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Chennai Super Kings have won their last three fixtures in the Indian Premier League 2013 © IANS

Chennai: Apr 24, 2013

After a five-day break, the Sunrisers Hyderabad travel 600kms down south to the port city of Chennai to take on MS Dhoni’s powerful Chennai Super Kings. Both teams currently sit on 10 points in the table and second-placed Chennai find themselves ahead of Hyderabad on net run-rate. While Chennai’s accomplishment of having won five games out of seven is nothing out of the blue, not many expected IPL’s newest franchise to put up a challenge so early in the tournament.

It’s no secret that the Hyderabad team bank on its bowling attack, spearheaded by Dale Steyn and strung together around the fingers of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who got a third hat-trick to his name in the tournament’s short history. The bowlers have done the cleaning up after the batsmen just failed to get going. This is emphasised by the fact that the Sunrisers have just one score of above 140 in the tournament — 161 they scored against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and still lost. If you take an average of their six other scores in the tournament, it comes up to less than 125.

The Hyderabad batting will also have to do without the reliable middle-order batsman Thisara Perera in Chennai due to the ongoing dispute. This could mean that Darren Sammy might get a first game. Shikhar Dhawan is also expected to regain match fitness soon, and Hyderabad would sure be bolstered if the swashbuckling opening bat gets to play in Chennai.

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