Chennai Super Kings 182-3 (Ambati Rayudu 79, Suresh Raina 54*, MS Dhoni 25*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1-22) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178-6 (Kane Williamson 84, Yusuf Pathan 45, Deepak Chahar 3-15) by 4 runs.
The Super Kings have topped the table with that narrow four-run win. This match ebbed and flowed from the start. Looked like they were heading towards a sub-150 finish after making just 27 in the Powerplay and 54 in the first 10 overs. But Rayudu and Raina revived the innings with a century stand before Dhoni boosted the total past 180 with a sizzling cameo.
Then, Chahar strangulated Sunrisers with three quick wickets. And, when Williamson tried to almost single-handedly get the win for SRH, Bravo removed him and kept his calm in the last over to clinch the win. Unlike CSK’s other wins, this was due to a team effort than an individual brilliance.
he win was the Chennai Super Kings’ fourth of the season and helped them climb to the top of the standings. Given the opportunity of setting a target at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, CSK recovered from a slow start to post 182-3 riding on half-centuries from Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina.
Deepak Chaharthen landed three blows in the first five overs to derail the host’s run-chase at the very beginning. Kane Williamson then produced one of his best IPL innings, and a late innings blitz by Yusuf Pathan brought life back into the contest, before Dwayne Bravo, who had 19 to defend off the final over & six to defend off the final ball, bowled the perfect yorker to deny the hosts.
The CSK openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis (who replaced an ill Imran Tahir) could not find the boundary until the 20th ball of the innings when the former pulled a short delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and deposited it into the stands. The very next delivery the Australian didn’t pick the slower delivery, played too early, and holed out to the short midwicket fielder. du Plessis lost balance while attempting a sweep shot to be stumped.
CSK 32-2 after 7.1 overs. Then the rescue act, staged by Rayudu and Raina, who stitched together a century partnership over a period of 9.3 overs. MS Dhoni gave the innings the flourish CSK needed at the end, scoring 25 from 12 balls, which included 3 fours and a six. CSK, who were 27-1 in the powerplay, added 93 in the middle overs, and a further 62 in the final five to finish at 182-3.
Very few would have given the Sunrisers a chance to chase down 183 after being 22-3, more so without Shikhar Dhawan in their line-up. But Williamson wasn’t ready to surrender, and played a fantastic innings of 84 – made from 51 balls and studded with 5 fours and as many sixes. Opening the innings, the SRH captain cut and pulled well, and on one instance hit Ravindra Jadeja for an inside-out six. In the fifteenth over, he singled out Karn Sharma and hit him for three sixes.
Yusuf Pathan came out to bat in the eleventh over, by which time the required rate had nearly reached 12. He too started slowly, not scoring a boundary until he had faced 14 balls. Then he unleashed, hitting three sixes and a four and collecting 23 off the next six balls he faced. He collected another six at the start of the nineteenth over, and SRH were very much in business.
But the dismissals of Williamson and Yusuf (45 from 27 balls) in the space of five deliveries once again swung the momentum in favour of the visitors. Dwayne Bravo had six to defend off the final ball of the match, and Rashid Khan could only score one off the perfect yorker.
Man of the Match: Ambati Rayudu, for his 37-ball 79, which contained 9 fours & 4 sixes.