After a thrilling double header in the Indian Premier League on Saturday we have another one to enjoy on Sunday and it begins with a clash between the top two in the table when the Chennai Super Kings host the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Sunrisers have already qualified for the playoffs and are now playing for a league position in them while Chennai will take a massive step there if they can pick up the win in this match so this should be enjoyable and competitive.
Chennai Super Kings
After a strong start of the season in terms of wins, the Chennai Super Kings have hit an inconsistent patch although I think most people saw that coming because even though they were winning matches at the beginning of the season they were anything but convincing in the majority of them. Most thought it would catch up with them eventually and it appears to be doing so.
Their bowling has been a real weakness this season and actually it has been weak at the death which is unlike them because prior to their enforced absence they were usually masters at closing out innings and matches. They need to get their death bowling back because if they end up batting first in the playoffs you worry for them.
It is impossible not to have full respect for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have now won their last six matches and even when a side puts up a good score against them or they come up against someone who takes the game to them they have the answers and get the job done. Confidence must be soaring through this lot currently.
It is all well and good winning matches when chasing but when you are winning then whether you are chasing or defending elevates you to another level. The batting used to be a weakness of the Hyderabad outfit earlier in the campaign but having polished off a run chase above 180 for the loss of just one wicket last time out we can emphatically suggest that is no longer the case.
Chennai Super Kings will be hoping that Deepak Chahal is fit to return for this match. There was talk of him being fit for the Rajasthan match on Friday but that never materialised in the end. David Willey may drop out after a poor performance last time out.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have no reason to change anything but with their qualification secure they might manage the workload of Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again. Wriddhiman Saha is unlikely to be fit to return.
I know the Sunrisers Hyderabad don’t need to win this match but even so I’m surprised they are even money to do so. Chennai Super Kings won the reverse meeting between these two and I’m sure the Sunrisers won’t want to go into the playoffs against these opponents with two defeats against them.
It might be that the Sunrisers make some changes for this match but they have some serious bench depth that I’m not convinced that will make much difference. They have the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda and even Sachin Baby on the sidelines so whoever they pick they will be strong. I’m not convinced by this Chennai attack and they may well struggle to plough this Sunrisers attack everywhere to make up for it. Just because they don’t need to win doesn’t mean that Hyderabad won’t win. I’m with them here.
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