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Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Sunrisers Hyderabad finished bottom of the pile in last season's Indian Premier League, losing 10 of their 14 matches, and a response was needed coming into the new season.

And while they have lost two of their opening three matches of 2024, Hyderabad struck a record-breaking 277 in their sole victory over Mumbai Indians, hinting that a much more prosperous campaign could be on the cards.

Australia's Test captain Pat Cummins was drafted in for a hefty fee but he has already started to show his worth and the Sunrisers have a golden opportunity to demonstrate their progress when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Friday.

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings betting tips and predictions

Sunrisers Hyderabad to win - 1/1

There is not a lot between these sides in the betting so slight preference is for Sunrisers Hyderabad given they have home advantage.

Hyderabad will be eager to lay down a marker at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium and they can draw on plenty of promise shown in their opening three matches.

The Sunrisers plundered an IPL record 277-3 in their second match of the season, a 31-run win over Mumbai, when three of their players made fifties and Aiden Markram finished on 42 not out.

It was a match which highlighted Hyderabad's exceptional batting depth and their bowling unit has also impressed, with Cummins, arguably the finest pace bowler in world cricket, having already taken four wickets.

The win over Mumbai was followed by a seven-wicket defeat to Gujarat Titans but they once again showed skill and determination to take the game to the final over despite setting a sub-par target with the bat.

Chennai, meanwhile, showed signs of vulnerability when leaking 191 runs in a 20-run defeat to Delhi Capitals last time out and they could be burned by the Sunrisers if they are not up to scratch on Friday.

Heinrich Klaasen top Sunrisers Hyderabad batter - 7/2

Mayank Agarwal and Travis Head are a dangerous opening pair for Hyderabad but it is Heinrich Klaasen who has shone brightest this season.

South Africa international Klaasen contributed an unbeaten 80 from only 34 deliveries in Hyderabad's record IPL total, a knock that featured seven sixes.

Klaasen enjoyed an excellent World Cup in India at the end of last year and he has scored 167 runs in this season's IPL at an average of 83.5.

Hyderabad's top four all have promise but number five Klaasen has been called upon in all three of their matches this season and is again worth a bet to lead the way for the hosts with the bat.

Pat Cummins top match bowler - 6/1

Mustafizur Rahman moved to the top of the IPL's wicket-taking charts on seven scalps last time out but the Chennai Super Kings ace is a doubt for Friday's contest.

That could open up the top match bowler market and, at 6/1, Hyderabad's Australian superstar Cummins represents the value to take the most wickets in the match.

Cummins has previously underwhelmed in the IPL but he is already starting to justify his lofty price tag with four wickets in the Sunrisers' first three matches.

He also has the best economy rate of any other Sunrisers Hyderabad player (7.91) and there is more variation to his bowling these days.

He is starting to translate his world-class qualities shown in Test cricket to the T20 arena and will likely have a huge influence on proceedings against Chennai on Friday.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings odds

Sunrisers Hyderabad - 1/1
Chennai Super Kings -
4/5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page are correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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