Ambati Rayudu (79) blizzard coupled with a calculated innings by Suresh Raina (54) powered Chennai Super Kings to a competitive 182/3 in 20 overs which was enough in the end to secure a 4-run win in a thriller at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Winning the toss, Kane Williamson opted to field and this decision bore fruit as the visitors struggled to score runs freely in the first 10 overs as they lost both their openers early and cheaply.
SRH bowling department was at their very best as Chennai registered the lowest powerplay total of the IPL 2018 season. However, Raina and Rayudu steadied the innings and slowly changed the complexion of the match with boundaries.
Soon after scoring his fifty, Rayudu changed his gear and smashed the ball all around the park thus upping the ante and increasing the run-rate as well. However, a mix-up in the middle forced Rayudu to return back and leave his innings incomplete.
MS Dhoni, the new batsman in, did not take any time to settle and started scoring boundaries from the word go. Dhoni’s 12-ball 25 helped Chennai to post a solid total on board after his team were off to a slow start. For SunRisers Hyderabad, Bhuvneshwar ended the match with figures of 1/22. Apart from him Rashid Khan chipped in with a wicket but was costly.
Despite leaving with no wicket, Shakib Al Hasan was the most economical bowler in the first innings as he conceded 32 runs in his four overs. He has to wait for one more match to achieve the 300 wickets milestone.
In reply to CSK’s 182, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost two quick wickets and skipper Kane Williamson came to the rescue and built a good partnership with Shakib. The stage was all set for Shakib to play a big innings but he failed in the end as he was departed by Karan Sharma for 24 runs.
As soon as the match was going away from Sunrisers’ hand, the Kane storm started and so does the raining of sixes. Later, Yusuf Pathan also joined the party. But it still wasn’t enough to pull out the miracle as both departed at the most crucial stage of the match.
CSK 182/3 (20 ov) | Raina 54* (43), Rayudu 79 (37) | B Kumar 1/22
SRH 178/6 (20 ov) | Kane 84 (51), Y Pathan 45 (27) | D Chahar 3/15
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 4 runs 1 of 1