IPL 2018, Match 20, SRH v CSK: Chennai Prevail in a Nail-Biting Thriller
Kane Williamson’s brilliant knock of 85 went in vain, as Chennai eventually managed to hold their nerves and deliver the goods.
Earlier in the day, it was a sensational knock of 79 off 37 deliveries by Ambati Rayudu which helped CSK recover from a precarious situation and post a commendable total of 182/3 on the board. Suresh Raina also played a vital hand. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers bagging 1/22 in three overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson kept the trend intact and put the visitors in after winning the toss. Faf du Plessis made a comeback in the yellow jersey and was asked to open the innings with Shane Watson.
CSK didn’t begin particularly well, as the SRH bowlers restricted them to only eight runs in the first three overs. Shane Watson broke the shackles with a terrific pulled six which went sailing out of the boundary ropes.
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the breakthrough in the very next delivery. Watson failed to read a knuckle delivery from Bhuvi and ended up giving a straightforward catch to the silly mid-on fielder. Du Plessis also fell in quick succession, as Afghanistan leg-spinner foxed him with a wrong un in the very first delivery of his spell. Du Plessis was off balance, and Wriddhiman Saha whipped off the bails in a flash.
It was a brilliant partnership between Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina which got CSK back into the game. Ambati Rayudu, in particular, looked in ominous touch and struck some exceptional shots. It also allowed Chennai to improve their run rate.
He simply took on the Hyderabad bowlers with disdain. Rayudu’s innings came to an unfortunate end when a lapse in concentration saw him getting run-out. It was really a strange dismissal to say the least.
However, by then he had helped Chennai post a competitive total on the board. His 79 came in just 37 deliveries which were studded with nine fours and four sixes.
Following his dismissal, it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who walked out in the middle. Raina, on the other hand, was also playing a good knock and reached yet another half-century in the IPL. It also enabled him to go past RCB skipper, Virat Kohli for the most runs in the history of IPL.
It was MS Dhoni who added the much-needed impetus with an unbeaten 25 off 12 deliveries. The innings contained three fours and a six.
Chasing a target of 183 to win in their allotted 20 overs, Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to the worst possible start. It was fast bowler Deepak Chahar who wrecked havoc in the powerplay by bagging two crucial wickets of Ricky Bhui and Manish Pandey. He bagged his 3rd when Chahar induced a false shot from the blade of Deepak Hooda.
Hyderabad was reduced to 22/3. It was when skipper Kane Williamson and Shakib Al Hasan started resurrecting the innings. Both played some delightful shots, but the required rate was climbing up gradually. After making 24 off 19 deliveries, it was Karn Sharma who brought about the downfall of Shakib.
However, from there on it was brilliant batting from skipper Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan which kept Hyderabad in the game. Williamson, in particular, started the charge, as he smashed Karn Sharma for three sixes in an over. Yusuf then emulated his partner in the next over by smashing a couple of sixes of more. It was indeed a terrific partnership between the duo which helped SRH came to a comeback from a hopeless situation.
Here is the video –
Chennai Super Kings 182/3 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 79, Suresh Raina 51, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/22)
Sunrisers Hyderabad 178/6 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 84, Yusuf Pathan 45, Deepak Chahar 3/15)
Chennai Super Kings won by four runs
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