It wouldn't be too accurate to call it a derby, but when Chennai Super Kings take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday (September 26) in a Champions League Twenty20 2013 encounter, there will be a semblance of an Indian derby. Both teams have momentum gained from victories, both have capable match-winners and in-form players, and with the top spot in Group B there for the taking, both would be keen to take a giant stride towards qualification.
Given that they are based in Ranchi, Chennai hold a bit of an advantage. Following their four-wicket win against Titans on Sunday, they've had time to put up their feet, take a nap, and recover from any strain sustained during that match. Hyderabad, meanwhile, played Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday in Mohali, winning by four wickets, and then made the trip to Ranchi the following day. They opted to have optional practice on the eve of the match, while Chennai went through a full net session.
Chennai will be pleased with how their batting came good in the victory over Titans. Chasing a massive 186, an 89-run second-wicket stand between Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina set the foundation, with 65 amassed in the first five overs. Without much of a need to hurry, Dwayne Bravo and S Badrinath took them closer to victory with a stand of 58, and despite a slightly worrying mini-implosion towards the end, where Chennai lost three wickets for 11, they managed to cross the line.