Dubai: The message from Mahendra Singh Dhoni after their defeat in the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore was loud and clear – ‘‘We need to get our act together.’’ It remains to be seen if Chennai Super Kings can buck the trend and be their old selves when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in another south Indian derby at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
The IPL 2020 has reached the halfway mark with the return matches getting underway now and in their first meeting, David Warner’s men had won a close match by seven runs. The result, however, will have no bearing on the battle ahead except the fact that David Warner’s men are looking a more organised team of the two at this juncture despite their astonishing five-wicket loss to underdogs Rajasthan Royals on Sunday afternoon.
Sitting in fifth position in the table, Sunrisers still have their share of problems with their main death bowler Bhubaneshwar Kumar ruled out of the tournament. However, the Orange Army seems close to finding the right composition with a solid top four in batting, T. Natarajan showing consistency in the death overs and a spin attack to die for in Rashid Khan.