CSK has marginal edge
It has all the ingredients of a classic thriller.A On the one hand, there is a strong contender for its third title, which, unfortunately, is coming...
It has all the ingredients of a classic thriller.A On the one hand, there is a strong contender for its third title, which, unfortunately, is coming into the match after suffering its worst Indian Premier League (IPL) battering. They take on a team that is making a debut but stands near invincible at home. Moreover the host has just crushed Delhi Daredevils in a ruthless show of awesome team effort that had the visiting team shot out for an embarrassing 80 runs. Indeed, the Chennai Super Kings-Sunrisers Hyderabad showdown at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (RGICS) here on Wednesday has the potential to be a cracker of a contest. However, the one thing that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys would be hoping for would be to remove the scars from the royal annihilation at the hands of a resurgent Mumbai Indians. The bruises may take time to heal but the team that still stands atop the table with 18 points from 12 outings. The odd setback cannot diminish its value as it is no pushover, particularly considering that it is led by an astute captain who marshals his resources to winning levels. The latest jolt is more of a wake-up call for Dhoni's boys to regroup themselves, the force of which Hyderabad may have to bear with. Hyderabad will be out to maintain its clean slate on home ground, although following the emphatic wins achieved by Mumbai and Rajasthan Royals against their respective previous opponents has pushed Hyderabad to the fifth position from a season high of three. Ironically, the equations have undergone dramatic changes following David Miller's demolition of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Hyderabad could be the end gainer if it can pull it off against Chennai, despite the improbable odds staked against such a possibility. Hyderabad will once again depend on the exploits of Shikar Dhawan and will hope that he will triumph because technically-speaking Chennai has no penetrative pacer/seamer in the squad at least not to the levels of a Dale Steyn or Lasith Malinga. If Chennai boasts of batsmen of extraordinary T20 calibre, then the home team has enough ammunition in its attack, including a heady cocktail of pace and spin, to trouble the best of them at their own game. Meanwhile, there are indications that Wriddhiman Saha could replace the off-colour as the opener. Thus bolstered, Chennai Super Kings go into the match with a decisive advantage.
28 Jan 2020 12:57 AM GMT