Sharjah: Having opened their account in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad will bank on their new-found confidence when they face the acid test of taking on a formidable Chennai Super Kings here today.
SRH skipper Shikhar Dhawan
Sunrisers Hyderabad started their campaign on a disappointing note, losing to Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in their first two games, but managed to bounce back against Delhi Daredevils by notching up a narrow four-run win on Friday.
Hyderabad rode on the knocks of Aaron Finch (88) and David Warner (58), both of whom stitched a 128-run stand for the unconquered second wicket, and then restricted Delhi to 180-4 to record their first win of the season. Finch and Warner will be expected to repeat their exploits against a team, that has been one of the most consistent sides in the cash-rich event.
Going by their CSK's form, Dhoni's men will definitely start as overwhelming favourites. On Friday they defeated Mumbai Indians comprehensively with the in-from Brendon McCullum hitting a belligerent unbeaten 71 and CSK will rely on yet another flying start by the New Zealander along with his opening partner Dwayne Smith. Suresh Raina will again be the man to watch out for.
> Dale Steyn bowled a maiden to Michael Hussey at the start, but Ishant was taken to the cleaners by both openers. Murali Vijay hit him for three consecutive sixes in his second over, setting the tone for the onslaught
> Suresh Raina set the stadium ablaze with his strokeplay and was unlucky to miss his hundred by one run. His runs came at a strike-rate of more than 190 and Chennai Super Kings ended with 223-3
> Sunrisers failed to rally at any point during the chase. Parthiv Patel gave the hosts a sliver of hope, but the clatter of wickets at the other end snuffed that chance. In the end, Chennai Super Kings registered a comfortable win by 77 runs