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

Sunrisers' chance to move back into top four

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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

Quotes

"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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  • on May 7, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    SRH did well in their last match vs CSK, I am hoping to go they win the toss and selected to bowl first. With how strong the CSK batting line up is I dont see them getting all out for under 120 runs twice in a row.Fielding is my worry & catching is my biggest worry, which needs to be improved the most as almost every match there is a dropped catch. If the score is around 140 the batsmen shouldnt look to play the entire 20 overs, it is kinda sad to see them lose a few wickets especially with even low targets like 80 vs DD. There is a game vs CSK/MI/RR left so good chance to move up the table. I hope they try to get into either 1st or 2nd slot so they get an automatic pass into CLT20 tournament. Big thing I wish to players is try and bat at 100SR because at end of match it could be a total of 10-15+ runs if they batted at 100SR. As only dhawan,white,perera,sammy have 40-50+ score & next highest is mishra with 30 odd! Not saying bat like gayles 176 but post a good total so bowlers defend.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • KSReddy4569 on May 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

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

  • crindex 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!

  • Harinasi 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.

  • vishank2009 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 !!!!

  • 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...

  • virgoan81 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..

  • on May 7, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    SRH did well in their last match vs CSK, I am hoping to go they win the toss and selected to bowl first. With how strong the CSK batting line up is I dont see them getting all out for under 120 runs twice in a row.Fielding is my worry & catching is my biggest worry, which needs to be improved the most as almost every match there is a dropped catch. If the score is around 140 the batsmen shouldnt look to play the entire 20 overs, it is kinda sad to see them lose a few wickets especially with even low targets like 80 vs DD. There is a game vs CSK/MI/RR left so good chance to move up the table. I hope they try to get into either 1st or 2nd slot so they get an automatic pass into CLT20 tournament. Big thing I wish to players is try and bat at 100SR because at end of match it could be a total of 10-15+ runs if they batted at 100SR. As only dhawan,white,perera,sammy have 40-50+ score & next highest is mishra with 30 odd! Not saying bat like gayles 176 but post a good total so bowlers defend.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • KSReddy4569 on May 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

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

  • crindex 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!

  • Harinasi 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.

  • vishank2009 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 !!!!

  • 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...

  • virgoan81 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..

  • gandhala 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

  • Aswath03021990 on May 8, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Its good time to bring Faf,baba,jakati to the playing XI for Csk:

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

    CSK's XI: Faf,hussey,raina,badri,dhoni,bravo,jadeja,morris,ashwin,mohit,jakati/baba

  • on May 8, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Todays 11 Saha , Hussey , FAF,Raina , Dhoni , Jadeja, Bravo, Morris , Ashwin , mohit sharma and Rajpoot.

  • vivekanjvisvas on May 8, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    CSK batting needs a clear and constant plan to attack. Except Dhoni, Raina and Hussey, no one seems to have a plan. Raina becomes unbelievable many times because of his shot selections. If other two mss-fire, then CSK is gone. Everyone should have a role defined and set in a champion team. Remove vijay from top and bring in Saha who looked promising. Attack from one end consistently. That will put the opposition in back foot. Attack can be even just with proper cricketing shots rather than slogs. Watch Hussey, learn cricket from Mr.Cricket !!! CSK should try Faf du Plessis by taking a foreign bowler. I prefer to have Hussey,Faf du Plessis,Bravo and Morris. Faf du Plessis has good attacking shots which will definitely demoralise any opposition on any track. Morris has great depth bowling tricks with Bravo's slow ball tricks. Hussey is the wall of CSK !! All the best CSK !! WIN 6 out of 6 remaining matches !!! I AM SURE CSK COMES TO FINAL WITH STRAIGHT WINS !!!

  • GRVJPR on May 8, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Why IPL is so long tournament. It's burning out Indian Players especially. No wonder they will struggle in champions trophy. Playing is such a heat is madness. Then they will go to very cold england weather. Complete lack of planning this is.

  • pawankurella on May 8, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Even if srh loses today they need to fight till the end and make former champions sweat......to go against one of the best teams in this competion,srh should give all it got.csk mighity as ever can't win easily considering the pitch and bowling unit they are aganist..

  • Thyagu5432 on May 8, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I think this is CSK's best chance to seal their place in the play offs. After this CSK plays, RCB, RR and DD, all of whom can beat any team on their day. SRH is exactly opposite of CSK, i.e., a strong bowling and a weak batting. However, CSK's batting is so strong (as long as they are "mentally into this match") that it nullifies SRH's bowling strength. Dhoni would be hoping for a Vijay turnaround, which is key for CSK going into the play offs.

  • lazytc007 on May 8, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @rajsuperman: Talking about shaky wins, i would say all of SRH wins except that of the DD and MI were shaky. And you do remember the lucky hat trick that got them a win right? And Albie and Vijay will perform when they need to. This should be an easy win for CSK. SRH have never scored 150 and they never will even with Dhawan in their side.

  • MadrasCity on May 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    My CSK Team For Today's Match

    FAF , Hussey , Raina , Dhoni , Badrinath , Jadeja, Bravo, Morris , Ashwin , mohit sharma and Rajpoot.

    Will give a explosive start and balanced middle order and quality finishers.

    Bowling we have 6 to choose - Jadeja , bravo , ashwin , M sharma , morris and Rajpoot.

  • MadrasCity on May 8, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Please bring in FAF and rajpoot in place of McLaughlin and M VIjay. My playing 11 would be FAF , Hussey , Raina , Badri , Dhoni , Jadeja , Bravo , Ashwin , Morris , rajput and mohit sharma.

  • srdoc on May 8, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Since last minute change is not desirable, Sanga should realize that the faith SRH having on him is to be reflected by his performance, or else in matches ahead, he could be sidelined with Sammy as captain (as White's form is also in bad patch) and Chris Lynn's recent form in Big Bash league to be taken into consideration or Q-De-Kock can be given another chance; or even Nathan McCullum can find a place should mishra or karn is not fit

  • vishank2009 on May 8, 2013, 10:39 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!!!!

  • CricketMaan on May 8, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Baba, Hussey, Suresh, Dhoni, Bravo, Albie, Chirs, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, ?

  • RajSuperman on May 8, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Sundar_mohandas. For all the chest thumping about the past glories of CSK you seem to be worried about ability of CSK to handle Steyn and Co.

    Even ardent CSK fans will agree that most of the wins of CSK this season have been shaky and they could still lose the remainder games and get eliminated. You saw what happened to CSK against quality teams like mumbai the other day. Look at the CSK v KKR encounter.. they made a big effort of chasing a paltry score down.

    SRH has always been punching above their weight - and have done extremely well in this tournament. Deccan has done well in the past as well. They have the second best bowling attack arguably. Batting is their weak spot and if dhawan and some others click then Chennai will surely lose. Any target near to 150 will not be chased by CSK. If CSK has to do well, their combination needs to be altered. Still routing for FAF and baba/imtiaz to play and hope the yusuf pathans of CSK (i.e., Albie and Vijay) to be dropped

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Sanga, can you please check your IPL stats this year 2013 and see where you stand in most runs? you are at 5th position.... from bottom.... haha.. don't you feel bad about this? You want to reserve place in the team only as a captain? Do you think that that is what a team expects from an overseas player?

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I think today is d the day for m.vijay its a do or die.... This should be today's 11.. 1.vijay 2.hussey 3.raina 4.badri 5.dhoni 6.srj 7.bravo 8.morris 9.ashwin 10.nannes 11.mohit sharma

  • Aswath03021990 on May 8, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Very tough task against SRH today.SRH has the best bowling unit of all the 9 teams.Amit mishra and karan 's leg spin provides 8 overs with min run rate and possible big wickets as well.Then comes 8 overs of World's best fast bowler dale and india current best bowler ishant.SRH maintains perfect home record as well.Being Csk supporter i wont be amazed if Csk repeats similar batting display against MI.The weak links in Csk is the opening pair and the Strike bowler(like faulkner,dale).If they need to challenge SRH today,stop experimenting with vijay,laughlin,saha and bring in faf/morkel and Ben hilfenus.Winning percentage SRH-70% CSK-30%

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    If CSK lose today it will be interesting to watch the point table. They should give Baba a chance and drop Badhri. even said that Badhri is a very good player and he is been considered as Mr.Cricket for India but he is been wasted and also he did not perform when the situation arised during MI game.

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @sundhar mohandas - we can see who you are supporting, as you dont realize SRH & DC are the same team!!!! Only thing changed is the name under new owners, almost all the players are the same except few changes. It is just that they lost games before like DD & PWI are doing this season. They are winning & are now in contention. DC won IPL2 & were in CL tourney after ipl2 or do you not remember that. Dont argue that its a different team, thats like saying chennai isnt same as it was when it was called madras. Deccan Chargers = Sunrisers Hyderabad. I hope new owners are smarter in upcoming auctions as DC owners were complete fools. They never got anyone good, instead kept getting unknown players from aus like ryan harris & dan christian, then trading players like KP & ojha away. Also fair play award is a joke, what do csk n rr players do to earn those points? Bring out the drinks & carry batsmen coming onto the field? It makes no sense, get rid of it.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    overwhelming support in this page for sun risers, hyderabad. its heartening to find some of the csk fans also support srh. I strongly feel if toss favors srh should bowl. cks is an excellent chaser compared to setting up a target. csk has all stroke players in their ranks except for vijay and bhadri who can defend as well.Since bowling is srh strength they should bowl first.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @Raj_Superman must be hallucinating. One does not win 7 games in a row and table top because of being lucky and average. They are the most prolific team in IPL like it or not. They have three T20 trophies to their name. 4 time finalists. 3 Fair Play awards. Topping this time too. Only other team than MI to win Champions league. SRH on the other hand haven't even qualified for the CL forget about winning. Expect CSK to breach SRH fortress unless Steyn shows his genius in the first spell. Dhawan's early wicket could seal the deal for CSK. Go CSK.

  • oysri on May 8, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Top 10 Consistent Players in World Cricket

    1. Michael Bevan 2. Mike Hussey 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Mahela Jayawardene 5. Kumara Sangakkara 6. Jacques Kallis 7. Hashim Amla 8. Mohammed Yousuf 9. Shivanarain Chanderpaul 10. Stephen Fleming

    Kumara Sangakkara One Of D Most Consistent Class Player haven't done anything for SRH with his bat till now. Very Sad.

    From Today Onwards in this IPL 2013 Im sure that Sangakkarawill give some brilliant innings for SRH.

    Till Now, SRH team done great job without Sanga's contribution. But, Now Onwards SRH need Sanga & White's Contribution.

    Come On Sangakkara & White...\,,/

  • Pavinasen on May 8, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    You cannot be complacent against SRH.I believe that they are a lethal force at home and their bowling has not let them down.Their batting has improved with Shikhar Dhawan returning from injury.On the other if SRH bat first & make anything below 160 then CSK batsmen will easily chase ,especially to avoid any further embarrasment form their last game.

    All things said,CSK have consistently been a very dangerous side since they have more match winners in the playing 11 than any other teams.They are trained well not to succum to pressure thanks to their catain cool & coach calm,sanity will always prevail.

    Whilst I am a CSK and SHR supporter ,more the former I will be happy if SHR pulls those one into their bag.

  • aries_d on May 8, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @RajSuperman: CSK is lucky? Did you mean SRH?

  • oysri on May 8, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Beating CSK is Very Tough Task. But, Still it is possible for SRH...

    SRH's XI : Dhawan, White, Vihari, Parthiv, Sammy, Perera, Ashish, Karan, Amit, Steyn, Ishant

    SRH need some fire start at opening. In SRH Team White is the only player who can hit Hard. White should open with Dhawan to release some strain from Dhawan. Then SRH will utilise Powerplay Overs. In this IPL 2013 SRH is the only team who has low average in Powerplay Overs. So, White & Dhawan Can score 50-60 Runs in first 6 Overs.

    In Middle Overs Vihari, Karan & Parthiv can rotate strike & If they can add atleast 60+ Runs in Middle 9 Overs.

    In Slog Overs Sammy, Perera & Ashish will do remaining work. If They add another 60 in those last 5 overs.

    60+60+60=180 will be the Score. With the Bowling Lineup Steyn, Ishant, Sammy, Perera, Amit, Karan & Ashish it is not a tough task to protect 180 runs.

    If SRH go thru this plan & implements perfectly, they will definitely beat CSK...

    All D Best SRH...\,,/

  • aries_d on May 8, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    With the form CSK is in, its difficult to have 2 bad games one after the other. It will be CSK today, but in Hyderabad against SRH, it will be tough. if CSK wins the toss, bat first, 140+ should be good.

  • plmk on May 8, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Being an ardent fan of CSK who lives in Hyderabad i wish that team SRH wins today and makes it to the top four today and keep their home run intact..... YES I SAID THAT..... Such is the AURA in the SRH Camp, an all new outfit from Hyderabad, the region which won the IPL2, where again the outfit (eventhough none from the squad are there in the current team though, except for VVS who is in as a Mentor) defended a meager 143

    None would have believed at the start of the season that they will make it this far, but against all odd they are in contention for the playoffs, with some amazing bowling efforts of Mishra, Ishant, Steyn, Karan Sharma & scintillating batting cameos from Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Sammy. Not to forget the nonchalant efforts from local talent like Ashish Reddy, Hanuma Vihari & Akshant Reddy.

    Am heading to the ground today with a hope that SRH comes up with one more magic left in the bag that is an amazing innings from their captain SANGAKKARA. Go SRH!!! IPL6 - ROCKS!!!

  • RAJESRH on May 8, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Today is SUNRISERS DAY. GO SRH GOOOOOOOOO...... * Best team combination for today's match .... 1.Dhawan, 2.Akshat, 3.Vihari, 4.Sanga(C,Wk), 5.Sammy, 6.Perera, 7.Ashish, 8.Karan Sharma, 9.Amit Mishra, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant.

    ** Use Karan as a pinch hitter today. ** Dhawan & Sanga are Anchors in batting. ** Sammy, Perera & Ashish to make big score. ** make at least 150+ if batting first. ** If Chennai bat first control them less than 140. ***** Get Hussey & Dhony wickets as early as possible.

  • starincricket on May 8, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    It ll be an interesting match today. As CSK fails in batting last match.. SRH strength is bowling.. and batting to score high depends on dhawan starts..CSK;s vijay,bravo,Moris yet to show their batting abilities..If Moris cant bat , we could have Ben hilfian as replaced. Bravo cant leave out.. as he bowls at death and field. Aniruth/saga can be fit if vijay fails once again..

  • RajSuperman on May 8, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @IndiaNeedsBowlers - great name pick ;-) DD/KKR was supposed to make it easy to playoff's at least. CSK too is not as good as they think. They are just average and very lucky. I think today's game winner will be sunrisers hyderabad - Dhawan will explode and their bowling is fantastic.

    If chennai pick the right team they have a chance. FAF for vijay and imtiaz or Baba for Ben Laughlin. However Dhoni will go for Albie and Anirudha which will be a useless move bcauz Albie will go for 9-10 economy rate and anirudha is a walking wicket for steyn.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    If Steyn gets it correct today .. Well ..

  • Salmanchecking on May 8, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    CSK recover so well thats their pplus point

  • Resultpredictor on May 8, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    The wounded super Kings will be more dangerous than normal team so its going to be very difficult for SRH to beat CSK.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    if sunrisers had Miller?? :( :(

  • JP-Etisalat on May 8, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    This Match will be one the last few matches for SRH to come up with a better batting performance. Duminy or White should replace Sanga today. CSK should continue with the same tempo. Morkel can make way for Faf and Laughlin can make way for Helfi. Anirudh / Saha (In Place of over rated Vijay) can play down the order with Hussey and Faf opening.

  • deathstar01 on May 8, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    seeing the last few games at Hyderabad I can say that toss will be huge factor here. Hope sanga win the toss and restrcit CSK within 140. COme on SRH---An SRH fan from Dhaka.

  • vinay19740 on May 8, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    My SRH team for today I will include nathan mcullum just bcoz of batting n slow bowling seeing the hyd track anyways sanga n white r not in form n its better to give mcullum a chance. Team Dhawan, pathiv, vihari, nathan mcullum, ashish reddy, Sammy © , thisara perara, Karan Sharma, amit mishra, dale steyn, ishant sharma

  • IndiaNeedsBowlers on May 8, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    I read somewhere that this is a match between an unstoppable force and an immovable object!!! Its funny, at the begining of the tournament everybody said that SRH at most will give a fight, but have no chance in front of MI/RCB/CSK/DD/KKR. Also before this IPL, Hyderabad (DC then) had the worst record at home. How things change in a months time, suddenly the at most fighters have become the immovable object (winning 5 at home) and have 100% record at home. And DD/KKR are the pre tournament favorites are already out of the race.

  • THEBOSS on May 8, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    CSK were beaten comprehensively in their last match .Wounded lion wanted to go and roar very badly today. They will prove once again why they are best in the business. It's going to be tough ask for SRH but it is not impossible as they wanted to win badly as well to stay contention in the top 4. It's going to be humdinger of a match and once again cricket lovers will love the clash between these two southern sirens.

  • on May 8, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    According to me this could be the Match of the tournament between two unevenly matched teams.CSK Batting is Strong but Bowling has always been a concern over the 6 seasons,SRH Bowling will be real Tough but their batsman have underperfomed.With Ishant,Prera,Styn,karan and amit. Mostly Accounting for Performance and Form,SRH are the best Bowling side this season if you ask me.They were able to restrict most teams.There is a procedure in their wins.Their Bowlers won them matches while their batting never matched.this could be a close match on cards.the Contest is CSK bat VS SRH Ball.But would not settle for anything other than a win for CSK :D

  • Sandeep_Maddu on May 8, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    SRH batting is a huge worry. Their bowlers have been brilliant but the batsmen need to come good at some stage. Remember World Cup 2011 ?Pakistan bowlers bowled so well that they reached the semifinals but their batting never clicked throughout the tournament. The list of top 25 run getters did not have even one single Pakistan batsman...not even one in the top 25 list. No one has scored a century in the entire tournament. Still they reached the semis purely by their bowling. And what happened in the semis...their bowlers once again did brilliantly to restrict the mighty Indian batting lineup to 260 odd. It was a gettable total but their batsmen could not get there. That is what happens if you depend on only one department. In a long tournament such as World Cup or IPL,both your batting and bowling should come good to win the tournament.SRH has come so far just because of it's bowlers but I think it will be tougher road ahead for them unless their batsmen put in consistent performances

  • Alok58916 on May 8, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    HOPE SRH win today with huge marginn.

  • Vivekaks on May 8, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    This could be a good contest... CSK is virtually assured of a playoff berth...but a win will break them away from the pack and allow some experiment... A defeat could mean a tricky situation, given their next 3 matches arent easy... RCB,RR arent easy to beat and then there is Delhi...so If CSK win today, they can relax

    SRH on the other hand have a good chance to move to play offs after couple of years of underachieving..and they have 5 games to prove their mettle...

    Whatever the result be, it will sure leave RCB on tenterhooks...and that would be interesting to see... this year IPL has been rather interesting...hope the best wins!!!

  • lesterloyd on May 8, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Sanga should score some solid runs to show his form though he' s a good captain to lead. And Dhoni's ability of scoring runs shud b reduced if they wanna win. 50/50 for both i would say...

  • on May 8, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    While Morris started the tournament on a promising note , Laughlin has been pathetic in the outings that he had . I really cant understand why they have not been playing Hilfenhaus in any of the games so far . Perhaps the team management is reserving his stamina for the play offs . Yet , any Player needs match practice and hence Hilfenhaus should be played in the rest of the matches. The best team that can be selected is SAHA,FAF,HUSSEY,RAINA,BADRI,DHONI,BRAVO,JADEJA,ASHWIN,HILFENHAUS & MOHIT .

  • Nalinraaja on May 8, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Time for CSK to bring in BEN HILFENHAUS to give tooth to their bowling. My pick for the CSK team would be: Hussey, FAF, Raina, Badrinath, MSD, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, BEN HILFENHAUS & Vijey/Saha/Anirudha. I think they don't have local batting all-rounders which they need to address in their next auction. All the best CSK!

  • Surajdon9 on May 8, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Sanga will fire today..........

  • on May 8, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    I hope sanga doesn't try to hit a six with a drive, he got out more than 3 times trying that. after watching some old cricket i found that his footwork is less.

    Please SRH if you are reading this please promote thisara to the top order so that he can blast some sixes and doesn't have a pressure on him, let sanga bat one down. sammy can bat at 5 dawan can open with perera.

    Please Mishra do not drop catches like tha las hame. that catch cost the match.

    Hope everything goes good for SRH

  • on May 8, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    After Dhawan's inclusion,the team's batting line up has strengthened up.But the problem is they lack consistency! hope sanga comes to the party today along with the others and we see a huge srh victory today...:)

  • baskvijay on May 8, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Bring in FAF instead of Ben laughlin. U need a good opening partnership and with MV there , we cannot expect that. Huss shd open with FAF and I strongly believe annirudha definitely deserves a chance . He has done well to the limited opportunities he has got. Murali vijay time and again not proving any justice to his position in the side. CSK backs their players, thats good. But if some one gets 20 opportunities definitely at one stage he will score well, but consistency is wat matters. Look at raina, he was out of form for few matches but he improved and came back on track. Vj had the best platform against MI,low scoring match, he cud hv proved his worth. I can undrstnd others taking the game lightly but Y MV? Its always a pain watching CSK bat the first 10 overs. Murali vijay by default cannot stay more than 10 mins at the wicket.. Give him a break, bring in faf..I'm sure CSK will be even more stronger.They can chase down any target ,or they can set a huge target.

  • apai92 on May 8, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    where is chris lyn??? why is he being left out??? he is super batsman,can hit the ball long and also can bowl some left arm orthodox..he may be a huge asset for the team...but making experiments in imp games like today's is not quite advisable..sanga is a class act and SRH should have faith in him...when he does,he does it brutally and wins it for the team..and he is the only batsman who can play a saviour's role when a team is loosing wickets which is very important against CSK...and coming to the bowling department,i think we are well equipped...amit mishra and ishant will be gamble performers...ishant is bowling superbly and hope he continues...amit should maintain some consistency and carry his momentum..he should not allow the csk batsmen to break free which may be brutal..hussey should be targeted with the new ball and the deilding should be accurate...players like aashish reddy amit mishra have to be carefull on the feild...hope SRH will rock tody!!!! pada pada lets rise up!!!!!

  • deathstar01 on May 8, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Hope the SRH will win and their batsmen will find some form.

  • on May 8, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    This will be a make or break game for SRH cos if they win today they have a damn good chance of reaching the finals and if they loose they end up in must win games against good teams and i see them sliding down and settling at # 6.

  • on May 8, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    This is the big stage that Sanga should rise up. This is a huge opportunity for him to show his class & prove as a legend. We need a big big innings from u Sanga. U can. Go Risers...!!!

  • on May 8, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    CSK is going to face very tough matches in a row. All 3 teams are very strong in their home side (Hyderabad, Rajasthan and banglore). But still i support CSK. Yellow caps will rock. #Whistlepodu

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 8, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    If SRH has to win this match, they have to Improve their fielding and catching specially. Last vs CSK, they dropped MSD, and lost. Second one is the batting specially Sanga has to perform at least in the last stage of the tournament. If SRH win this match, then definitely they will get into the last 4 considering at least they win one or two among the last 4 matches vs KingsXI, KKR, and RR and MI. All the best SRH.

  • sboyipl on May 8, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    both team is strong.my two favorate team csk & sunrise.my wish for two teams i want to see a good match today.come MSD ..rise up steyn

  • CricketAkshay on May 8, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    I think CSK vs SRH should be one heck of contest. The wickets at Hyderabad usually aids pace bowlers. Steyn and Ishant have been maginificent in Hyderabad. CSK openers will have to watchful against the new-ball attack. Steyn and Ishant have produced wickets with new-ball. Ishant was accurate with his line and length. Therefore, f CSK batsmen can deliver the goods, then they should win comfortably against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. It all depends on how CSK batsmen approach the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers.

  • on May 7, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    If CSK want to have any chance of winning matches from here on they must make sure they don't pick Vijay.

  • neerajv on May 7, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Sunrisers are the team to beat at HOME.. Last match was a good wakeup call for Chennai but i strongly feel Toss is going to be one of the major factor in outcome of this game...

  • on May 7, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    CSK was a sleeping tiger. Then MI wounded it. Now SRH is facing a wounded tiger. SRH is in a tough situation where they need to beat tough teams both at home and outside. They need to bring out improvement in their batting. Their batsmen other than Dhawan, Perera and Sammy are either too slow at scoring or not succeeding at all.

  • Gladiatorsxyzee on May 7, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Common Sunrisers Its your time to top the table !! Go Sunrisers !! All the foreign players are doing good except sangakkara and White, I hope they Nathan McCullum should be picked instead of Sanga, he is very good hitter of the ball he along with perera and sammy will boost the batting. No Changes to the bowling though, I hope Steyn will have a good run with the ball and pick up 5 wickets. Karan sharma is most economical, amit mishra should bowl well without any experiments. I hope SRH should Bowl first and restrict them under 140. Then can chase down easily.

  • rmr_don on May 7, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Hoping for some runs from Sanga... he is due for it this season still........ Go SRH......

  • SurlyCynic on May 7, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Please no more Sanga. Watching small scores at a strike rate of 90 for match after match is very frustrating.

  • kc69 on May 7, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Last time Dhoni hit Steyn for consecutive boundries on slow batting pitch of Chennai.Lets see whether he can do the same here on fast track pitch of Hyderabad.Go Sunrisers win like RR and MI and put some pressure on RCB.

  • anilkp on May 7, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Agree, that day in Mumbai was an aberration. But I do not like CSK strategy. They go too slow in the beginning. Vijay keeps coming in even when he has not done well, and even when Saha, his replacement, did better. They have been putting too much of reliance on MSD, and they won many games because of a fluke performance (e.g., those Sir Jaddu games). Now is not the time to experiment anymore, but they should have tried Hilfy, Kula and Faf before. Set to a stable line-up, preferably sans Vijay, and ask the openers to score briskly while also putting a big price on their wickets. CSK is on top, but all matches now on are banana-skins. With the game's fate changing in just one over, they must stay ultra-focused.

  • mmlj on May 7, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    My observation is that any team with a disciplined bowling line up, will have have a well nit team functioning like a unit. Thats the differnece between SRH and RR, they dont have distructive batsman like Gayle or Sewag...but they perform as a unit and win games. Good job SRH and RR.

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 7, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Murali Vijay has been the main culprit in CSK Losses. CSK struggled when he got out with in 6 overs. When he was dropped some one else like Saha played out the first 6. All CSK options to send some one to hit out has failed. Bravo, bowled very good, but has not performed with the bat and struggled against Karan playing a maiden. I am sure CSK has plans to tackle Karan and Mishra. Opening with Badri and Hussey and playing another spinner might be on the CSK cards with the slow pitch. They can not count on Bravo, Morris, Morkel and the tail-enders against quality spin. Top and Middle order(Hussey, Badri and Raina+ Dhoni and Jadeja as finishers has to do the batting job, otherwise they will lose it to SRH. They should try playing another spinner and another batsman instead of Vijay. My choice 11: Faf du Plesiss, Hussey, Badri, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bravo, Morris, Mohit, Akila Dhananjaya.

  • Angry_Bowler on May 7, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Sir Ravindra Jadeja will be MoM, as the pitch is slowerside and suits to him in both bowling and batting.

  • on May 7, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    bring in som indian batting talent fr vijay and faf for ben laughlin

  • InsaneInsaan on May 7, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    no matter what teams we propose, its going 2 be MSD who is gonna take the descision. and i dont think he is going to heed our "suggestions". MSD knows the best and he will select the right team. GO CSK!!!!

  • ladycricfan on May 7, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    If Albie is not fit faf should replace laughlin. Laughlin hasn't been economical in the two matches he played. Faf's spin bowling will be useful in Hyderabad pitch. If CSK win the toss, should bowl first. Good luck CSK.

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 7, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    CSK has four matches remaining and three of them are against top 5 teams in the points table i.e. with the teams that are competing for playoffs. So the win against SRH will pretty much seal their position in the top 4 if not top 2. A loss, would inevitably, put pressure on them. Don't expect another batting collapse from CSK. Hope some commonsense prevails this time though.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 7, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    SRH would be hard to beat at home. I hope CSK strengthens their batting for the game. This would mean dropping Vijay and Chris Morris and playing Aparajith and Faf.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 7, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    If CSK lose this game and the other teams in the top 5 win their next game (I haven't checked whether any of them play each other ... making my scenario impossible) then CSK could drop from 1st to 4th, and slip out of top 4 (horror!) entirely with yet another loss. Their NRR is not great. Resting good players is not an option this season. There are 5 teams very much in the race for top 2, and close together in points, unlike last year when 8 teams were close together and were taking points away from each other. This time, 16 points won't be enough for a playoff spot. KKR, PWI, and DD are giving away points to everyone else this season. So, even more points than last year will be needed to make the top two.

  • on May 7, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Imp Match for CSk, since they need 2 more wins out of 4 to confirm a top 2 berth. SH have been very strong at home, but I guess CSK can pull off this one since they also play well on slow turners and have bowlers who would be effective in those conditions.

    There is one match against Delhi at home, they would be expected to beat DD in that one, so tomorrow a win could confirm a top 2 position. GO CSK.

  • 22players on May 7, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    CSK should we more cautious , loosing this match will put a unwanted pressure.

  • on May 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    mark my words Perera will do something exceptional for sure........

  • skWeb on May 7, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    A win for CSK here have two benefits. One a certain playoff, second a choice to allow bench players to play. I am not sure why Anirudh has never been given a decent chance, last season he won a game for them with his big hitting but unfortunately broke his collarbone trying to save a four. This season he was just given one opportunity and got out from a beauty from Bhuvaneshwar. I wish he gets another chance to play in front of his dad. Hope CSK play to its potentia,l win or lose.Good luck SRH.

  • N.Kumaresan on May 7, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    CSK need to replace baba aparajith instead of vijay.

  • Crickeyboy07 on May 7, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Hyderabad having the best chance nowto make it into Playoffs, they have won most of their games in home ground, hope sammy, perera and sanga show their best..

  • Crickeyboy07 on May 7, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Hyderabad having the best chance nowto make it into Playoffs, they have won most of their games in home ground, hope sammy, perera and sanga show their best..

  • N.Kumaresan on May 7, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    CSK need to replace baba aparajith instead of vijay.

  • skWeb on May 7, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    A win for CSK here have two benefits. One a certain playoff, second a choice to allow bench players to play. I am not sure why Anirudh has never been given a decent chance, last season he won a game for them with his big hitting but unfortunately broke his collarbone trying to save a four. This season he was just given one opportunity and got out from a beauty from Bhuvaneshwar. I wish he gets another chance to play in front of his dad. Hope CSK play to its potentia,l win or lose.Good luck SRH.

  • on May 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    mark my words Perera will do something exceptional for sure........

  • 22players on May 7, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    CSK should we more cautious , loosing this match will put a unwanted pressure.

  • on May 7, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Imp Match for CSk, since they need 2 more wins out of 4 to confirm a top 2 berth. SH have been very strong at home, but I guess CSK can pull off this one since they also play well on slow turners and have bowlers who would be effective in those conditions.

    There is one match against Delhi at home, they would be expected to beat DD in that one, so tomorrow a win could confirm a top 2 position. GO CSK.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 7, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    If CSK lose this game and the other teams in the top 5 win their next game (I haven't checked whether any of them play each other ... making my scenario impossible) then CSK could drop from 1st to 4th, and slip out of top 4 (horror!) entirely with yet another loss. Their NRR is not great. Resting good players is not an option this season. There are 5 teams very much in the race for top 2, and close together in points, unlike last year when 8 teams were close together and were taking points away from each other. This time, 16 points won't be enough for a playoff spot. KKR, PWI, and DD are giving away points to everyone else this season. So, even more points than last year will be needed to make the top two.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 7, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    SRH would be hard to beat at home. I hope CSK strengthens their batting for the game. This would mean dropping Vijay and Chris Morris and playing Aparajith and Faf.

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 7, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    CSK has four matches remaining and three of them are against top 5 teams in the points table i.e. with the teams that are competing for playoffs. So the win against SRH will pretty much seal their position in the top 4 if not top 2. A loss, would inevitably, put pressure on them. Don't expect another batting collapse from CSK. Hope some commonsense prevails this time though.

  • ladycricfan on May 7, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    If Albie is not fit faf should replace laughlin. Laughlin hasn't been economical in the two matches he played. Faf's spin bowling will be useful in Hyderabad pitch. If CSK win the toss, should bowl first. Good luck CSK.