Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: MS Dhoni’s team back in action, needs big win
It is not often that you see Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the bottom of the pile. With Week 2 of the IPL 2020 coming to an end, he was ruled out due to a poor outing and then a long break in the opening round. The break should act as a release for a team that is not used to Rock Bottom, so CSK are likely to be in a more relaxed state of mind when they play Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next game in Dubai on Friday (SRH). Sunrisers Hyderabad’s team is a little happy after registering their first win in IPL 2020, they have beaten the Delhi Capitals quite comfortably.
CSK is currently standing at rock bottom with a double-digit score of three matches, with a run-rate of -0.840. He has done well in the patch, with individual performances being of note. But overall performance so far has been disappointing.
Among the batsmen, Faf du Plessis remains consistent, while Ambati Rayudu, who bowled brilliantly in the opening day of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians, is injured. All the rest are decaying.
Bowling is not much better. The left hand of Sam Curran appears to be the only consistent object upwards while the rest have been good, bad or indifferent.
For SRH, he would be greatly relieved in defeating the Delhi capitals, especially since they were at the bottom of the pile when both sides met, while DC were right at the top.
SRH’s win boosted imports. Captain David Warner, Johnny Bairstow and Kane Williamson, playing their first match, were at all points with the bat, while Rashid Khan performed best with a cricket ball.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the front and led the entire bowling unit and all the others followed efficiently.
The key will be efficiency for both parties. One or two great performances can win you a strange match but to stay consistent on a win mode, it requires most players to produce optimized results.
Both sides will be hoping for such continuity, as there is still a long way to go for IPL 2020, a pair of more losses will put both sides in a real tight corner.