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.
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