IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – Live IPL Score
For Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH), Chennai, in a way, is a home away from home despite the southern metropolis being the den of the Super Kings.
Only a few kilometres from the Chidambaram Stadium, where Sunrisers will pit their bowling might against Kings’ strong batting line-up on Thursday, stand the headquarters of the two franchises diagonally opposite to each another.
But for the ‘one city one franchise’ rule of the T20 league, the new promoters of the Hyderabad team – Sun Network – could well have operated the team out of Chennai.
While a sea of yellow – the colour of the two-time champs Super Kings- is bound to engulf Chepauk, Sunrisers can expect some strong support for themselves.
Former India captain Kris Srikkanth, one of the two mentors of the Sunrisers, is from Chennai, and the franchise also signed up a domestic player from here, the uncapped Thalaivan Sargunam.
All these factors are expected to only add to the excitement of the contest with new-look Hyderabad also doing pretty well so far in what is their first season after their present promoters bought over Deccan Chargers and renamed them.
Hyderabad, like the Super Kings, have five wins from seven matches, although they did not achieve it with the same fluency and authority of that of the Lions.
Their victories have been scrappy affairs, but like Srikkanth told a news conference on Wednesday, “a win is a win”.
Batting has been Sunrisers’ Achilles heel, and with the top-order struggling, left-handed Shikhar Dhawan’s return from a hand injury that had kept him out of the tournament this far has come as a shot in the arm ahead of the crucial game. In his absence the top-order has, more often than not, failed to fire.
The visitors will be depleted by the absence of nominated skipper Kumar Sangakkara and in-form all-rounder Thisara Perera for this match owing to the league’s governing council’s decision (ban) on Sri Lankan recruits playing in Chennai.
The Sunrisers have so far ridden on the back of their top-class bowling attack, spearheaded by Dale Steyn and supported by fast bowler Ishant Sharma.
Australian Cameron White will stand in again for Sangakkara, while West Indian Darren Sammy is expected to take Perera’s place. They will complete the four foreign spots along with Steyn and opener Quinton de Kock, who will open with Dhawan.
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