CSK had hit it off this season by taking the top spot in the league tables, although DC has just displaced them at the top. SRH, on the other hand, is out of the contest for a playoff spot with a dismal season. But that won’t affect them going head-to-head with each other. Sportsmen play for pride and to prove themselves! What makes the contest interesting is the stark contrast in the performance of the teams so far in the league. Let the facts speak for themselves.
When it comes to batting performance, the total number of runs is a good indicator of the performance in the league. So let’s compare the batsmen of both teams based on runs scored so far in the league.
|RANK||PLAYER||RUNS IN IPL 2021||TEAM|
|2||Faf du Plessis||460||CSK|
As can be seen in the table, when it comes to high scorers, CSK packs a punch. However, in a T20, it is also important that you score at an aggressive pace. Let’s compare the strike rates of the batsmen of both teams.
|RANK||PLAYER||STRIKE RATE IN IPL 2021||TEAM|
|6||Faf du Plessis||137.72||CSK|
CSK also has more explosive power in batting, as can be seen. Although consistency is not exactly an important parameter when it comes to the T20 format, let’s take a look at the batting averages.
|RANK||PLAYER||BATTING AVG IN IPL 2021||TEAM|
|3||Faf du Plessis||46||CSK|
Even when it comes to batting averages, CSK has more batsmen at the top of the table as compared to SRH. Based on these three key parameters, CSK has the upper hand when it comes to batting. A combination of hard hitters and high scorers can take apart any bowling attack on their day.
Let’s take a look at another important part of the game – the bowling performance. Again we dive into numbers and statistics to let them speak for themselves. We start with a ranking of wicket-taking bowlers in the game from the two teams.
|RANK||PLAYER||WICKETS TAKEN IN IPL 2021||TEAM|
CSK bowlers seem to be doing a great job. They have painted the table of top wicket-takers yellow with an impressive performance. Compared to CSK, SRH has only two contenders in Rashid Khan and Jason Holder.
Although bowlers do get taken for a ride in the T20 format, let’s also look at who was good at containing the batsmen.
|RANK||PLAYER||ECON RATE IN IPL 2021||TEAM|
|7||Mujeeb Ur Rehman||7.25||SRH|
The SRH bowlers seem to be good at containing the batsmen and keeping a lower economy rate. However, games are won by taking wickets. The advantage of a low economy rate is usually not a match-winner alone.
CSK seems to be the better team when compared to SRH, as it has fared well in both batting and bowling. SRH has a lot of work to do when it comes to player selection and team structuring. The performance by SRH players can, at best, be termed “average.” But IPL being a high-stakes league, the “average” is easily washed out by superior performance.