Dhawan's return to boost Sunrisers in absence of Perera, Sangakkara

That Hyderabad have won five of their seven games has been largely due to the efforts of their bowlers whereas their batting has been the weak link. In their five completed innings, they have managed an average score of only 134.

updated: April 25, 2013 10:59 IST
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Bangalore: If the loss of Thisara Perera, the in-form allrounder, and Kumar Sangakkara, their captain, was a deterrent for Sunrisers Hyderabad going into their match against Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday (April 25), then it has been somewhat compensated for by the availability of Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan had fractured his finger while fielding on his Test debut against Australia in Mohali last month and missed the early part of the Pepsi Indian Premier League. Krishnamachari Srikkanth, the chief mentor of Hyderabad, confirmed that Dhawan would be available for the Chennai match. "The best news is that Shikhar Dhawan is back and will be playing his first IPL match this season," he said. "It will be a big boost to our batting strength."

Asked who would replace Perera, Srikkanth preferred to play his cards close this chest, though he did indicate that one of Nathan McCullum or Darren Sammy would get a game. "I do not want to announce the team now. We have options like McCullum, an offspinner-allrounder, and Darren Sammy, who has led the West Indies successfully. One of them may come in."

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