Match Preview – Super Kings vs Sunrisers, IPL 2021, 23rd Match


To revive their own season, the Sunrisers will need more than just their in-form overseas personnel

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The IPL caravan moves to Delhi, one of the worst-hit regions in the throes of a resurgent Covid-19 wave raging through India. The teams kicking off the eight-match leg in the city – the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad – have set up camp for four games apiece and, like the other six sides, will be subject to tighter biosecurity restrictions, the onus, as per the BCCI, as much on winning as on catering to “something much more important…humanity.”

Conditions at the Arun Jaitley Stadium have historically favoured both the Super Kings and the Sunrisers, each winning six out of their eight outings at the venue. On recent evidence, though, the Super Kings, on a four-match winning run, hold the edge as the Sunrisers suffered their fourth defeat in five games in a one-over shootout against the Delhi Capitals two nights ago.

Pivotal to their turnaround since a seven-wicket loss in their season opener, vital contributions have come in fairly evenly from across disciplines in the Super Kings set-up. Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round tour de force at the Wankhede on Sunday that snapped the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s undefeated streak lent them a derring-do reminiscent of their title-winning campaigns of old.