An elbow injury to Shikhar Dhawan in the last game against KXIP, leaves the management a lot to think about ahead of today's crucial encounter between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium.
Both Sunrisers and Super Kings beat Rajasthan by big margins (9 wickets and 64 runs respectively), beat Mumbai Indians by one wicket off the final ball, overcame Kolkata Knight Riders' challenge by five wickets and were beaten by Kings XI Punjab. There will, however, be a change in that trend when the Sunrisers host the Super Kings in Hyderabad on Sunday (April 22), with SRH having won eight of their nine matches at home since their loss to Rising Pune Supergiant last season. Yet, it is the visitors who lead the head-to-head 4-2 between the sides.
Dhawan's injury will keep SRH on their toes as they are fretting over an ideal replacement if Dhawan misses out from the game. With SRH already missing out on Warner's firepower at the top, in-form Dhawan's potential unavailability after he was hit on the elbow in their last game, puts them in a spot of bother.
CSK on the other hand will be boosted by Shane Watson's century at the top of the order against Rajasthan. That Raina has returned fit into the side will also be an added boost for them. MS Dhoni was seen keeping instead of his back injury which he picked up against KXIP. It will be interesting to see if Rayudu will keep instead of MSD in today's game.
While SRH have been reliant on their bowlers to deliver the goods, CSK bowling hasn't come to the party so far in the tournament.However, with a side like CSK, whose batting runs deep with the presence of multiple match-winners, the onus will again be on SRH's bowlers.
As far as team news from both camps are concerned, chances of Dhawan playing today's game is looking bleak. Alex Hales can make it to the playing XI in his place while CSK are unlikely to change a winning habit which is so like MS Dhoni in the IPL.
Playing conditions are expected to be tough as its a 4 pm start. A hot day is in prospect with the temperatures rising upto 39 degrees.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and have opted to field
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Kane Williamson(c), Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul
Chennai Super Kings : Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur