Dwayne Bravo consistently bowled in the blockhole in a tense finish as Chennai Super Kings prevailed over a weakened SunRisers Hyderabad by four runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match to consolidate their position at the top of the points table on Sunday. Winning the toss, Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson opted to field. CSK started slow but were powered to 182/3, courtesy Ambati Rayudu's smashing knock of 79 off only 37 balls and Suresh Raina's brisk 43-ball 54. The visiting team then stopped the hosts at 178 for six, with medium pacer Deepak Chahar doing the bulk of the damage. Needing 33 runs in the last two overs, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan blasted a six each off Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over. Given the responsibility of bowling the final over with SRH requiring 19 runs, the composed Dwayne Bravo was hit for six and a four by Rashid to bring the equation to six off one. Bravo managed to get it on the blockhole and Rashid could only manage a single. (Scorecard)
Earlier, 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 against SunRisers Hyderabad. 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.
IPL 2018 highlights of SunRisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings match straight from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
19:40 IST: Thank you for joining us on the live blog.
19:36 IST: Chennai Super Kings beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 4 runs.
19:35 IST: Four! Rashid Khan throws everything that he has and the ball takes a thick edge and flies down to the third man for a boundary. They need 6 runs in the last ball.
19:33 IST: Six! Short delivery from Bravo and Rashid Khan smokes him for a maximum. Two consecutive maximum from the Afghan star.
19:30 IST: Six! Rashid Khan announces himself with a maximum straight down the ground. Is there a turn left in the game?
19:27 IST: OUT! Slower delivery from Shardul, Pathan miscues and Raina takes the catch. Hyderabad in trouble, need 26 runs in 8 balls.
19:26 IST: Six! Full toss from Shardul and Pathan pummels him for a maximum. Pathan is on a mission.
19:23 IST: WICKET! Bravo gets the big fish. Short delivery and Kane Williamson fails to connect. Ravindra Jadeja runs in and takes a fabulous catch. Cracker of a match this is turning out to be. SunRisers Hyderabad need 33 more runs in 12 balls.
19:19 IST: Yusuf Pathan is receiving some medical treatment after he hustled back for the second back.
19:16 IST: Four! Short delivery from Bravo, Pathan rocks back and pulls it past the man at short fine. There is no stopping him.
19:13 IST: Six! Yusuf Pathan stands tall and smokes Shardul for a maximum straight down the ground. Those full tosses will not escape Pathan. Monumental!
19:10 IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad 131/4, need 52 runs in 24 balls.
19:07 IST: Six! Yusuf Pathan is getting into the act now. Two consecutive maximums from Pathan off Dwayne Bravo. First one, he smokes the full one over cover and then middles the pull for a huge maximum.
19:04 IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad need 66 runs in 30 balls.
19:02 IST: Six! Kane Williamson is taking the attack to the opposition. Looks like he is on a mission. Two consecutive maximums from the SRH captain off Karn Sharma. 22 runs off the Karn Sharma over.
19:00 IST: Six! Williamson shuffles across the crease and clobbers Karn Sharma for a maximum. He is dealing in maximums now.
18:58 IST: Six! Jadeja bowls full and wide, Williamson makes room and lifts him over the cover for a flat maximum. The SRH captain is leading the attack.
18:53 IST: Kane Williamson hits his 6th IPL fifty.
18:52 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 78/4 after the 12th over. The home team need to up the ante and hit boundaries.
18:46 IST: Yusuf Pathan is the new man in.
18:45 IST: OUT! Karn Sharma strikes in his first over. Shakib sweeps, mistimes and the short fine takes a good catch. This is his 100th T20 wicket. Hyderabad are not being able to settle in.
18:43 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad are dealing in singles and doubles and the boundaries have dried up for the home side.
18:36 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 60/3 (Williamson 38*, Shakib 20*) in 9 overs.
18:34 IST: Four! Was short and wide outside off and Williamson cuts Jadeja for a boundary.
18:26 IST: Six! Short delivery from Watson and Shakib pulls him for a maximum. The crowd is getting their voice back.
18:21 IST: Four! Watson bowls short, Shakib reads the ball early and pulls it to get off the mark with a boundray.
18:20 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 28/3 after the fifth over.
18:18 IST: Six! Short from Chahar and Williamson pulls it with authority for a flat maximum.
18:16 IST: OUT! Deepak Chahar gets another wicket! What a spell this young man is having. He bowls full and on the leg side, Hooda trying to flick it, gets the tip of the bat and Jadeja takes a comfortable catch. Chahar is running through the batting order of SRH.
18:14 IST: Four! Williamson pulls Shardul Thakur again to end the over with a boundary.
18:12 IST: Four! Williamson pulls Shardul Thakur for a boundary through the gap at mid-wicket. The SRH captain is taking the attack to the opposition.
18:11 IST: What. An. Effort! Karn Sharma at the third-man boundary. times his jump and palms the ball back in the field of play. Tremendous effort from the spinner. Like SRH, CSK bowlers, too, are not allowing the hosts to score runs.
18:06 IST: Deepak Hooda is the new man in.
18:05 IST: OUT! Deepak Chahar strikes again. Chahar goes wide and Manish Pandey reaches for it and slices the ball over point towards Karn Sharma at third man to take a good catch. Second duck of the SRH innings.
18:00 IST: Four! Shardul Thakur provides bounce and width, Williamson reaches for it and slams it through the gap at cover-point to gather the first boundary of the SRH innings.
17:59 IST: Chennai starts off with a wicket maiden over. SunRisers Hyderabad 0/1 in the first over.
17:57 IST: OUT! Deepak Chahar gets the first wicket on the fifth ball of the first over. What a start for the visitors. Ricky Bhui pokes at a ball going outside, edges and Shane Watson takes a comfortable catch slips. Hyderabad 01 in 0.5 balls.
17:54 IST: Welcome to the chase. Kane Williamson and Ricky Bhui opening the batting for Hyderabad. Deepak Chahar opening the bowling for Chennai.
17:39 IST: Chennai Super Kings 182/3 (Rayudu 79, Raina 54*) in 20 overs vs SunRisers Hyderabad.
17:35 IST: Six! Slower delivery from Stanlake and Dhoni gets a hold of the ball as he pummels it for a maximum.
17:32 IST: Four! Poor, poor bowling from Kaul. He bowls full and wide, Dhoni opens the face of the bat and slices it past the fielder at short third.
17:31 IST: Four! Raina reads the slower wide ball and carves it for a boundary. 50 comes up for the left-handed batsman.
17:29 IST: Four! Dhoni starts the 19th over with a boundary. Chennai have upped the ante and the SRH bowlers are losing their plot.
17:28 IST: Four! Short and on the leg from Rashid, Raina rolls his wrist and puts the ball past the fielder at fine leg. Poor bowling from the Afghan bowler.
17:24 IST: Four! MS Dhoni is the new batsman in starts off with a boundary. Full delivery from Rashid and Dhoni slaps the ball straight down the ground.
17:22 IST: OUT! Hyderabad get the breakthrough. Rayudu departs for 79. A mix-up in the middle and Rayudu departs after a gem of an innings. "One of the very best from Rayudu," says Sanjay Manjrekar on air.
17:17 IST: Four! Raina joins in. Makes room and drives Rashid for a boundary. Powerfully shot from the left-handed.
17:15 IST: Flurry of boundaries! Rayudu has changes his gears and he is dealing in boundaries right now. No matter what the ball is, it is disappearing in the crowds. CSK fans are enjoying the innings.
17:10 IST: Four! Rayudu moves onto 49 as he slams Stanlake for yet another boundary. Same delivery, same result -- the ball flies past the keeper again.
17:09 IST: Six! Rayudu reads the slower ball early, waits and clobbers the ball straight over the fielder at long-on. He is taking the attack to the opposition.
17:08 IST: Four! Short delivery from Stanlake yet again, Rayudu flashes at the ball hard and gets a thick outside edge as the ball goes past the keeper.
17:06 IST: Four! Short and wide from Stanlake, Rayudu stands tall and cuts it behind point for a boundary. Chennai starts off with a boundary right after the second strategic time out.
17:04 IST: Four! Shakib follows with a full delivery, Rayudu makes room for himself and strikes it inside-out as the ball races away to the boundary. A good counter-attack from the Chennai batsmen.
17:02 IST: Rayudu comes down the track and was looking to work the ball around but he misses. The ball brushes off his pads, goes high up in the air and Wridhhiman Saha appeals for a catch. Huge appeal from the hosts but the on-field umpire is not interested. A very animated Williamson takes the review. The replay shows that the ball had missed the bay completely. Poor DRS from SRH.
17:00 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Raina and Rayudu in the 13th over.
16:58 IST: Six! Raina is on a roll here. Flighted delivery from Rashid, Raina gets underneath and powerfully blasts the ball for a maximum towards the deep mid-wicket area. Chennai are picking up the pace.
16:56 IST: Six! Raina is breaking the shackles now. Comes down the track and whacks Rashid Khan for a huge maximum on the leg-side.
16:51 IST: Four! Flighted delivery from Deepak Hooda, Rayudu reverse sweeps it backward of point. Chennai starts the over with a boundary.
16:49 IST: Four! Raina comes down the track, makes room and slams Bhuvneshwar for a one-bounce boundary in the deep. Huge over for Chennai, 14 came from the over.
16:46 IST: Six! Bhuvneshwar bowls length delivery outside and Rayudu, down on one knee, gets to the pitch of the ball and smokes Bhuvneshwar for a maximum over the cow-corner region. Poor delivery from the bowler.
16:42 IST: Siddharth Kaul bowls another fantastic over, concedes four runs in his second over. SunRisers Hyderabad bowlers have been bowling brilliantly and the visitors are struggling to score runs. Kane Williamson has beautifully used his bowlers. Chennai 41/2 (Raina 11*, Rayudu 7*) after the ninth over.
16:37 IST: Rashid Khan concedes five runs and takes a wicket in his first over. The Afghan bowler is having a fantastic IPL 2018 season.
16:35 IST: Four! Ambati Rayudu, the new batsman in, lunges forward and slog sweeps Rashid Khan for a boundary at the cow corner region. Rayudu gets off the mark in style.
16:32 IST: Stumped! Rashid Khan, the new bowler, fires the ball full and wide, Faf du Plessis reaches for the ball and misses. Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps collects the ball and takes off the bails in a jiffy. The replay shows that Du Plessis was way outside the crease. Brilliant bowling from the hosts.
16:27 IST: Chennai Super Kings 27/1 after the sixth over, register the lowest powerplay total of the 2018 season.
16:23 IST: Four! Length ball from Siddharth Kaul is well outside off, Du Plessis dances down the wicket and lifts the ball over cover for a boundary. The timing of the shot wasn't great but had enough bat for it to race away to the ropes.
16:21 IST: Chennai Super Kings 21/1 (Raina 7*, Du Plessis 4*) after 5 overs.
16:19 IST: Four! Raina makes room for himself and slices Stanlake past the fielder at point. Raina gets on the act quickly. The third-man chases the ball but gets beaten for pace.
16:16 IST: Suresh Raina is the new man in. Chennai Super Kings 15/1 after the fourth over.
16:15 IST: OUT! Hyderabad are on top of the things currently. Bhuneshwar follows the short delivery with the knuckleball and Watson, unable to read it, flicks the ball straight to the man at short mid-wicket. Bhuvneshwar doesn't celebrate but a nice authoritative stare shows how important the wicket is. Watson departs for 9.
16:13 IST: Six! Short delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Watson gets his first maximum. Watson reads the ball early and pulls the ball with authority over the square leg boundary.
16:11 IST: Shakib concedes just four run off his first over. Chennai are treading slowly and Watson is itching to hit boundaries. Chennai 8/0 after the third over.
16:08 IST: Chennai Super Kings 4/0 after the second over. Sensational bowling from the hosts. Watson hasn't been able to free his arms till now.
16:04 IST: Billy Stanlakes goes full and gets a bit of swing, Du Plessis goes for the shot and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies to the fielder at slip but falls short of him as he dives to take the catch. Close shave for the South African.
16:03 IST: Chennai Super Kings 2/0 (Watson 1*, Du Plessis 1*) after the first over.
16:00 IST: First ball -- Length ball from Bhuvneshwar, Watson leans in to defend and gets beaten. Bit of shape for Bhuvneshwar. Cracker of a start from the star bowler.
15:59 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar opening the bowling for Hyderabad.
15:58 IST: Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are opening the batting for Chennai.
15:57 IST: Alright, game time! Umpires and players are walking out on the field.
15:41 IST: MS Dhoni -- "So far so good. It's not like we are relying on one individual. Everyone has contributed when it comes to bowling or batting. We always want the whole team to contribute so that there's not much pressure on one individual. It's always important that's why you are playing a team sport. The job of every individual becomes easy. What is important someone soaks up the pressure. Imran Tahir is not fit so Faf comes to his place."
15:40 IST: Kane Williamson -- "We'll bowl. Not a strong advantage as the wicket remains similar generally. They have a strong batting line-up the Chennai side so it's important we do the job first up. Billy Stanlake comes in for CJ and Ricky Bhui makes his debut, comes in for Shikhar. He (Dhawan) adds to any team so his inclusion would be good. It's a good chance for Ricky who's an exciting young talent. Think Shikhar will be ready for the next match. It's always a tough game. We'll play at the best of our ability and I am sure it'll be another good game."
15:36 IST: Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (w/c), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur
15:35 IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha (w), Kane Williamson (c), Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul
15:30 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson wins toss, elects to field vs Chennai Super Kings.
15:15 IST: We are minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
15:05 IST: Trivia -- Shakib Al Hasan is only a wicket away from being the fifth bowler to pick 300 T20 wickets.
15:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the SunRisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings match straight from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
In their previous match, it was Australian buy Shane Watson whose scintillating knock of 106 runs propelled CSK to a massive total. Also, Chennai's most dependable batsman Suresh Raina, who made a comeback after undergoing a calf injury, also looked good for his 29-ball 46 against RR. In the bowling department, all-rounder Watson has led from the front, scalping six wickets from four games with an economy rate of 7.38. Also, pacer Shardul Thakur and leggie Imran Tahir have stricken at regular intervals, bagging five and four wickets respectively.
On the other hand, the Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad are at the third spot in the points table with three wins from four games.
On paper, SRH possess one of the strongest batting lineups with Wriddhiman Saha
and in-form Shikhar Dhawan as openers followed by skipper Williamson along with Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib Al Hasan.
However, in their last outing against KXIP, their batters failed in chasing a high total.
Meanwhile, with the likes Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Shakib Al Hasan, their bowling unit looks world-class. Both Bhuvneshwar and Kaul have bagged five and six wickets respectively.
Also, Bhuvneshwar and Kaul have maintained a decent economy rate of 6.75 and 7.25 respectively. Rashid has so far bowled the most dot balls in the league.
Overall, it could once again be an edge of the seat encounter for fans when the two best side of the league face off on a Sunday evening.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh 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, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.
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