While the CSK, who are returning from a two-year hiatus, have already played six IPL finals, winning two of them. They have largely banked on Williamson's batting and strangled oppositions with their bowling attack, and Sunrisers coach Tom Moody said succeeding on different kind of pitches - especially adapting to flat ones - was their strength. Defending a modest 139, SRH had nearly stifled the Chennai Super Kings batsmen before losing the first qualifier due to the electrifying performance of Faf du Plessis. He also used his bowling options in a unique way. So do they have it in them to win one more game, the game that matters the most?
"Rashid reminds us whats best about Afg (sic)". Indian fans stormed the internet with requests to grant Rashid Khan Indian citizenship so he can play for Team India. Adding to all this is MS Dhoni getting back at finishing games. Among their problems were the average age of their squad, a couple of tournament-ending injuries, and losing home advantage after playing only one game in Chennai.
Don't miss the IPL final between Chennai and Sunrisers, live on Sky Sports from 2pm on Sunday. Much happy with the batting today which was needed at the end. One of his calls was to often under-bowl veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh through the league.
MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings
Tendulkar was also full of praise for Rashid's batting after the 19-year-old's cameo with the bat took Sunrisers Hyderabad to 174/7 in Qualifier 2.
"It is good that whenever we have played we have had at least two good fielders or outstanding fielders, that can man that deep midwicket position. We have done well so far but it is something that can hurt us at any time". "She wrote, "@rashidkhan_19 - I have seen all the tweets. "No we are not giving him away", he tweeted tagging Modi.
Chennai's two IPL titles came back-to-back, courtesy of victories over Mumbai Indians in 2010 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. Not only has the New Zealander produced shrewd field placings and bowling changes but also led from the front with the bat - no one has bettered his 688 runs and eight fifties.
By this time, we are sure that anyone who had any doubts over CSK's ability to win because of the number of veterans in the squad has been completely thwarted. This is the very important match for both the teams as it decides which team has to enter the finals. He's gird up his loins for another run in with the Chennai Super Kings, which boasts of a 3-0 record this season; in the immediate past contest against CSK at the Wankhede, he deceived its captain M.S. Dhoni, but the yellow brigade's Faf du Plessis had the last laugh.