Chennai Super Kings are currently the league leaders, thanks to their better run rate but they are certain to lose the top spot later tonight when second-placed Delhi Capitals and third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other.
The confidence in camp CSK will be sky high, thanks to their recent victory over RCB. It wasn’t just any victory either. It was a 69-run annihilation and ended RCB’s unbeaten start to the tournament.
The man responsible for that impressive victory was Ravindra Jadeja, who delivered one of the most memorable all-round performances of IPL history, contributing an unbeaten 62 off 28 with the bat and then claiming three wickets for just 13 runs with the ball. Not to mention his usual brilliance in the field that saw him secure a run-out dismissal.
Imran Tahir, too, proved that he has still got it at the age of 42, claiming a neat two-for – all of which should spell trouble for their opposition.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, meanwhile, must be feeling exactly the opposite of CSK. They are rooted to the bottom of the points table and are coming off a painful Super Over defeat to Delhi Capitals.
They were in a strong position to win that game but a spectacular middle order collapse saw them surrender that position of advantage. And then in the Super Over, the pairing of David Warner and Kane Williamson could only post seven runs, which were never going to be enough.
One positive of note for Sunrisers is their front three of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson – arguably the best top-order in the league, which is almost certain to deliver big in the games to come.