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

Dew likely to shape CSK-Sunrisers clash

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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.

Quotes

"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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  • Nampally on September 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    SRH is a team that thrives on the teamwork. On the other hand CSK is a power house in batting right up to #8. CSK has power hitters like Hussey, Raina, Dhoni & Bravo. CSK is capable of scoring 200 runs in T20. Hence the SRH bowling has to be steady & contain the CSK total to 160. However the CSK bowling is weak and relies heavily on M. Sharma, Morris,Bravo, Ashwin & Jadeja to produce. In the last match neither Jadeja nor Ashwin bowled well. If they persist with the same form, SRH has a real chance of getting a big total. So the real trick is for SRH ace Dhawan to bat one end thru' the innings & hope the batsmen at the other end contribute. Patel, Duminy, Perera, Sammy & Vihari can contribute if they apply themselves. Karan Sharma & Mishra can swing their bats too. Karan & Mishra have bowled well on Hyderabad pitch. Hopefully they will be utilised fully in addition to Dhawan, as spinners. Seamers Steyn, Perera & Sammy need their best spells. Can SRH teamwork topple the Giants CSK?

  • AMCAMV on September 25, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    It is a real test for CSK, this time around the sunrisers have a good batting order till 7, would like to see a fight between the two immense power hitting teams, with the likes of hussey vs dhawan, patel vs vijay, bravo vs sammy, jadeja vs perera, king of all finishers MSD and able lions Raina and albie morkel.The bowling looks similar, mohit vs ishant, morris vs steyn, ashwin&jadeja vs ojha CSK will prevail this tough test of hyderabad as CSK IS THE BEST. good luck MSD and the yellow jerseys, baba.

  • 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.

  • on September 26, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Battle of Dhoni & Shikhor. I like it.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • SurlyCynic 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.

  • 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • teju4cricinfo 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!!

  • Nampally on September 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    SRH is a team that thrives on the teamwork. On the other hand CSK is a power house in batting right up to #8. CSK has power hitters like Hussey, Raina, Dhoni & Bravo. CSK is capable of scoring 200 runs in T20. Hence the SRH bowling has to be steady & contain the CSK total to 160. However the CSK bowling is weak and relies heavily on M. Sharma, Morris,Bravo, Ashwin & Jadeja to produce. In the last match neither Jadeja nor Ashwin bowled well. If they persist with the same form, SRH has a real chance of getting a big total. So the real trick is for SRH ace Dhawan to bat one end thru' the innings & hope the batsmen at the other end contribute. Patel, Duminy, Perera, Sammy & Vihari can contribute if they apply themselves. Karan Sharma & Mishra can swing their bats too. Karan & Mishra have bowled well on Hyderabad pitch. Hopefully they will be utilised fully in addition to Dhawan, as spinners. Seamers Steyn, Perera & Sammy need their best spells. Can SRH teamwork topple the Giants CSK?

  • AMCAMV on September 25, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    It is a real test for CSK, this time around the sunrisers have a good batting order till 7, would like to see a fight between the two immense power hitting teams, with the likes of hussey vs dhawan, patel vs vijay, bravo vs sammy, jadeja vs perera, king of all finishers MSD and able lions Raina and albie morkel.The bowling looks similar, mohit vs ishant, morris vs steyn, ashwin&jadeja vs ojha CSK will prevail this tough test of hyderabad as CSK IS THE BEST. good luck MSD and the yellow jerseys, baba.

  • 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.

  • on September 26, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Battle of Dhoni & Shikhor. I like it.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • SurlyCynic 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.

  • 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • teju4cricinfo 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!!

  • 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..

  • 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 :)

  • on September 26, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    CSK will clinch their victory. Dhoni given good dinner to his teammates yesterday night at his Home....

  • on September 26, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Shekar Dhawan, Tushara Parera and Darren Samy are the key players for SRH, the side which takes catches and blow to their strengths would win. Sloppy fielding and missed chances will lead to disaster. This is a pressure match the team which holds their nerves and play sensibly will excel.

  • THOR7 on September 26, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    hey guys... Don't fight.. whoever who wins the toss today will bowl first and no matter what the team batting first gets, team batting second will chase it down... Hope SRH will win today...

  • on September 26, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Ranchi raining hard :( So badly wanted to watch Steyn against Dhoni :(

  • on September 26, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Whether its CSK or SRH first of all the toss is the vital and the the strange things is first 6 overs..If tey wont lost any wkts with in 6 overs assured that teh batting team first they score mammoth total..

    Boss..who said CSK is the weak in bowling?The format is 20/20 and we have sean evidently even the great Dale steyn was bunished immersely by simple batsman man ..and what poor bowler can do just 4 overs and just one ball or one pover the gampling gear is just shifting to opponnent..sowhat i feel and guess is 20/20 is batsman dominanted game and CSK make very nicely according to teh condition ireespective of teh bowling because they are the team almost 90% unchnaged and they are deserve for that since thrice they won the overall..and for SRH we all know its miinnow team even it wont stand fully against RCB/RR/MI and also CSK in the past..so ...whoever is winning the doss and if they bat first score 180-200 plus runs on board or if opt for bowling restrict opponent 150+..

  • on September 26, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Other than Steyn , no Sun riser's bowler is going to pose a threat to CSK batsmen . Although CSK's bowling is not very strong , their batting and fielding will see the team breeze past Sun risers . CSK is quite capable of scoring 200 runs in 20 overs , irrespective of the conditions .

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  • on September 26, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    SRHmainly rely on foreigners and dhawan. no one else has really clicked.CSK at times can flop in batting, like they did against MI twice last year.this will be a good match, but CSK will come up trumps

  • sachinisawesome on September 26, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    @Blade-Runner if its one of those lucky days for "Iron man". I don't think parera will have any impact in todays game.

  • Blade-Runner on September 26, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Thisara "Iron Man" Perera is gonna destroy CSK bowlers today and that pretty much sums up the result of the today's game. G'day to y'all !

  • THOR7 on September 26, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Guys can someone please tell me if the "Fantasy Team" game on for CLT20??? Please tell me how to access that coz I can only see the Ashes!

  • on September 26, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    All Dhawan has to do is to win the toss ask CSK to bat and restrict them to 160. Then himself, JP and Perera have to bat well. No point of talking about the young indian SRH players. They've proven nothing

  • ladycricfan on September 26, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    How many people think CLT20 a fair tournament? Number of teams from each country varies from country to country. The name champions league itself is an abnormally, because not all of them are champions. Share holding pattern is a mystery. Looks like CSA and CA getting free shares and other countries getting none.

    Make it an invitation tournament.

    All 8 IPL teams+8 champions from other countries including Bangladesh = 16 teams. Divide into four groups of 4 teams each. Each groups consists of 2IPL teams. + 2 non IPL teams. Each team plays other once, makes 24 matches in the group stage. Top 2 in each play QF. A1 v B2, B1 v A2, C1 v D2, C2 v D1 Then semi and finals.

    Altogether 31 matches. Only 4 matches will have no IPL team in group stages. IPL teams can play in their home grounds and stadiums will be full and will give IPL like atmosphere.

  • on September 26, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    CSK bowling is weak and relies heavily on M. Sharma, Morris,Bravo, Ashwin & Jadeja

    hahah lol @nampally - thats the bowlers CSK got and obviously bowling relies on bowlers..

  • vxttemp on September 26, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @nampally(is a featured commeent :-)) "However the CSK bowling is weak and relies heavily on M. Sharma, Morris,Bravo, Ashwin & Jadeja to produce" - LOL. You named 5 bowlers on which CSK depends heavily. I'm not saying whether these bowlers are good or bad but once you name 5 bowlers on which a team relies heavily, it is a good bowling unit. A team's bowling is considered weak when it relies heavily on a single bowler or no bowler. Maybe you want to say "all these bowlers are not dependable these days" :-)

  • calcu on September 26, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Cricket has so many varieties. Is there any sport in the world where dew and weather can play such a big role?

  • sweetspot on September 26, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Strange thing about this match - if CSK chase, there's no game on - too much is stacked in favour of team batting second and CSK has too much firepower and ability. If CSK bat first, thrills in store because that will be a better match of abilities, since SRH needs a little prop to their batting and they are a really good bowling unit.

  • sachinisawesome on September 26, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @ Otuwa he has performed and has become one of the better all rounders in world cricket right now. I will tell you who are overrated. Kushal parera is overated as he has done nothing to be even playing in international team. Chandimal is overrated in sri lanka. He is the T20 captain with a SR of 90 and average of 13. Mahela jaywardene is overrated as he has played over 400 matches and is averaging only 32. Jadeja has actually exceeded the expectations. He was the bowler of the tournament in CT. Please provide stats to prove your allegations.

  • Falew on September 26, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Jadeja is the most overrated cricket in recent past,Let's see what he can do??

  • Krish51289 on September 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Please dont compare Dhoni's capitancy to anyone. Dhawan is growing as a player now not as a captain. know that Dhoni is one of the great captains in world cricket and he is among the best for indian cricket.!!!

  • teju4cricinfo on September 26, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    This is an another interesting battle between two IPL teams after the MI vs RR match in this CLT20!! Though MI is a latest IPL winning team, RR won against them & SRH will do the same against another big team CSK. Hopefully, this time RR & SRH will come to semis and we would see some difference in the league otherwise, it would be boring to see CSK & MI. Everyone are talking about batting powers but nobody commented on SRH's bowling attack. If SRH bowls first, they may restrict CSK to a below 140 score. Though they couldn't restrict CSK in IPL match in Hyderabad, they would take a revenge here in Ranchi. All The Best Dhawan!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 26, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I am sick and tired of hearing so much about dew in a cricket game. If dew is such a problem, why not play all games during the day ? Yes, how about playing double headers in the day and broadcast it on 2 channels ? Dew makes it unfair for teams. We saw how T&T struggled to cope with it the previous night. It would be a shame if the finals of this competition is decided on who wins the toss and bowls first. CLT20 organizers PLEASE take note !

  • jayarajmohan on September 26, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    This match between dhoni captaincy vs dawan captaincy, to wait and see dawan impact any trouble CSK skipper. good luck dawan

  • Siva_Bala75 on September 26, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Tonight expect Vijay, Dhoni and Jadeja to contribute well to make CSK a true team.

  • VVSR92 on September 26, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Csk are favorites srh can create a oppurtunity for themselves if the pick up early wickets of csk top order.Csk are expected to score 60 runs easily in last 5 overs isnce srh lacks death bowling strength & csk has great fire power in its batting.Thus the first 6 overs in batting & bowling are crucial for srh if they stand a chance of winning the game.

  • on September 26, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    SRH needs teamwork.Poor fielding will be major factor Vihari and Asishreddy are tourists in SRH team .Unfortunately options are limited Samanth Ray is better.Sharma is big draw back in the field .SRH are underdogs .Foreign players both sides doing excellent job

  • Krish51289 on September 26, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    CSK is a team to chase any score in T20's. They have batters like Hussy, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo and Morkel. They have a players to can attack and defence at the any stage of the game. CSK need to bat second if they win the toss. Dew will be the main factor of this match. Chasing team have a chance to win this match Even any team would score 180-200 at batted first. SRH need to change their batting order duminy should be bat at 3rd. For CSK Dhoni must bat at 4th. We have waiting for Dhoni Cameo for long time. Come on CSK. CLT20 is for CSK. We as a team to can win any team. All The Best to Dhoni & Co. All the best to SRH also. Play weel guys. We want most exciting match to watch:)!!!

  • Anurag-Singh on September 25, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Hanuma Vihari doesn't seem to be cut out for T20s.. He can be a decent 50 over or test candidate.. Just doesn't have the skills for T20s..

  • Anurag-Singh on September 25, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Hanuma Vihari doesn't seem to be cut out for T20s.. He can be a decent 50 over or test candidate.. Just doesn't have the skills for T20s..

  • Krish51289 on September 26, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    CSK is a team to chase any score in T20's. They have batters like Hussy, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo and Morkel. They have a players to can attack and defence at the any stage of the game. CSK need to bat second if they win the toss. Dew will be the main factor of this match. Chasing team have a chance to win this match Even any team would score 180-200 at batted first. SRH need to change their batting order duminy should be bat at 3rd. For CSK Dhoni must bat at 4th. We have waiting for Dhoni Cameo for long time. Come on CSK. CLT20 is for CSK. We as a team to can win any team. All The Best to Dhoni & Co. All the best to SRH also. Play weel guys. We want most exciting match to watch:)!!!

  • on September 26, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    SRH needs teamwork.Poor fielding will be major factor Vihari and Asishreddy are tourists in SRH team .Unfortunately options are limited Samanth Ray is better.Sharma is big draw back in the field .SRH are underdogs .Foreign players both sides doing excellent job

  • VVSR92 on September 26, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Csk are favorites srh can create a oppurtunity for themselves if the pick up early wickets of csk top order.Csk are expected to score 60 runs easily in last 5 overs isnce srh lacks death bowling strength & csk has great fire power in its batting.Thus the first 6 overs in batting & bowling are crucial for srh if they stand a chance of winning the game.

  • Siva_Bala75 on September 26, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Tonight expect Vijay, Dhoni and Jadeja to contribute well to make CSK a true team.

  • jayarajmohan on September 26, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    This match between dhoni captaincy vs dawan captaincy, to wait and see dawan impact any trouble CSK skipper. good luck dawan

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 26, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I am sick and tired of hearing so much about dew in a cricket game. If dew is such a problem, why not play all games during the day ? Yes, how about playing double headers in the day and broadcast it on 2 channels ? Dew makes it unfair for teams. We saw how T&T struggled to cope with it the previous night. It would be a shame if the finals of this competition is decided on who wins the toss and bowls first. CLT20 organizers PLEASE take note !

  • teju4cricinfo on September 26, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    This is an another interesting battle between two IPL teams after the MI vs RR match in this CLT20!! Though MI is a latest IPL winning team, RR won against them & SRH will do the same against another big team CSK. Hopefully, this time RR & SRH will come to semis and we would see some difference in the league otherwise, it would be boring to see CSK & MI. Everyone are talking about batting powers but nobody commented on SRH's bowling attack. If SRH bowls first, they may restrict CSK to a below 140 score. Though they couldn't restrict CSK in IPL match in Hyderabad, they would take a revenge here in Ranchi. All The Best Dhawan!!

  • Krish51289 on September 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Please dont compare Dhoni's capitancy to anyone. Dhawan is growing as a player now not as a captain. know that Dhoni is one of the great captains in world cricket and he is among the best for indian cricket.!!!

  • Falew on September 26, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Jadeja is the most overrated cricket in recent past,Let's see what he can do??