The Indian Premier League makes its first stop in Delhi on Wednesday as two sides at opposite ends of the table battle it out for two more points when the Chennai Super Kings take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Chennai have made an electric start to the competition but will need to adjust to new conditions for the first time. The Sunrisers are also at their second venue of the tournament for the first time as well so it will be interesting to see who settles the best.
Chennai Super Kings
Having had five matches in Mumbai, the Chennai Super Kings now head to Delhi for the next period of their season and they do so knowing that if they come out of this one with a win they will return to the top of the table as we approach the halfway mark of the regular season. This is a huge contrast to last term where they struggled to impose themselves on the event at all and ended up languishing at the bottom of the table.
The real credit has to go to their bowling attack which has been wonderful so far when you think the squad was devised for the slower turgid conditions of Chennai and they have had to play on the brilliant Mumbai pitches. You would think they will come into their own even more here in the trickier Delhi conditions therefore if the Chennai batting, which is as strong in depth as anything in the tournament, keeps delivering the goods their run is unlikely to end just now.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad were expected to be decent in the Chennai conditions but that isn’t how it turned out with them managing just one win in those matches. They were close to a second win last time out when they went down in a Super Over to the Delhi Capitals. There were positives and negatives in that match. The obvious negative was that a team not suited by conditions sent their bowlers around the park although the Sunrisers were missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar in that match.
The positive came with the bat where Kane Williamson found some form. He is a key man for the Sunrisers in terms of marshalling a middle order which has a little bit of a frailty about it. If he can maintain his form for a few months and one or two of the younger batsmen in that middle order can light up then there is still time for the Sunrisers to make something out of their season, but with one win in five so far, they have to get going soon.
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Ravi Jadeja looks to be in outstanding form at the minute. He is creaming it with the bat and proving very difficult to get away with the ball. He is also dynamite in the field so he is one of the best players in the competition at present.
Kane Williamson is the man that the Sunrisers need here. Not only is he an excellent player of spin which is always important against the Super Kings but he is a calming presence and influence whenever he is at the crease. When he is batting you get the feeling that anything is possible.
Given what we have seen in the tournament so far with the batting sides looking less at ease than we might normally have expected, I’m a little surprised that the runs line for this match is up at 320.5, particularly when you consider these aren’t two of the most fluent or flashy batting sides in the competition. The other thing we have on our side is in the main these are two of the better bowling attacks in the tournament as well which is no bad thing.
The other thing we have on our side is that it is often tough batting conditions at what was the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium before the rename and also this is the first match here so teams might take a few overs to adjust to them, especially Chennai who arrive here off the back of good batting conditions in Mumbai. The other thing to add on top is that flaky Sunrisers middle order below the top three so when you weigh everything up the under looks like the play here.
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