Both, Chennai and Hyderabad have 5 wins each from 7 games. It would be a battle for supremacy for the number two position as the two Southern-India teams clash in Chennai.
Team News: Chennai have played well as a unit. Their top order has been in good form and the middle and lower middle order has come up with splendid cameos at crucial moments. Michael Hussey has been their star with the bat. The bowling has been disciplined with the likes of Mohit Sharma, Chris Morris and R Ashwin not only keeping a tight leash on the batsmen but also making important inroads at critical moments in the match.
In form player: Michael Hussey has been in tremendous form in the tournament. He has hit 305 runs at an average of 76.25 from 6 matches.
Hit: Ravindra Jadeja has been the revelation for Chennai. He has come up with scintillating cameos taking Chennai home on more than one occasion. His strike rate of 169.56 has been simply outstanding while he has also been doing a good job with the ball.
Miss: Murali Vijay hasn't exactly set the house on fire and has been struggling up the order. He has just aggregated 104 from 7 matches. His strike rate has also been poor.
Team form: 5 wins from 7 games, Last encounter: defeated Rajasthan by 5 wickets.
Team News: The batting has been a cause of worry for Hyderabad. None of their top order batsmen have really delivered. However, the bowling has been excellent and that is what has covered for the poor performance of the batsmen. Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma have led the pace attack amicably while leg-spinner Amit Mishra has been their leading wicket taker and has also done a good job of containing the batsmen.
In form player: Hard-hitting all-rounder, Thisara Perera has been the star performer for Hyderabad. He has come up with crucial cameos and is the leading run-scorer for his side thus far. He has also been impressive with the ball and has been rewarded with 9 wickets for his efforts.
Hit: Dale Steyn has bowled with fire and pace and rattled the best in the business in the tournament. He has picked up 8 wickets at an economy rate of just 5.46.
Miss: Top order has been a concern for the Hyderabad team. While wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel's repeated failures led to the inclusion of Quinton de Kock, the South African too has failed in impress in his last two outings.
Team form: 5 wins from 7 games, Last encounter: defeated Punjab by 5 wickets.
CB Pick: It would be a contest between Chennai's batsmen and Hyderabad's bowlers. Given the fact that Chennai has a better all-round team and a stronger batting unit coupled with the home crowd support, we ought to go with them as the favourites.
Replying to CSK's 160, Deccan's Cameron White blasted 77 off 53 balls but the visitors fell short by 10 runs.
Here are the scorecards of the matches played between the teams from past editions.
May 4, 2012 - Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers - Chennai Super Kings won by 10 runs