Shikhar Dhawan-led Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Brisbane Heat in a make-or-break Group B Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) match in Ahmedabad on Monday. Hyderabad will have to win this match by a huge margin to have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals. On the other hand, Brisbane Heat will only be playing for pride as they are out of the race to reach the last-four stage.
Hyderabad, who suffered a crushing eight-wicket defeat against the South African side Titans in Ranchi on Saturday night, will want to improve their performance against Brisbane, especially in bowling.
The debutants have had a disappointing CLT20 so far, with their bowlers letting them down badly. Amit Mishra has only been able to pick up one wicket so far, and with the exception of Dale Steyn, the pacers have been taken to the cleaners.
Hyderabad's batting, however, hasn't looked that bad so far but still not up to the scratch. While the openers - Dhawan and Parthiv Patel - have given them bright starts most of the times, the middle order has been a problem. Batsman JP Duminy and allrounders Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy have not performed consistently and that had let the team down at crucial stages. On Monday, Hyderabad will have to fire on all cylinders to give themselves an outside chance to qualify for the semis.
Talking about Brisbane, three consecutive defeats have derailed their campaign. The depleted Australian outfit, which failed miserably with the bat in the games against Trinidad & Tobago, Titans and CSK, will be expecting its batsmen to show more responsibility.
They lost to CSK by eight wickets on Saturday as the IPL finalists chased down a modest target of 138 runs with utmost ease. Brisbane would hope that captain James Hopes, who has plenty of international experience and has also captained the IPL side Delhi Daredevils, gives them a solid start and Joe Burns takes charge of the middle order.
Besides, allrounder Dan Christian will also have to carry the batting burden. Chris Lynn, the big-hitting batsman, is another player who can make an impact. The bowling unit, which includes Test spinner Nathan Hauritz, has done well so far but have found little or no support from the team's batsmen.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 JP Duminy, 4 Hanuma Vihari, 5 Thisara Perera, 6 Darren Sammy, 7 A Ashish Reddy, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Karan Sharma
Brisbane Heat: 1 James Hopes (capt), 2 Dom Michael, 3 Chris Lynn, 4 Daniel Christian, 5 Joe Burns, 6 Chris Hartley (wk), 7 Ben Cutting, 8 Alister McDermott, 9 Cameron Gannon, 10 Nathan Hauritz, 11 Matthew Gale, 11