In seven seasons of Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings has been the most consistent team undoubtedly. After securing their position in play-offs, CSK is going to meet Sunrisers Hyderabad, standing at 2nd position from last in league table,for 2nd time in IPL 7.
Along with KXIP another contender of the cup is CSK, who have performed well in IPL 7.CSK is having one of the most balanced teams compared to others. Strong batting lineup with powerful bowling attack is the secret of their victory recipe. Dwayne smith, Brendon Mcculllum, Suresh Raina and lastly Ravindra Jadeja is in great form in this season. Dwayne smith, and Brendon Mccullum flushed out Sunrisers Hyederabad badly in their first meeting in IPL 7. CSK was chasing in that match. The team was anchored by Dwayne smith who played a remarkable innings in the match. He scored 66 runs off 46 balls with 4 boundaries and 5 over-boundaries. Brendon McCullum also gave him a power-packed reliable partnership innings of 40 runs (30 balls) with 3 boundaries and 2 over- boundaries. These devastating innings destroyed SRH’s dream of winning that match. They did not show any mercy to the SRH bowlers. After the dismissal of this two power plants rest of the team was able to score rest of the runs. That has been the story of their previous encounter. Lately, Dwayne Smith’s injury is the main reason of the team’s headache. Also, as Brendon McCullum has left the squad due to some family reasons, they now have instability in their batting line up, especially in the opening pair. David Hussey made his place in the team from previous games. Suresh Raina could be the power player for tonight’s match. He scored back to back half centuries for them in the previous two matches.
CSK bowling strategy has been good that they were able to bind SRH below 150 runs in the previous encounter. Ben Hilfenhaus took 2 wickets, Mohit Sharma took also 2wickets, DR Smith took 1wicket in tha match. Ashwin, Jadeja bowled well , though did not able to take any wickets. CSK has bowled well throughout, except for a few matches. But at present, there has been a dip in their bowling form as they lost their previous two encounters due to lack of aggression in bowling department. They were unable to defend 138 runs against RCB on a slow track. And their bowling seemed to be very much ordinary against KKR, the other night. Also, their spinning department did perform well throughout the tournament but has not been in the best of their touch for the past few matches. Ashwin took 13 wickets in this season. Ravindra jadeja is in quite good shape in bowling and took 15wickets this season.
Sunrisers batting lineup has not been so bad at all on paper but they did not manage to perform in quite a few number of occasions. ’Big Hitters’ like David warner, Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan enlightned their team. But Aaron Finch showed acute inconsistency this season. Shikhar Dhawan has also been getting starts but not managed to convert them into big ones. Warner came good for the team and is presently in the race for the Orange Cap. Uncapped Naman Ojha has come good in the previous matches which amplified their batting strength. In their first match against CSK no one clicked though, neither David warner nor Sikhar Dhawan except Aaron finch. SRH reached 145 holding Finch’s hand. He was the only scorer who scored above 30. His 45 runs pushed their score to 145 run but they were unable to defend that.
As far the bowling of SRH is concerned, they have the best bowling attack on paper with the likes of Dale Steyn and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the squad. Dale Steyn has not been in his form lately, Dale Steyn took only 11 wickets. Also the spinning department did not come up with brilliant performances this year. Amit Mishra failed in most of the occasions but Karan Sharma has bowled well. But Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who was the rising star of INDIAN Cricket team and consistently bowled well in this season,took 20 wickets in this season and is presently the purple cap holder.
SRH must have to win tonight’s encounter to keep their hopes alive, while on the other hand, CSK needs to win as well to keep their position in the top two of the league table.