A brand new day, different opposition, different venue and different conditions, but one thing remained the same- Chennai Super Kings’ stamping their authority on the opponents. Chennai finish their UAE leg of the 2014 Indian Premier League with a win against their Southern rivals Sunrisers Hyderabad. With this win, Chennai now has 4 wins from 5 matches and Sunrisers have just one. After their win against Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers management would have expected a lot against Chennai just to see their team going down by 5 wickets. Dwayne Smith as adjudged the man of the match for his 46 ball 67.
Chasing 146 to win, Chennai Super Kings started strongly with their openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullam started attacking the bowlers from the word go. They showed no respite to the Sunrisers bowlers be it Dale Steyn or Karan Sharma. The Kiwi-Barbados duo stamped their authority all over and smashed 85 in 11 overs before McCullam got out for 40. But Smith went on to score his third fifty in the tournament. When everything seemed to go Chennai’s way, Suresh Raina triggered a mini collapse. Raina got out to Ishant Sharma for 14 and was followed by Smith who got out after scoring a brilliant 67, Faf du Plessis for a golden duck and Ravindra Jadeja for 6. In the end, MS Dhoni maintained his cool and steered his team home with 3 balls to spare. Bhuvneshwar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-23.
Deciding to bat after winning the toss, Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to sluggish start as they lost their skipper Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner in the space of three balls in the third over of the match bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus. Those early blows dented the run-rate of the Sunrisers who struggled to score some quick runs in the middle overs. KL Rahul and Venugopal Rao tried their best to up the ante but failed in doing so. Even their opener Aaron Finch struggled to score runs at a brisk pace. Finch just managed to score 44 off 45 balls when he was done in by a slower ball from Mohit Sharma. Some lusty blows from Darren Sammy and Karn Sharma towards the end propelled the Sunrisers to 145 in their 20 overs. Ashwin was very economical in his four overs as he conceded just 17 in his spell. Mohit Sharma and Hilfenhaus managed to get two wickets apiece.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 145-5 in 20 overs (Finch 44, Sammy 23*, Mohit 4-27) lost to Chennai Super Kings 146-5 in 19.3 overs (Smith 66, McCullam 40, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-23) by 5 wickets