The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad will clash again on Wednesday for just two points in Match 50 of IPL 2014 at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi at 8 pm IST.
Time: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8 pm IST
Venue: JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
CSK have already confirmed their berth in the Playoffs. In recent times, the team has suffered a couple of hiccups, losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore and most recently to the Kolkata Knight Riders. The team will want to get back to its winning ways quickly, for they will be keen finish the league season among the top two teams and head to the Playoffs with some winning momentum.
Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing to stay in the race for the Playoffs. They not only need a victory to remain in the race, but also need to win big to improve their net run-rate, which is the worst amongst all the teams still in contention for the Playoffs.
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|9||Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|10||United Kingdom||ITV Networks Ltd|
|12||United States||Willow TV international|
|13||New Zealand||Sky NZ|
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With Brendon McCullum heading back home to be with his wife for their child’s birth, the team will need the other two in-form players – Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina – to step up. Smith is CSK’s top run-getter, while Raina – who has had few opportunities to stamp his authority – will be confident after scoring half-centuries in his last two innings. On the basis of what one saw in the previous match, in Ranchi, CSK’s spinners – R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Samuel Badree – will be expected to once again exploit the conditions in play.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s decision to promote the in-form David Warner to open the innings came off in their previous match. They will, in all likelihood, stick to the same hoping pair and hope Shikhar Dhawan and Warner can repeat their performances. Naman Ojha and Aaron Finch hold the key in the middle order, given their ability to play the big shots regularly. On the bowling front, SRH need Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dale Steyn to cause some damage early on and hope the spinners can strangle the CSK batsmen.
The Chennai Super Kings have a 100 percent record from their three matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the most recent meeting between these two teams in Sharjah, CSK restricted SRH to 145/5 and chased down the runs in the final over, with skipper MS Dhoni sealing the chase with a boundary off Amit Mishra.
Chennai Super Kings have lost the fewest wickets this season; in the 12 matches they’ve played so far, they’ve lost only 55 wickets.
Prediction: CSK will win the match though s/unrisers Hyderabad will give it a tough fight.
Chennai are currently second on the table with 16 points from 8 wins and 4 losses in 12 matches. Hyderabad, on the other hand, are third from bottom with 10 points after managing just five wins in their 12 games. Openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, both of whom have contributed well to CSK`s campaign so far, failed to get going in their last match and would be aiming to make amends today.
Suresh Raina pulled off his third fifty of this IPL season and looks to be peaking at just the right time. Faf du Plessis, however, remains a slight concern as he is yet to come up with a noteworthy knock for his side.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on the other hand, has been going about his job without much hullabaloo even though he is without a fifty this season. Despite the absence of a big knock, Dhoni is averaging 44.60 — the best by a Chennai player in this IPL and his tally of runs reads 223 in 12 innings, including seven unbeaten knocks.
On the bowling front, some of Chennai`s frailties stood exposed after reliable pacer Mohit Sharma failed to fetch a wicket. Mohit has been the bowling star for Chennai this season, having taken 18 wickets at an impressive average of 15.22. He is currently second in the highest wicket-takers` list in this season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are all but out of contest but mathematically kept their chances alive by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. Darren Sammy`s Hyderabad need a few other results to go their way for sneaking inside the top four but that looks unlikely.
On a more positive note, they did quite well on the batting front against Bangalore. Relieved of the burden of captaincy, Shikhar Dhawan struck his first fifty of the season.
David Warner, meanwhile, continued his sparkling form by striking his fifth fifty of the season. Warner`s magnificent tally of 434 runs at an average of 48.22 in 12 matches is a record by a Hyderabad batsman in the IPL.
On the bowling front, Hyderabad boats of the season`s top wicket-taker in pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has so far scalped 20. They also have fiery Dale Steyn up their ranks but the South African speedster is yet to make his mark this season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendan Taylor, M Henriques, Venugopala Rao, Jason Holder, S Aniruddha, Manprit Juneja, K L Rahul, Amit Paunikar, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milind, Parvez Rasool, Prashant Parameswaran and Karn Sharma.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, David Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mithun Manhas, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Faf du Plessis, John Hastings, Matt Henry, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dwayne Bravo, Ashish Nehra, Baba Aparajith, Pawan Negi, Ronit More and Vijay Shankar.