About the Match
The final IPL days are coming closer as things are getting tighter at the top of the table with every passing game. A few days ago, Chennai was sitting pretty at the top of the table; they are sitting comfortably now too, but would still have to play well to finish in the top two so as to gain added incentive. Chennai would be taking on spirited Sunrisers Hyderabad on 8th May in what would be a crucial game for both sides. SRH have again dropped to fifth place, due to good wins posted by both Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. Chennai may look well placed, but a win would almost ascertain their chances. It is expected to be a cracker of a game.
Chennai Super Kings:
Who would have thought that a team which bats so deep would be bowled out for lowest total of the season and that too while chasing a modest total of 140? Chennai would be shattered by their last loss and would be itching to comeback and show their mettle. Chennai has been superb playing away as they’ve lost just one out of their five away games. Ben Laughlin proved to be a weak link as he was thrashed all around the park in death overs by Sharma and Bhajji. They have the players who are one of the leaders in orange and purple cap. Hussey is just behind Gayle and he would like this game to count for both his team and the orange cap. Bravo has bowled well and he’s one of the toppers in Purple cap holders. CSK is a team full of match winners and it is always going to be difficult to beat them.
Despite many ups and downs, Sunrisers have managed to keep themselves in the hunt for the playoffs. Much credit goes to their bowlers who have always come to the rescue of the poor work done by their bowlers. Dale Steyn may not be at the top of purple cap list, but he has arguably been the best bowler of IPL thus far. Ishant and Mishra have joined the party as others have chipped in with some crucial breakthroughs too. Their batting has gained in strength after the arrival of Shikhar Dhawan and they’re already looking at the winning ways. The poor form of Kumar Sangakkara is definitely worrying and Cameron White might be given a go in the next game. Darren Sammy is already proving to be a great buy along with Thisara Perera. Furthermore, they haven’t conceded a game yet at home, so beating them would be an uphill task for any side.
Chennai’s record away from home has been excellent, barring their last game. On the other hand, Hyderabad Sunrisers are still to be beaten at Hyderabad, their home ground. This game is a home game for SRH and plenty would be at stakes to take. Hyderabad Sunrisers have excellent bowling and they haven’t lost at home. CSK lost their last game, but they have a team full of match-winners with heavy away record. It’s hard to choose between the sides, but considering form, home advantage and better returns, I’m slightly inclined towards Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2.37 @ William Hill