Super Kings v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 21, 2014

March ahead or march-out time for Sunrisers


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Match facts

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

When Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad meet in Ranchi on Thursday evening, they will have very different goals on their minds. Sunrisers need to win both their remaining games to have any chance of making it to the playoffs, and even then their chances are dependent on other results - they are near the bottom of the pile of the group of five hopefuls for the third and fourth spots.

Super Kings, on the other hand, are already through to the playoffs but have a slightly different itch. With three losses in their last five games (after six straight wins), they seem to have gone off the boil. Their batsmen haven't put up enough runs, their bowlers have appeared toothless and they have dropped catches in the field. Basically, they haven't been their formidable self. Therein lies an opportunity for Sunrisers to exploit. Their bowling attack is one of the better ones in the league and their batting is finally coming together. Can they keep Super Kings down and take the fight to their last match in Kolkata?

Form guide

Chennai Super Kings: LLWWL (completed games, most recent first)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WLLLW

Where they stand

Chennai Super Kings: Second, with 16 points from 12 games
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Seventh, with 10 points from 12 games

Previous encounter

Super Kings weren't tested enough when they met Sunsrisers in Sharjah last month. Given a middling target of 146 to chase, Super Kings' openers more or less sealed the contest with a rapid 85-run stand.

Watch out for

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's report card this IPL season has been top-notch. A+ for the number of wickets (he is the leading wicket-taker with 20 dismissals), A+ for his economy rate of 6.32, A+ for the kind of batsmen he has dismissed - Dwayne Smith, Virat Kohli, David Miller, JP Duminy, Ajinkya Rahne, etc, A+ for generating swing with the new ball and A+ for his death bowling. On top of that, he is an electric car compared to Dale Steyn's V-12 - he does the job silently and efficiently. This season, he has been one of the constants in an inconsistent team.

The scorecard from the previous match doesn't tell the story of the Ranchi pitch. It afforded generous turn to the spinners right from the start and the batsmen struggled. A pitch like that takes the early sting out of Super Kings' batting and it would be interesting if a similar surface is laid out.

Stats and trivia

  • MS Dhoni's strike rate of 148.66 is the best among the top five Super Kings batsmen. However, he has faced the fewest balls. He has been not out seven times in 12 innings.

  • Mohit Sharma is two wickets behind Bhuvneshwar in the list of leading wicket-takers this season. He has not taken a wicket in his last two matches

  • More than 48% of Naman Ojha's runs have come in sixes, which is the best ratio among the top ten six-hitters in the competition. Yuvraj Singh is second on the list with 47% of his runs in sixes


"David Warner has been in great form in the middle order and we just wanted to try a different opening combination. The change worked and our partnership set the perfect tempo for the rest of the game."
Shikhar Dhawan on Sunrisers' successful batting-order reshuffle in their previous game

"Well, we didn't field well. We dropped a few catches, but that happens in cricket. But at the same time, we need to play really well in the next two games."
Suresh Raina on Super Kings's two losses

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • android_user on May 22, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    today csk win

  • ravin_cricluv on May 22, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    common sunrisers so that the event will be more crisp and more importantly play like a test team and get the fair play award(for helping other teams).definitly u will get a kep cam award also for keeping calm if your strategy is not going to help even from first ball.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 22, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    being a CSK fan one thing is killing me.its obvious that any bowler in CSK can be a big failure on a given day.just 5 terrific overs is not going to win matches against teams like punjab which are capable of finishing matches in just 15,its that simple that batting has to go bizarre.

    considering IPL 7 ,unlike other seasons only few areas in chennai has shined 1.openers 2.fielding 3.definitely chasing strategy

    dont ever say dhoni has contributed.true fans beleive that he had taken easy matches to last overs and won it . inclduing him we dont have any batsmen except top three to rely on for big scores.

  • android_user on May 22, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    two things i have seen throughout this tournament is shikar dawan's midfields .he missed run out chaces and dropped few catches.and the other thing about dale steyn's bowling length.too full or too short. those two errors seemed to have cost the sunrises team.

  • android_user on May 22, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    As a CSK fan, failure doesnt upset until there s fight. But its disappointing as in last 2 matches, CSK lacked its fighting character. But I hope tat from today match, CSK wil step up and show who they r.....

  • ssenthil on May 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman, really? Do you still have hope that Dhoni will have a plan for Maxwell, Miller and George? Even Manan and Sehwag is going to blast idea-less CSK team bowling unit. Target Ashwin and if you manage to cart away him then, CSK is never going to recover and win this match, if Ashwin bowling really well, defend him and target other bowlers. You never know what Jadeja will be bowling that day, either hot or cold. Mohit is the only other reliable bowler from CSK.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 22, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    MSD can play both Hilfy and Badree in which case bring Baba Aparajit to replace Ishwar Pandey.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 22, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Baba Aparajit deserves a chance. Can bowl off spin against the SRH leggies.

  • anver777 on May 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    With the available sources in SRH camp, they still can have hopes for Playoffs !!! Their batting & bowling is not bad comparing to other IPL teams, so anything possible in today's match, I wish a resounding SRH win will certainly make IPL's last stage more interesting !!!!

  • PJ_team11 on May 22, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    IF KKR win this match RCB will be out but still SRH n MI can make it. They have to win all the matches and RR has to lose all two matches.!!!

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