Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Chennai April 24, 2013

Chennai test awaits Sunrisers bowlers

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Match facts

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

How did they do it? Sunrisers Hyderabad were at best predicted to be spirited also-rans, but despite their supposed weaknesses, they are near the top end of the table. Their run until now has been as unexpected as Delhi Daredevils' rut and the surprise is visible in Dale Steyn's smirk every time he is interviewed after a tight win. In Chennai, where they will be without their in-form allrounder - Thisara Perera, against a home team that has enough ammunition in their batting to raze their bowling attack, Sunrisers' pluck is going to get seriously tested.

Sunrisers' balance is going to take a hit in the absence of Perera who has been their top run-scorer and has picked up nine wickets. With Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra, they still have bite in their bowling, but it's their batting which continues to be a headache. They left out Kumar Sangakkara in the last two matches to allow Quinton de Kock time to settle in preparation for this match, but that move has had zero results. With Perera missing, they are in serious need of some good news on the batting front. One came yesterday - Shikhar Dhawan took part in training on Tuesday evening and could feature in Chennai.

Chennai Super Kings have no such issues. After a scratchy start to the tournament, they have had three wins a row. Their bowling strangled the opposition in two of those games and their batting rose to the occasion in the third. Suresh Raina, who had a quiet start to the tournament, also showed signs of returning to form with a half-century in the last match. Faf du Plessis is also available for selection. No question then who starts this match as a favourite. However, Sunrisers can take encouragement from the fact that Pune Warriors sneaked out a win in Chennai too.

Form guide

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Players to watch

While Amit Mishra has been hogging the limelight, Sunrisers' other legspinner Karan Sharma has quietly cemented his place in the side. In the three matches he has played, he has picked up four wickets and has been miserly with an economy of 5.62. It is because of support acts like Karan that Sunrisers haven't had any loose ends in their bowling. In the absence of Perera, Karan would be expected to step up against Super Kings' big-hitting left-handers.

Michael Hussey is in the middle of a productive run and his last five innings read - 88, 40 65*, 6, 86*. The solidity he has provided at the top of the order has helped in laying the platform for the power hitters, who could be susceptible in situations that need them to graft. If he can keep Steyn and Co at bay early, a big chunk of Super Kings' job would be considered done.

Stats and trivia

  • Super Kings have scored less than 130 just once this season. Sunrisers, on the other hand, have crossed 130 two times in seven attempts.
  • Only four Sunrisers batsmen have a strike-rate of more than 100 this season - Mishra, Perera, Steyn and Ashish Reddy.

Quotes

"The batsman is already struggling against Steyn and then he has to face a ball delivered by Ishant from eight feet high."
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach Waqar Younis

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JamesSmithee on April 25, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Perera is in great form with bat and ball. His absence can make big different to him rather the team. When you are in great form you should not sit in the bench at least for single match. It will destroy your momentum. I have seen plenty of examples in the past. Resting 1,2 matches used to make things happening in opposite way.

  • Nampally on April 25, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    IPL is at half way mark. It is time to sort out men from Boys! SRH thrived in low scoring matches but struggled when the total went beyond 150. This match certainly is a challenge for SRH bowlers to keep the total within their reach to win the match. Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Mishra, Karan Sharma & Sammy will have to pull out their best skills to do so. Unless they keep CSK <150, SRH has little chance of winning. CSK are in full cry now with their top seven batsmen in form. Fortunately their bowling is still not quite there. So SRH has room to get their batting going. Dhawan has to come out big along with White, Lynn or De Kock, + local talent Samantray, Vihari, P. Patel, A.Reddy & Mishra. SRH played as a "Team" so far. Hence the absence of Perera & Sanga will also upset their team chemistry! How well the team chemistry holds is also a challenge. CSK is a team of individuals with strong starter in Hussey & Vijay + finishers in Dhoni, Jadeja & Bravo. SRH win if their bowlers show up.

  • dummy4fb on April 25, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Thisara perera is sunrisers main player and for non cricketing reasons he has to sit out leaving a huge void in the big hitting department of the team. Shikhar dhawan could provide stability at the top but if he can adjust straight after an injury layoff is to be seen. Considering CSK's big hitting left handers including sir ji , I think Mishra n Sharma are going to have less impact. The only X factor and positive for SRH could be steyn and Ishant bowling in tandem. Batting wise I don't see them scoring more than 140 chasing or batting first.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 25, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Well, Its gonna be an interesting contest. SRH bowlers vs CSK batsmen. The danger man is Hussey. He is in a terrific form. Anyway I hope Dhawan n co. won't find it too hard to deal with CSK bowling attack. Btw watch out for Asswin. Its just not coz of his bowling, but he has a tendency to mankad batsmen. lol And I hope that Perera's replacement would justify his inclusion. G'luck SRH !!!

  • Narbavi on April 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: There you go, the great expert's guide for SRH, Duminy isn't even in india to play this ipl, and by the way all you care about is humiliating CSK, shows your jealousy, lol

  • pawankurella on April 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    SRH is now into real test in this phase of the tournment facing csk,mi,rr have to prove first five wins are not fluke!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Chennai very lucky this season and last season too, the hussey run-out decision,RP No-ball,and last season when they were completely out of the tournament when Deccan chargers gave it all and brought them back in. Their bowling is also pathetic because its nothing but bits and pieces players playing . As for their batting its nothing but hussey and dhoni.If you be sloppy like KKR and RR (giving unnecessary run outs, poor shots at the time,poor fielding) you lose. but if be sprited and tight like MI and PWI you win.

  • dummy4fb on April 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings M Hussey, M Vijay, S Raina, S Badrinath, M S Dhoni (C & WK), D Bravo, R Jadeja, A Morkel, C Morris, R Ashwin & S Jakati A Morkel & S Jakati (IN) & J Holder & M Sharma (OUT)

    The reason for bringing in A Morkel & S Jakati is to have a stronger bowling attack than the previous match against the royals. And The players left out also have not been very consistent for 'The Lions'.

    SUNRISERS HYDERABAD Akshath Reddy,P Patel, H Vihari, J P Duminy, C White (C),D Sammy, D Steyn, I Sharma, A Mishra, K Sharma & Ashish Reddy P Patel, J P Duminy & D Sammy (IN) & T Perera, Q De Kock & B Samantray (OUT)

    Its quite unfortunate that SRH have to leave out T Perera, who has been in outstanding form this season. Q De Kock has been out of form and has no idea about playing in Indian Conditions. So now we have J P Duminy, who has performed quite well for their previous franchisee and of course D Sammy who has been itching to play for a long time. Now, its up to them to step up.

  • ramv11 on April 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Dear Mr. Hussey,

    I have written before that you are hurting CSK and you should be dropped. But you showed what you are capable of in the last CSK game.

    After that game, you said that the high target allowed you to play without any pressure. So, please play every game as if the target is 200.

    Vijay is poorly out of form and CSK needs at least one opener to fire away. You are known to play to the situation. The situation demands that you take Vijay's role.

    This means that you should hit over the in-field in the first six overs. This means that CSK strike rate should be above eight and close to nine in the first 10 overs.

    Thank you.

  • dummy4fb on April 25, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    what happened to sudeep tyagi??