Ranchi, 25 September
Confident after making a perfect start, star-studded Chennai Super Kings will start as favourites against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 competition here tomorrow.
Riding on their batting firepower, CSK successfully chased down the stiff target of 185 runs set by Titans with six wickets in hand to start their CLT20 campaign on a rousing note at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium Complex.
Come tomorrow, the Chennai outfit would be hoping to make the most of the winning momentum.
But it will not be a cakewalk for local boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men as, in the Sunrisers, they face a side who too would be eager to carry on with their good work.
Two-time Indian Premier League champions CSK boast a star-studded line-up, featuring India skipper Dhoni, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey and Dwayne Bravo around whom the team’s batting will revolve.
Hussey, Raina and Bravo set up CSK’s run chase the other day with some scintillating strokeplay and the trio would be planning a repeat performance against the Sunrisers. Having failed in the previous match, Dhoni is due for a big knock in front of his home crowd.
The Chennai team have quality all-rounders in their ranks. Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Bravo and Raina possess the ability to change the complexion of the game at any point.
They also give their skipper a variety of options while bowling, apart from saving runs whilst fielding.
But CSK’s bowling attack would be a cause of concern for Dhoni considering the fact that the Titans found it easy to deal with.
Dhoni would be looking for an improved performance from Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja and Bravo.The Sunrisers too would be high on confidence. They rode on Thisara Perera’s unbeaten 57 to beat Trinidad and Tobago by six wickets in their first match of the main draw at Mohali yesterday.Perera slammed four boundaries and as many sixes to score his runs off just 32 balls and seal a win for his side.
Parthiv Patel, captain Shikhar Dhawan, J P Duminy, Darren Sammy and Hanuma Vihari got out after making good starts. With South African speedster Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and leg-spinner Amit Mishra in their ranks, the Sunrisers possess a very incisive bowling attack. Steyn and Mishra looked gormless against Trinidad and the duo would be desperate to prove their critics wrong with noteworthy performances tomorrow.