, the South African has played 74 IPL matches to score 2,026 runs with 14 fifties at a strike rate of 128.39.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also participated in all three SRH matches, and wicketkeeping in the first two matches before coming good with a return of 2/25 against Delhi Capital.
Overall, Bhubaneswar has been in the thick of things. He has played 120 matches in the IPL so far, taking 135 wickets and winning at an economy rate of 7.24.
Both sides need reassurance and victory, key players will be important. Therefore, the face-to-face position between du Plessis and Bhubaneswar may be good.
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com