Hyderabad v Chennai, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 7, 2013

Sunrisers' chance to move back into top four


Match facts

May 8, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

In-form teams are entitled to the odd bad day. On Sunday, Chennai Super Kings, on top with 18 points and two wins away from the playoffs, had one. Nobody would have expected the table leaders to go tumbling for 79, the lowest team score in this IPL. The captain MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming conceded it was good in a way that the meltdown happened now, rather than in the later stages, when qualifications for the playoffs are at stake. Super Kings have relied on their batting depth to get them this far, but the slow pitch in Hyderabad will test them.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, like Mumbai Indians, haven't lost a game at home. They have a chance at making it back to the top four. They are presently at No.5 and a win will knock Royal Challengers Bangalore down a notch. Momentum is on their side, after two consecutive wins.

Form guide

(most recent first) Chennai Super Kings LWWWW
Sunrisers Hyderabad WWLLW

Players to watch

Karan Sharma, the Sunrisers legspinner, has picked up five wickets from seven games this season. Not sensational numbers, but he has made a bigger impact with his economy-rate of 5.59, which is gold dust in this format. With an action similar to Zimbabwe's Paul Strang, Sharma has emerged as one of the relatively unknown Indian players to watch out for.

S Badrinath has featured in all 12 Super Kings games this season, but has been underutilised, having batted in only six innings. Badrinath has been a regular with the team since the opening IPL, but has been shunted down the order below the allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Chris Morris, unless the team is in trouble. He was promoted to No.4 against Mumbai Indians but was dismissed for a third-ball duck.

Stats and trivia

  • S Badrinath has three scores of 34 this season
  • MS Dhoni has hit the most runs off Dale Steyn in the IPL - 76 from 42 balls. It's the most Steyn has conceded to any batsman


"Four more games are left and it's a pretty long tournament to maintain your standards."
Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming

"There have been a number of games in which teams, including ours, have not scored what we felt was a par score on it. I think we have bowled particularly well on it, at times our opponents too bowled well on it. I think it is not as bad as it looks statistically. It is decently good surface."
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody on the Uppal pitch

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    I think this is a golden chance 4 SRH wid ishant & steyn in bowling & dhawan,white & perera in batting they have a strong chance to beat csk. While 4 csk they shudmove on from where they left the last match.CSK shud produce other batsmen who cn play like hussey & dhoni. 1 is du plessis he can be handy with ehe bat.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    CSK's confidence will be dented after that big loss. This is probably the best chance SRH have of beating them.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    CSK should change their opening stand, drop murali vijay for rest of tournament and open with m. Hussey and Du plessis. drop albie morkel as he is not used as bowler. also Albie morkel has lost his penetartive power in bowling. Du plessis apart from being a great batsmen is an excellen fielder. Local boy Baba Aparajit is a useful all rounder. he was awarded MOM atleast on 3 occasions for under 19 world cup. my team for rest of tournament: dhoni, hussey, duplessis, raina, badrinath, bravo, jadeja, morris, ashwin, aparajith, m.sharma. This line up can prove to be unbeatable.

  • Sreedhar Reddy on May 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    SRH's XI: Parthiv,Dawan,vihari,karan,ashish,mishra,ishant,perera,sammy,steyn,NL McCullum

  • Matrix on May 8, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    So Sorry to see CSK at this state of affairs. Its their own making. A meaningless game this should have been - had CSK played better in Mumbai.... man can a good team drop to such depths? I cannot fathom this phenomenon!

  • harish on May 8, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Sanga-Perera-Dale-Sammy this combo once dissolved. SRH would dissolve. Mishy, Ishhy, Dhawan are a compulsion. Vihari showed consolidating promise - of himself and the team's batting order. Two Reddy's are also necessary Karan cannot be dropped after a 4 overs - 8 runs spell.

    Oh - that's my XI.

  • raja on May 8, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    To all the supporters of SRH , remember one thing which is fact also That CSK is the best team of all IPL'S . CSK have lost one match other day but that doesnt mean SRH can win CSK that easily today, they are wounded lions they will come back strongly .CSK has best team combination , they will definitely prove it again today. also there is no pressure for csk to win , instead there is lots of pressure for SRH win all the balance matches where as CSK is already qualified for the playoffs. SO IT IS GOING TO BE CSK DAY TODAY!!!! CSK has match winners in remember they are in finals four times , It is going to CSK winning all the way. ALL THE BEST CSK , prove them your superiority again toady !!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    PPl.. don't go overboard with ur unquestionable loyalties towards ur teams... This is a T-20 game.Its not so easy to determine the course of the game... a crucial wicket in an over or a bad over can snatch the game away from any side. The loss suffered by CSK in the previous match shows that they are not impenetratable. That does not gaurantee that they will be wounded up just like in the previous game.Should be cautious about the team.They have a terrific finisher in the form of MS and a cunning bowler in the form of D.Bravo(who can be vicious especially in the final overs when the team is about to cruise to the victory) and a deadly combo of southpaws in the form of veteran hussey and young gun suresh raina... So need to be disciplined while fielding and bowling to such a team... Batsmen... plsss try to score at 100 SR...

  • Anwar on May 8, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    i think its high time for CSK to rest some players for the playoffs... Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhoni, raina, they have been playing continuous cricket for last 2 years.. though Jadeja just 1 year... but looking at their fitness they should be rested for 1 or 2 matches. this will also help CSK to find out the weak & the strong bench performer.. i think for today.. the playing 11 should be

    1) Hussey, 2) Du plesie, 3) Badrinath, 4) Saha, 5) Morkel, 6) Bravo (capt), 7) Aniruddha, 8) Jakati, 9) Mohit, 10) Karthikeyan, 11) Imtiaz Ahmed..

    give this guys a chance.. they will make a lot of difference.. i know this team will never happ.. but wish someguys get a chance..

  • giridhar on May 8, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    @Suresh Reddy: Fair play award is a joke ? thats wat ppl who doesn't know the value of fair play talks . Fair play points is based on on-field behavior , players behavior , OVER RATE ,Respect to opponent , tel me one incident where you see CSK involving violating this. Compare it with other teams , Virat , Gambhir , Rohit everyone of them where involved in one or the other.Including Dravid. These points are issued by Match officials ( Umpires ). More than SRH supporter you seem to be anti CSK thats why you are against fair play award :D