Ambati Rayudu struck a brilliant century to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cruise to an 8-wicket victory against SunRisers Hyderabad during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match at the MCA Stadium, Pune on Sunday evening. In reply to SRH's 179/4 in 20 overs, CSK batsmen didn't flinch in overhauling the total with 6 balls remaining. Shane Watson (57) also chipped in to stitch a 134-run partnership with Rayadu. After this win, CSK have edged a step closer to IPL 2018 playoffs with 16 points, while SRH, who have already qualified for the IPL 2018, remained at the top with 18 points. The top order CSK batsmen denied the most effective bowling attack of the tournament as they reached the target without much trouble. Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson struck magnificent centuries to help their team post a competitive total. (SCORECARD)
IPL 2018 Highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad match, straight from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
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19:30 IST: Chennai Super Kings beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets. (CSK 180/2 in 19 overs)
19:29 IST: Ambati Rayadu hits his century off 62 balls. Superb knock by him. He is the fourth man in this season to hit a century. A fantastic knock. This is his maiden IPL hundred. He hit 7 fours and 7 sixes.
19:26 IST: FOUR! Dhoni hits a four. Pull it over the leg side for a boundary.
19:23 IST: SIX! Dhoni hits a maximum over mid on region. Chennai Super Kings need 8 runs in 12 balls
19:20 IST: Rayadu is nearing his hundred.
19:14 IST: SIX! Rayadu hits another monster of a six. 80 metres long. Back-to-back boundaries for Rayadu.
19:12 IST: DROPPED! Dhoni dropped on 2 by Manish Pandey. That should have been taken. A mishit and Dhoni survives.
19:08 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 37 runs in 30 balls
19:05 IST: MS Dhoni is the new man in.
19:03 IST: OUT! Suresh Raina has to go. He departs for 2. Williamson takes a good catch. Sandeep Sharma gets his man. CSK 137/2 in 14.1 overs
19:02 IST: Suresh Raina is the new man in for Chennai.
19:00 IST: WICKET! Run-out chance and the batsman has to return to the pavilion. Watson departs after a brilliant 57 runs off 35 balls. He has done the damage already for SRH. CSK 134/1 in 13.3 overs
18:58 IST: SIX! Rayadu takes Shakib to the cleaners now. That is 87 metres long and is off to the third tier. CSK 134/0 in 13.2 overs
18:58 IST: FOUR! Watson gets another boundary. 14 off it. Expensive one for Bhuvi. CSK 128/0 in 13 overs
18:55 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on. He needs to strike here and get a breakthrough. This match is slipping away fast from the SunRisers.
18:52 IST: SIX! Rayadu wants to get his team over the line soon it seems. Hales can only look at the ball sailing over his head for a six. CSK 112/0 in 11.3 overs
18:50 IST: Rashid Khan returns for Hyderabad to bowl his third over.
18:50 IST: FOUR! A gorgeous cover drive by Rayadu. Full length delivery by Sandeep and he pummels it towards the off side region. CSK 106/0 in 11 overs
18:46 IST: SIX! Rayadu gets hold of that absolutely fine. Brings up his fifty with a maximum. 89 metres long six. SHeer power. Magnificent shot. Super stuff. CSK 101/0 in 10.3 overs
18:44 IST: FOUR! Good end to the over. Shane Watson brings up his fifty in 31 balls. CSK 93/0 in 10 overs
18:39 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 97 runs in 66 balls
18:35 IST: FOUR! Superb shot by Rayadu over the bowler's head for a boundary. CSK are off to a flying start. Watson and Rayadu have played brilliantly for Chennai. CSK 77/0 in 8 overs
18:24 IST: FOUR! Poor effort from Siddarth! Fires it full down the leg side and Watson glances to short fine leg, Kaul runs. CSK 52/0 in 5.5 overs
18:15 IST: SIX! Watson hits a maximum over mid on region. Hyderabad's seamers aren't getting swing, there was plenty earlier in the game but it has got quite cooler and it isn't helping the visiting team. CSK 28/0 in 3 overs
18:06 IST: Two runs. Watson punches the ball off the back foot for two runs. Backs it with a boundary. CSK 7/0 in 1 overs
18:02 IST: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu open the batting innings for Chennai while Sandeep Sharma begins the proceedings with the ball for SunRisers Hyderabad.
17:50 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad post 179/4 in 20 overs
17:45 IST: FOUR! Smashed on the leg side by Shakib.
17:42 IST: Bravo bowls the final over.
17:41 IST: SIX! Hooda hammers it over long off.
17:35 IST: OUT! Manish Pandey departs as SRH lose their 4th wicket. He departs for 5. SRH 160/4 in 18.3 overs
17:29 IST: NOT OUT! Review taken. Hooda awaits his fate. LBW call. The original decision was out. Hooda survives. SRH 152/3 in 17.2 overs
17:26 IST: FOUR! Hooda continues the run charge for Hyderabad after Dhawan and Williamson's wicket. SRH 149/3 in 17 overs
17:24 IST: OUT! Superb catch. Brilliant catch by Bravo. Williamson departs after 51 runs. Shardul Thakur gets his man. SRH 141/3 in 16.3 overs
17:20 IST: OUT! Bravo gets Dhawan. Dhawan goes for 79 runs off 49 balls. Dhawan wanted to try a new shot but gives it straight into Harbhajan's hands. SRH 141/2 in 16 overs
17:17 IST: Williamson hits his fifty. 7th of this season for him. His 10th IPL fifty. He is leading from the front this season. SRH 139/1 in 15.3 overs
17:11 IST: FOUR! Willey to Williamson. 100-run stand comes up between the duo. Cross-seamer from Willey, but it's too full outside off. Can't bowl there with mid-off in the circle. Williamson leans forward and drills it over the fielder's head beautifully and gets his boundary. SRH 126/1 in 14.4 overs
17:08 IST: SIX! Harbhajan to Dhawan. A six to deep mid-wicket. Dhawan is turning on the heat. Some good cricketing shots at the display by him.
17:04 IST: SIX! 50 up for Shikhar Dhawan. What a way to bring up his fifty. Superb innings. Seven boundaries and two sixes were a part of his half-century. SRH 100/1 in 13 overs
16:58 IST: SIX! Watson to Williamson and an impressive shot. How well was this timed! Length ball on middle and leg, Williamson pulls it over square leg for a well-timed six.
16:55 IST: SIX! A massive six by Dhawan over long on. Jadeja is getting hammered now. SRH 75/1 in 11 overs
16:54 IST: FOUR! Jadeja to Dhawan and the batsman hits a four. A good length delivery around off, Dhawan is quick to camp back and punch it away.
16:51 IST: On a fuller length outside off, Kane makes a bit of room and lofts it over the point region. Gets a single for doing so. SRH 62/1 in 10 overs
16:47 IST: FOUR! A boundary for Williamson. Wayward delivery for Bravo. No stopping that. A much-needed boundary for SRH. SRH 51/1 in 9 overs
16:43 IST: STRATEGIC TIME OUT
16:40 IST: This pitch is offering a lot to the quick bowlers. Shane Watson is getting good movement. Bowls a fullish delivery which swings away after hitting the deck. Williamson goes for the drive without covering the line of it and he misses it.
16:36 IST: FOUR! Classical cover drive by Dhawan. He is taking control now. A beautiful-looking shot. SRH 46/1 in 7.4 overs
16:34 IST: Dhawan drops it with soft hands towards the mid-wicket region. They take a single and think about the second run but Dhoni attacks the ball and prevents them from taking an extra run.
16:31 IST: FOUR! Waits for the ball and Dhawan pummels it over Bhajji's head for a maximum.
16:30 IST: 500 runs for Williamson in this season of IPL. He has been phenomenal so far.
16:30 IST: Harbhajan Singh is the new bowler for Chennai.
16:28 IST: A superb bowling display by Chennai in restricting SRH to 29/1 after 6 overs in the powerplay.
16:22 IST: FOUR! Super shot! A confident boos tin strike from SRH skipper Kane Williamson! He gets a short delivery and he gets right on top of it. Rolls his fingers and pulls it beautifully to the mid-wicket boundary. SRH 24/1 in 5 overs
16:16 IST: OUT! Little bit of swing and Chahar gets his man. Hales departs for 2 runs off 9 balls. SRH lose their first wicket. Superb swinging delivery by Chahar. A good catch by Suresh Raina. SRH 18/1 in 3.3 overs
16:12 IST: FOUR! Dhawan pulls it over the mid on region. Across seamer by Willey. A good shot by the left-hander. Back-to-back fours for him now. This time there was width on offer and he drives it perfectly. SRH 16/0 in 3 overs
16:09 IST: Another good over for Chennai. Only 5 runs off it. SRH 6/0 in 2 overs
16:05 IST: FOUR! A fortunate boundary for Dhawan. A little bit of swing early on for Shardul Thakur. Inside edge and the ball races for a four.
16:04 IST: Excellent first over by Chahar. Superb yorker to end the over. SRH 1/0 in 1 over
16:01 IST: Gentle start from Deepak, on a good length around the middle and leg stump line. Dhawan tucks it square on the leg side. Single taken. Dhawan opens his account. Punches it for a single.
16:00 IST: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan are the two openers for SunRisers Hyderabad while Deepak Chahar begins the proceedings with the ball.
15:35 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Shreevats Goswami(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
15:33 IST: Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur
15:30 IST: TOSS! Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni wins toss, elects to bowl against SunRisers Hyderabad.
15:17 IST: We are moments away from the toss.
15:02 IST: TRIVIA! CSK beat SRH in their reverse fixture earlier.
14:52 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the 46th match between Chennai Super Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad.
So far, batsmen are the major reason behind Chennai's success as they have been in top form this season, however, death-over bowling still remains a concern.
Most of the batsmen -- Ambati Rayudu, Australian Shane Watson, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, M.A. Dhoni and Suresh Raina -- have contributed whenever the team needed. Rayudu has batted well both as an opener and at number four, amassing 435 runs from 11 innings. With 393 runs from 10 innings, Dhoni has also shown glimpses of the past. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who struggled in the first half of the league, emerged with a match-winning figure of 3/18 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The pace attack will once again rely on Lungi Ngidi, David Willey and Shardul Thakur.
While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan, is set to feature in the playing XI against Hyderabad, Willey's inclusion look difficult as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket. Death over bowling will be the biggest concern for the Chennai team management as their opponents on Sunday are well capable of chasing or putting big totals on board, a thing which they have shown in past. On the other hand, another win for Hyderabad will hand them their seventh consecutive victory this season.
The Kane Williamson-led side is currently in red-hot form. In their last encounter, Hyderabad hammered Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets while chasing a massive total of 188 runs. The orange army is capable of putting huge totals as well as defending low scores. Overall, its Hyderabad's bowling unit led by the overseas spin twins -- Afghan Rashid Khan and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan -- who have been instrumental till now.
The spinners have been well supported by the pace department led by fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young Siddharth Kaul. Their batting mainly centres around the skipper -- Williamson -- who has repeatedly dug them out of troubled waters, scoring six half-centuries so far in this season.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who struggled for runs earlier, got back his touch against Delhi, smashing a 50-ball unbeaten 92, laced with nine fours and four sixes. However, Alex Hales and Manish Pandey need to shoulder the responsibility in case Williamson fails to deliver. Come Sunday, it could be another edge of the seat match for fans when the top two teams of the cash-rich league square-off in a crucial tie.
Chennai Super Kings - MS Dhoni(Captain/Wicket-keeper), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey
SunRisers Hyderabad - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson(Captain), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales
(With PTI Inputs)