Both the teams, with one win and a loss, would look to bounce back with a victory in order to stay in contention for the semi-finals.
Ranchi: Both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Titans, with one win and a loss, would look to bounce back with a victory in order to stay in contention for the semi-final when they clash in their Champions League Twenty20 match here on Saturday.
Hyderabad and Titans are on four points and the side which losses could find it tough to make the semis. After qualifying into the main draw, Hyderabad started on a winning note against Trinidad & Tobago before losing to Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.
Chennai, led by captain MS Dhoni's unbeaten 19-ball 63, put up a massive 202; and Hyderabad, coming out for the chase, managed 190 for 7 to lose by 12 runs in a close contest.
Like the previous matches, Hyderabad will depend heavily on their openers - Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel - to give them a solid start. In the last game against Chennai, both the openers gave their team a start required for the big chase, but failed to take Hyderabad home. However, Dhawan and Parthiv can't afford to relax considering Titans' bowling attack led by Morne Morkel.
Darren Sammy, who top-scored with a 25-ball 50 against Chennai, could be a doubtful starter after suffering an injury while batting and if that happens it would be a big blow for Hyderabad, who will then expect a lot more from the other two allrounders, Thisara Perera and JP Duminy.
The bowlers erred against CSK leaking runs at a canter and can't afford any laxity on their part. Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra have to raise the bar ahead of the crucial tie as the team's go-to bowlers.
On the other hand, Titans have also been brilliant with the bat but were unlucky to go down to Chennai by four wickets in their opening match. But they bounced back in the second match by managing a narrow four-run win over Brisbane Heat.
Titans' AB de Villiers and Henry Davids were in top form in their first match, but somehow in the second their batsmen failed to capitalise on the starts and crumbled to 123. But the bowlers did the job by restricting Brisbane to 119.
Besides Morkel and Roelof van der Merwe, a lot will depend on Row Richards and Marchant de Lange who have proved their bowling credentials in the previous outings. But the Titans will have to remember that they will be up against a quality opposition on Saturday, equally desperate for victory to stay alive in the tournament.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Parthiv Patel, 3 JP Duminy, 4 Thisara Perera, 5 Darren Sammy, 6 Hanuma Vihari/Biplab Samantaray, 7 Ashish Reddy, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Karan Sharma 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Dale Steyn
Titans: 1 Henry Davids (capt), 2 Farhaan Behardien, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Jacques Rudolf, 5 Heino Kuhn, 6 Roelof van der Merwe, 7 David Wiese, 8 Mangaliso Mosehle, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Marchant de Lange, 11 Rowan Richards