Chennai back on top with comprehensive victory over Hyderabad
Half centuries from openers Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis steered Chennai Super Kings to a big 7-wicket victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Chasing 172-run target set by Hyderabad, the MS Dhoni-led side cruised to victory with 9 balls to spare.
While Gaikwad scored 75 off 44 balls with 12 boundaries, du Plessis made a 38-ball 56, smashing 6 fours and a six.
Moeen Ali also chipped in with 15 off 8 balls, and Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina remained not out on 7 and 17 runs respectively.
For Hyderabad, Rashid Khan took all three wickets, conceding 36 runs in his quota of four overs. But apart from him, no other bowler could contribute anything.
Earlier in the match after opting to bat first, Hyderabad were inspired by the half centuries from captain David Warner and Manish Pandey to post 171 for 3 in their stipulated 20 overs.
Warner and Pandey shared a 106-run partnership for the second wicket between them. Warner scored 57 off 55 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes, while Pandey was much quicker, scoring 46-ball 61 with 5 fours and a six.
Towards the end of their innings, Kane Williamson played a quickfire knock of 26 off 10 balls, thanks to 4 fours and a six. Kedar Jadhav also scored 12 not out off just 4 balls, with a four and a six.
Among the Chennai bowlers, Lungi Ngidi took two for 35, and Sam Curran grabbed one for 30.
With this victory, Chennai regained their top position in the points table, having won 5 of their 6 matches so far. Hyderabad, in contrast, are at the bottom of the table, having won just one out of their 6 matches.
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 171 for 3 in 20 overs (Pandey 61, Warner 57; Ngidi 2/35) lost to Chennai Super Kings 173 for 3 in 18.3 overs (Gaikwad 75, du Plessis 56; Rashid 3/36) by 7 wickets.