About the Match
With 6 points Sunrisers Hyderabad will host Chennai Super Kings, who have 12 points and are at number one spot at the moment, at Hyderabad on 2nd May. The hosts are placed at fifth position and this will be a crucial match for their campaign going forward; on the other hand, CSK has recently lost the match against KKR and are looking to strengthen their position. The contest could swing either way and we are sure to witness some entertaining shots by the batsmen from both sides on Saturday.
Chennai Super Kings
They failed to set a humungous target against KKR in the last game and went on to pay the price for it by losing the match by 7 wickets in a close contest; with Smith and Raina back in the stands early on, McCullum, Plessis and Bravo tried to build the foundation but they too staggered. Bravo and Jadeja combined well to post a 57-run stand for the 6th wicket while Negi contributed with 27 off 13 balls. Though the target was defendable, the bowlers didn’t find as many breaks as they would have wanted and gave away too many runs. However, in the previous match they had defeated the same opponent by narrow margin of 2 runs; this time defending a paltry total of 134 runs after Ashwin and Bravo claimed 5 wickets between them to upset KKR batsmen. The team is looking solid with consistent performances but they need to come out all guns blazing against the Sunrisers, who have a tougher bowling attack consisting of stalwarts like Steyn and Boult. The players are high on confidence and they look determined to go ahead with a win here.
They recently won their game against Kings XI Punjab by 20 runs but had lost to Mumbai Indians in the game before that by the same margin. Warner and Dhawan have been firing from all cylinders in recent contests and look good to go in the next match too; the middle order has players like Henriques, Ojha, Rahul and Bopara who can deliver results when needed. On the bowling front, Trent Boult, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Steyn have been consistent with the wickets while Praveen Kumar and Karn Sharma can provide the variety in the attack. In the match against Kings XI, the batsmen set a target of 150 runs wherein Warner posted a brilliant 58 off 41 while Henriques and Ojha combined to post a 45-run stand for the 4th wicket. Boult with figures of 3-19 and others claiming wickets at regular pace helped the team dismiss the opponents for 130 runs. Against Mumbai, they failed to chase 157 with Warner getting out at 9 and the middle order crumbling under pressure. This is a high pressure match at home which they need to win if they want to stay alive in the campaign.
Sunrisers have the home advantage and an attacking bowling squad, but Chennai Super Kings have bounce back and register a win here after their recent loss to continue to reign supreme on the points table with a win here. Sunrisers have the momentum and largely because of their supreme bowling and Warner's form, I think they'll register yet another win here.