Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, CLT20, Ranchi September 25, 2013

Dew likely to shape CSK-Sunrisers clash


Match facts

September 26, 2013
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Both Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad are coming off successful chases in their opening games. Super Kings made a chase of 186 look ridiculously easy in Ranchi, with Titans failing to control a rampaging top order with heavy dew around. The wet ball was a big factor and will continue to be so since the forthcoming game between Super Kings and Sunrisers begins late in the evening. Chasing might not be a bad idea and as allrounder Albie Morkel said on the eve of the game, the toss will be a big factor.

Sunrisers' chase against Trinidad and Tobago wasn't as clinical, since it went down to the final over. Shikhar Dhawan played only a minor role though it was good from Sunrisers' perspective that the lower order proved themselves when a challenge presented itself. Thisara Perera's fearless hitting made the difference and Super Kings would have to strategise how to contain the big hitters like Perera and Darren Sammy. However, Sunrisers weren't their sharpest in the field on Tuesday and that's an area they need to improve on.

Super Kings will be concerned that their bowlers leaked 185. They have relied on spinners to pull the run-rate back but against Titans, seven overs of spin cost them 85 runs.

In the spotlight

Dwayne Bravo's cameo 38 off 26 balls helped Super Kings edge closer to victory against Titans and he picked up two wickets as well as Titans looked to accelerate towards the end. However, he has struggled as a death bowler in recent one-dayers for West Indies, something he had admitted needed plenty of improvement. His first two overs against Titans went for 23, but he came back well in his next two, conceding 11 and taking those two wickets. He could use the ongoing T20s to sharpen his death-bowling skills.

Sunrisers' younger Indian batsmen have yet to shine in this tournament, starting from the qualifiers. Biplab Samantray, batting in the top order, was dropped after scores of 0 and 8; Hanuma Vihari made a cautious 18-ball 13 against T&T, and in the same match Ashish Reddy was out for a first-ball duck. Teams that aren't overdependent on overseas players and bigger names tend to be more successful than others. If the younger players can click, it could help Sunrisers in a big way.


"This is probably the most dew I've seen on a cricket field."
Chennai Super Kings allrounder Albie Morkel on the conditions in Ranchi after the game against Titans

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on September 26, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    srh are on a roll and I expect csk big guns to surrender against dhawan and co.perera sammy ate too good to be contained .expecting dhawan to lead from front and knock out csk.

  • Android on September 26, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Battle of Dhoni & Shikhor. I like it.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    If only Dhawan can do a Dhoni, CSK can be defeated. Firstly, get your best XI to play. Have a plan, and a back up plan. Have a strategy against each batsman. If you don't know your field placements, learn from Dhoni. Inspire confidence in your men. Follow Dhoni. Make full use of your bowlers, even Karan Sharma. Get him to bowl googlies, and use his legbreaks as the surprise weapon. Dhoni would do that. Have a fun game.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    come on ppl i agree that this is a really strong team CSK but remember 20 overs is just too short for all their batsmen and their bowling line up is not a good form currently so I would like to fancy the chances of SRH in this match if styn in form again we might just pull trough go SRH

  • des on September 26, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    CSK are so strong, because all the way down to Morkel they have destructive batsmen who can clear the boundary. It only needs one or two to fire and then they can achieve a huge score, and very rarely will all 8 fail in only 20 overs.

    In future years all T20 teams will try to have batting lineups like this, teams like the Titans and RCB which rely on a couple of big hitters are too vulnerable in an ultra-attacking format like T20.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    for punters, plz wait until the first innings, or first 15 overs, if super kings bats first and score 160 to 180 it will be chaseable, so be careful. dont burn ur fingers.

  • sree on September 26, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    CSK should win this hands down. Again SRH should look to innovate heavily if they want to cause any discomfort to CSK, lest it will be a cake walk for them. Everybody knows complete 20 over bowling order of SRH. My innovation will be to have Karn sharma open the bowling with a long on and deep square leg, inviting Hussey and then Raina to play in the air or to take the risk of playing over covers against spin. I seriously wonder SRH have ever thought about something called as strategy? Dhoni is too much of a pro if you don't have a strategy. My prediction on cause and effect: SRH will win only if they change their bowling and batting orders.

  • Teja on September 26, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    SRH has got enough match winners in their team!! If Steyn & Mishra bowl well today, they may restrict CSK to a below 140 score. Don't forget that they restricted many times to a very less scores in the latest IPL. If they bowl first and they definitely will restrict CSK to a very less total. Lets hope for a match to be happen as there are chances for rain today in Ranchi. I would like to see Dhawan punish all CSK bowlers. Ashish Reddy has to be clicked in this match and he is a very good all rounder. Karan Sharma can hit well too and he proved it in the last match as well. In SRH, all the players can bat well except Ishanth and all can bowl well.

    All the Best SRH!! and All the Best Dhawan!!

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Who will advise Ishant, in absence of Dhoni in death overs? I wonder Dhoni himself give words from striker's end...Both are Champions of Champions Trophy..

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Steyn seems to be very rusty and that is a BIG problem for SRH. I wonder why Dhawan is not using Karan Sharma's 4 overs. Ishant is leaking runs and badly. And definitely the local SRH batters are a HUGE problem.Go SRH :)