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IPL: Chennai stifle Hyderabad to end losing run

Sports Lounge Staff




Dubai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned to winning ways after they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 20 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Needing 168 runs to win, Jonny Bairstow was quick off the blocks, hitting two fours in the second and third over. However, CSK struck twice in the fourth over.

First, Sam Curran had David Warner caught on his bowling and then, Dwayne Bravo’s fielding brilliance caught Manish Pandey short of his crease.

Kane Williamson announced his arrival in style, punching a ball through the covers for four. He and Bairstow brought up his side’s fifty in the eighth over without taking any undue risks.

But Ravindra Jadeja, in the 10th over, ended the partnership after he broke through Bairstow’s defence to give CSK their third wicket.

In Jadeja’s next over, Williamson creamed two fours – one over the leaping extra cover and another more clinical, landing closer to the boundary rope to push SRH to 76/3 after 12 overs. Two overs later, Priyam Garg and Williamson hit a four each.

Garg though, was holed out in the deep in the 15th over as Karn Sharma scalped his first wicket of the match.

SRH needed 67 runs off the last five overs and had their hopes pinned on Williamson and Vijay Shankar to take them home.

Vijay Shankar and Williamson scored 8 in the 16th over before the former clubbed a six off Bravo on the first ball of the 17th over. But, the all-rounder got out in the same over as Jadeja completed the catch at the third man.

Meanwhile, Williamson brought up his fifty as SRH moved to 122/5 after the end of the 17th over. But going for a big shot, Williamson was dismissed in the next over Karn Sharma picked his second wicket.

Rashid Khan announced his arrival in the middle with a six and then followed it up with a four, courtesy a reverse sweep. Shahbaz Nadeem hit the last ball for four as SRH scored 19 from the 18th over.

SRH needed 27 off the last two overs and Shardul Thakur, bowling the penultimate over, conceded just five runs as CSK also managed to see the back of Rashid, following a hit-wicket. Bravo, then closed out the game, bowling a one-run final over to seal the win for CSK.

Earlier, an 81-run stand between Ambati Rayudu (41) and Shane Watson (42), followed by a 10-ball 25 from Ravindra Jadeja late in the innings, helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) scored 167/6 wickets in 20 overs against the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).

CSK, who come into this match on the back of two successive defeats, won the toss and chose to bat for the first time in this tournament. They sent Sam Curran (31) to open the innings with Faf du Plessis (0) in place of Watson.

Du Plessis fell to Sandeep Sharma (2/19) for a first ball duck after waiting for two overs to get on strike. Curran became Sandeep’s second wicket of the day after which Watson and Rayudu provided stability to CSK.

After the pair fell, MS Dhoni and later Jadeja pushed CSK beyond the 150-run mark.

Brief Scores:

Chennai Super Kings: 167 for 6 in 20 overs. (Shane Watson 42, Ambati Rayudu 41; Sandeep Sharma 2/19, T Natarajan 2/41).

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 147 for 8 in 20 overs. (K Williamson 57, J Bairstow 23; K Sharma 2/37, D Barvo 2/25).

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