Sunrisers determined to make play-offs

May 08, 2013, 09:31 IST | IANS

Undefeated on home turf so far, Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to cement their position for a berth in the play-offs when they clash against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi international cricket stadium here Wednesday

With 14 points from 11 matches, the home team is in fifth position because of their relatively low net run rate.

Shikhar Dhawan

Though CSK top the table with 18 points from 12 matches, their humiliating defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match has exposed the vulnerability of their batting..

Sunrisers will once again rely on their bowlers to deliver for them on a slow track, where the average score this IPL has been 124.

The slow pitch, however, may also offer help to CSK bowlers, especially Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to give a good fight.

Overjoyed with the recent wins, Sunrisers chief mentor Krishnamachari Srikkanth already sees the play-offs ahead. “Two to three more matches (wins) and we are there straightaway,” he said.

When they last met... Captain cool does it again for CSK
It needed a M S Dhoni special to bail Chennai Super Kings out from a hole they found themselves in, while chasing a decent target of 160 against the visitors Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 25, 2013. After the openers got off to a solid start, the middle order could not cash in. Needing 16 off the last over, Dhoni (67 not out off 37), cool as a cucumber, got the job done in just four deliveries.

Sanga’s wishlist
>> Shikhar Dhawan fires at the top.
>> He regains his touch.
>> Amit Mishra's wicket-taking form continues.
>> Dale Steyn removes Michael Hussey cheaply.
>> M S Dhoni departs early.

Dhoni’s wishlist
>> He plays a cameo.
>> Hussey provides a solid foundation.
>> Ravindra Jadeja contributes with bat and ball
>> Steyn goes for runs
>> Team recovers well after loss against Mumbai

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