Sunrisers Hyderabad made the big call of dropping off their captain and legend David Warner in their last game, against Rajasthan Royals, and the decision paid an instant dividend.
His replacement, Alex Hales, showed the Hyderabad faithful what they had been missing by contributing 60 off 42 in a successful chase of a 165-run target.
It’s too late to salvage anything out of the season but Hyderabad has given an early indication that they will not just show up to make up the numbers in what fixtures they have left in the season.
Warner, meanwhile, has played his last game of the tournament and probably even for the franchise.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai sits pretty at the top of the points table, with by far the best net run rate and also a game in hand, which they will use up in this fixture.
The MS Dhoni-led side is unbeaten in the UAE leg, winning all three of their matches so far to once again emerge as the team to beat in the tournament.
In their last game, a final-ball thriller of a win against Kolkata, they were stretched to the limits but got the job done. Their loaded batting lineup has very few flaws and is beginning to prove a difference against opponents.