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The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad will compete for two points in Match 50 of Pepsi IPL 2014.
CSK have already confirmed their berth in the Playoffs. In recent times, the team has suffered a couple of hiccups, losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore and most recently to the Kolkata Knight Riders. The team will want to get back to its winning ways quickly, for they will be keen finish the league season among the top two teams and head to the Playoffs with some winning momentum.
Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing to stay in the race for the Playoffs. They not only need a victory to remain in the race, but also need to win big to improve their net run-rate, which is the worst amongst all the teams still in contention for the Playoffs.
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8 pm IST
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
With Brendon McCullum heading back home to be with his wife for their child’s birth, the team will need the other two in-form players – Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina – to step up. Smith is CSK’s top run-getter, while Raina – who has had few opportunities to stamp his authority – will be confident after scoring half-centuries in his last two innings. On the basis of what one saw in the previous match, in Ranchi, CSK’s spinners – R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Samuel Badree – will be expected to once again exploit the conditions in play.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s decision to promote the in-form David Warner to open the innings came off in their previous match. They will, in all likelihood, stick to the same hoping pair and hope Shikhar Dhawan and Warner can repeat their performances. Naman Ojha and Aaron Finch hold the key in the middle order, given their ability to play the big shots regularly. On the bowling front, SRH need Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dale Steyn to cause some damage early on and hope the spinners can strangle the CSK batsmen.
Notes from previous match
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders: Chennai Super Kings will need a huge improvement in their performance in the powerplay overs; their batsmen played out 26 dot-balls in the initial six over of their innings. The other major let down was the catching; usually a very good fielding side, CSK dropped two crucial catches early on in KKR’s run-chase; R Ashwin dropped Robin Uthappa on four and Suresh Raina grassed a chance when Uthappa was on 24.
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore: SRH will be happy with their all-round performance in the match, especially given they emerged victorious. SRH could use their bowling resources better; the two overs bowled by Venugopal Rao and Darren Sammy cost the team 26 runs. Positives from the match include runs from Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner at the top and the 100-run partnership between them.
The Chennai Super Kings have a 100 percent record from their three matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the most recent meeting between these two teams in Sharjah, CSK restricted SRH to 145/5 and chased down the runs in the final over, with skipper MS Dhoni sealing the chase with a boundary off Amit Mishra.
Chennai Super Kings have lost the fewest wickets this season; in the 12 matches they’ve played so far, they’ve lost only 55 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings will head to Bengaluru to play their final league fixture against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 24. Sunrisers Hyderabad also take the field on the same day against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have turned things around for themselves and are in contention for a place in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 Playoffs. Assistant coach Vijay Dahiya, who addressed the press at the Eden Gardens ahead of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, sighted self-belief and KKR’s open door policy as couple of reasons why they have been able to do so.
With 14 points, they are currently in fourth place as the league nears its business end. Dahiya said, “Self-belief, to be honest, has helped the team. Also the kind of environment that we have in the team is fantastic.”
“We had a couple of close games and we knew we are there, if we hold on to couple of key overs – only then we can go across the winning line and that’s what we have decided to do. The kind of environment created by the coaches is fantastic. I think all along, in the last couple of years, we have had a very open door policy. Anyone can come and open up and say what he feels. All suggestions are welcome, whether it is off the field or even on the field. If you look, anyone can go to Gautam Gambhir and express themselves and say if a certain thing can be done at that time; and that is the key. The environment is so good and that’s the reason why we have been able to turn things around.”
Speaking about the team’s strong position in the points table with regards to Playoffs qualification, he said, “I think we are playing good cricket, which is very important. When you are playing good cricket, you get the desired result as well. And obviously when you win, the confidence is always high. We would love to continue in the same way.”
One of the key factors for the team has also been Robin Uthappa’s form. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been the lynchpin of the team’s line-up, and along with captain Gautam Gambhir, has held the innings together. Speaking about the in-form batsman, who is also in the Purple Cap race, Dahiya said, “There is no doubt that he is playing good cricket. He has been in superb touch. And we always believe it is a team game and there are other people who are contributing as well. But I will say that he is in great touch.”
KKR has also been relying on their spinners in most games. When asked whether they will play three spinners against RCB, Dahiya replied, “It depends on a particular day. You look at the opposition and then you make the strategy. We have always looked at what kind of XI we need against different teams, and we will always think about that. If you look, we have played horses for courses; so wherever we have needed an extra spinner, we have gone with that. I cannot tell you right now if we will play three spinners or change the combination.”
“We play to our strength. It is not about what the surface is providing. Most of the time, it is about your strength, and spin has been our strength. If you see, this season, our fast bowlers have done fantastically as well,” he added.
While explaining the reason behind playing Pat Cummins in place of Morne Morkel in the previous game, Dahiya said, “In this case, we thought we could go with a different sort of bowler. There is a difference between these two guys, and it is important to keep checking your bench strength as well. And Cummins has been bowling well in the nets that’s why we thought it was important to give him a chance.”
When asked if they had any specific plans for RCB’s AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh, who have been taking apart attacks, Dahiya said that they always have plans for players. However, he explained, “It is about sticking to our plans and that is what we are going to do. You can’t say it is about a special plan for Yuvraj or de Villiers only. They have Virat Kohli in their side as well and then there is Chris Gayle; how can you not count him? So they are a good side and it is important for us to stay focused and keep getting better.”
While KKR have been doing well, they have left out experienced campaigner Jacques Kallis from the playing XI on a few occasions. While explaining the veteran all-rounder’s exclusion, Dahiya said, “He is a champion and he is a legend. And I think it is a very difficult call. But credit must be given to Jacques Kallis for that as well. You have a couple of players, captain, vice-captain and support staff sitting together and putting together the playing XI, and he is a part of that. And there have been a couple of occasions where he himself has said that on particular wicket if we go with an extra spinner, it will be better. And he himself has said that the other guy will be more useful for the team, so all credit to Jacques Kallis. He himself has opted out of couple of games saying that this combination will work better for the team.”