As the league phase of the Indian Premier League 2013 moves into its final stages, the scramble for playoff spots has become more intense, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, currently on 14 points with three other teams, cannot afford a slip up when they host Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad on Wednesday (May 8).
Regarded as underdogs before the tournament began, Hyderabad have made unexpected strides to the top half of the table. They have their bowling attack, the best in the tournament, to thank for their current position. The same, however, cannot be said about their batting line-up which has let the team down on several occasions. However, the arrival of Darren Sammy, who has adapted well to the conditions, and the in-form Shikhar Dhawan has buoyed Hyderabad's batting.
If Kumar Sangakkara, the designated captain, who has had a dismal run in the tournament so far, finds his form it will add a new dimension to Hyderabad's struggling batting unit. Hyderabad's frontline bowlers - Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra - have complemented each well to make up for the lapses by their batsmen.