23:49 (IST): So, the Chennai Super Kings have notched up another impressive victory in the tournament, their fourth so far in IPL 7 out of five. Dwayne Smith was once again very impressive while opening along with Brendon McCullum and right from the start in their chase of 146, Chennai looked in control. Captain MS Dhoni said that it was a good toss to lose today as they could have been in a similar situation to that of Sunrisers Hyderabad, had they batted first. He credited the opening batsmen and bowlers for a good performance once again. Dwayne Smith was given the Man of the Match award and he said the plan between him and Brendon McCullum while opening the batting was to stay calm and catch up later. That's it from us then!
23:32 (IST): Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets at Sharjah.
23:24 (IST): OUT! Jadeja b Ishant Sharma 6. CSK 138/5 (18.3 overs). 'Sir' Jadeja seems to not care about things! It's not my job from here, he seems to say.
23:20 (IST): Chennai Super Kings cruising to a win. Need 10 runs off 12 balls to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad.
23:10 (IST): OUT! Bhuvneshwar gets rid of Du Plessis too but Chennai Super Kings look set for a comfortable victory.
23:07 (IST): OUT! Dwayne Smith c David Warner b Bhuvneshwar 66. CSK 126/3 (15.3 ovs) chasing 146 vs SRH. Timeout!
23:00 (IST): Dwayne Smith has raced to 63 off 42 deliveries and just got the fifth six of his innings off Karn Sharma! The orange cap is not far, Mr. Smith! CSK 122/2 (14.4 overs).
22:58 (IST): OUT! Suresh Raina c Venugopal Rao b Ishant Sharma 14. CSK 114/2 (14 overs).
22:49 (IST): CSK 94/1 (12 overs) chasing 146 vs SRH. Smith gets 50! CSK girls are happy!
22:43 (IST): OUT! Brendon McCullum b Karn Sharma 40. CSK 85/1 (10.5 overs) chasing 146 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. Karn Sharma is having a brilliant day despite his team not doing that well!
22:37 (IST): Ashwin says CSK team meetings go for less than a minute these days. Seems right! CSK 74/0 (9.4 overs).
22:28 (IST): Dwayne Smith just pushes it gently upwards for a six off Ishant! CSK 59/0 (7.2 overs) vs SRH.
22:18 (IST): Smith & Brendon McCullum have given CSK a blazing start in their chase of 146. CSK 41/0 (5.2 overs).
22:08 (IST): SIX! CSK 19/0 (2.5 ovs) chasing 146 vs SRH. This girl wants Dhoni to marry her.
21:59 (IST): Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been impressive so far in IPL 7. Can he get a wicket? CSK 7/0 (1.2 overs).
21:40 (IST): Sunrisers Hyderabad post 145/5 (20 overs) against Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah.
21:32 (IST): The most expensive uncapped Indian player in IPL 7, Karn Sharma gets 6! Oh, wait he gets another one! Another gigantic six from the young man! Can he get another one, now? Gone up in the air and DROPPED! SRH 133/5 (19 overs). Here is a snap of Sakshi Dhoni looking on nervously.
21:24 (IST): OUT! Aaron Finch b Mohit Sharma 44. SRH 109/5 (17.2 overs). Misses out on his 50! Darren Sammy looking good on the other end.
21:13 (IST): OUT! Venugopal Rao c Dwayne Smith b Mohit Sharma 13. SRH 98/4 (15 overs) vs CSK. Strategic timeout! Meanwhile, Aaron Finch is nearing a half-century.
21:10 (IST): Sunrisers Hyderabad have slowed down quite a lot after Lokesh Rahul's dismissal. SRH 94/3 (14.2 overs).
20:54 (IST): OUT! Lokesh Rahul c Ishwar Pandey b Dwayne Smith 25. SRH 67/3 (10.3 overs). Commentator's curse!
20:50 (IST): Lokesh Rahul (22*) is giving some great support to Aaron Finch (26*). Inspiring! SRH 62/2 (9 overs). Ashwin gets ready to bowl his second over.
20:40 (IST): Lokesh Rahul gets the first six of the match off Ravindra Jadeja! Huge one! SRH 45/2 (6.4 overs).
20:33 (IST): Short and wide from Mohit Sharma! And Lokesh Rahul leaps onto it for four! SRH 31/2 (4.4 overs).
20:23 (IST): OUT! David Warner lbw b Ben Hilfenhaus 0. SRH 15/2 (2.4 overs). Lokesh Rahul, the team top-scorer in Sunrisers Hyderabad's loss against Kings XI Punjab, comes out to bat. Aaron Finch is with him on the other end.
20:22 (IST): OUT! Shikhar Dhawan c Mithun Manhas b Ben Hilfenhaus 7. SRH 15/1 (2.2 overs). Dhawan's bad form continues!
20:16 (IST): Ben Hilfenhaus gives away 8 runs in his first over. Sunrisers Hyderabad 8/0 (1 over) vs CSK. Shikhar Dhawan seems to be in good touch. Leapt on to width offered from Hilfenhaus on the fourth delivery and got a four!
Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan (c), David Warner, Lokesh Rahul, Darren Sammy, Venugopal Rao, Karn Sharma, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma
Chennai Super Kings
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c), Mithun Manhas, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma
19:39 (IST): Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss and elect to bat first against Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah. MS Dhoni says he wanted to bat first too but expects the pitch to not change much during the course of the match. While Chennai Super Kings remain unchanged, Sunrisers Hyderabad bring in Ishant Sharma for Naman Ojha.
Chennai take on Hyderabad
Having opened their account in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad will bank on their new-found confidence when they face the acid test of taking on a formidable Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Sunday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad started their IPL-7 campaign on a disappointing note, losing to Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in their first two games, but managed to bounce back against Delhi Daredevils by notching up a narrow four-run win in Dubai on Saturday.
Hyderabad rode on the knocks of Aaron Finch (88) and David Warner (58), both of whom stitched a 128-run stand for the unconquered second wicket, and then restricted Delhi to 180 for four to record their first win of the season.
Finch and Warner will be expected to repeat their exploits against a team, that has been one of the most consistent sides in the cash-rich event.
Skipper and opener Shikhar Dhawan is yet to click in the tournament and he would certainly be keen to demonstrate his batting prowess.The middle-order, with the likes of Lokesh Rahul and Y Venugopal Rao, has failed so far and the youngsters must be itching to make a mark. (Read more)
Hilfenhaus excited to play under Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings' Australian recruit Ben Hilfenhaus is enjoying playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni and says the India captain hasn't changed since the time he has joined the yellow brigade.
"He has not changed at least since the time I have been around. He is good to play under and there are exciting times ahead," Hilfenhaus said.
The Aussie took the important wickets of Mike Hussey and Rohit Sharma in CSK's seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Friday.
It was a dominant performance by CSK who made it three wins in a row after a blip in the first match of the tournament.
"Yes definitely, it was a great performance from the boys tonight. It is nice to be on a roll in T20 cricket and it is good to be on that roll at the moment. Hopefully we can just continue that for the rest of the tournament," Hilfenhaus was quoted as saying by 'IPLT20.com'. (Read more)
Dhoni praises Mohit
Chennai Super Kings on Friday produced a clinical performance to register their third consecutive win in IPL 7 and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni attributed the success to the "superb" death bowling of his pace battery.
Young Mohit Sharma (4/14) shone with the ball before Brendon McCullum smashed a belligerent unbeaten 71 to guide Chennai to a comfortable seven-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Mohit produced a fine death bowling display to help Chennai restrict the title holders to a modest 141 for seven.
"The death bowling was superb. In the middle overs they (Mumbai) had a partnership going which meant we were under a bit of pressure. It meant the bowlers had to step up," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (Read more)
First win was crucial: Shikhar Dhawan
Sunrisers Hyderabad earned their first points in Indian Premier League 2014 with a thrilling four-run win against Delhi Daredevils in Dubai on Friday. Chasing 184 for a win, Delhi needed 20 runs in the last over, but came close but Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a tight last over.
Hyderabad rode a 56-run opening wicket start after winning the toss. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored 33 off 22 balls and he was the only Sunrisers wicket to fall as fellow-opener Aaron Finch and David Warner remained unbeaten on 88 and 58, respectively, to post a formidable total.
"Finally we are off the mark. It's a great feeling to win and we needed it to boost our confidence. We knew we had the people and we just needed to click," Dhawan said, adding: "We started off with a great partnership and Aaron and Warner too got us through." (Read more)