IPL 2019, Match 41: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad- We Will Miss Jonny Bairstow for the Rest of the Tournament says SRH Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings almost booked their place in the playoffs after winning their 8th game of Vivo IPL 12 after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets and in the final delivery of the match. Shane Watson who was short of runs coming into the match began pretty badly but made amends by taking his team within touching distance of the victory. He scored quickfire 96 of 53 deliveries which laid the foundation for a sensational victory.
It was CSK skipper MS Dhoni who won the toss and opted to field. Openers for SRH, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow came out in the middle to begin proceedings. Harbhajan Singh who got a game after warming the benches for 4 matches dismissed Jonny Bairstow without bothering the scorers. Manish Pandey who was short of runs coming into this match came out with intent and struck a four in the very first delivery he faced of Bhajji.
Realising Manish Pandey was hitting the ball well, David Warner played 2nd fiddle. He reached a well deserved half-century and was dismissed soon after reaching the landmark. However Manish Pandey continued his prowess and struck some exceptional shots during his breezy knock of 83 of 49 deliveries which included 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Losing just 3 wickets, Hyderabad would have hoped to score a much bigger score than what they eventually finished at. Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers for CSK chipping in with a couple of wickets.
Chasing a more than competitive score, Chennai Super Kings didn’t get off to an ideal start. In the first two overs they scored only two and the pressure mounted. Faf du Plessis was dismissed cheaply by a brilliant direct hit from Deepak Hooda. After struggling to get going, Shane Watson finally found his range and from then there was no stopping the former Australian all-rounder.
Suresh Raina also chipped in with a quickfire 38 of just 24 deliveries to set the tempo for the chase. Shane Watson’s big hitting abilities is well known and he produced a wide array of shots during his stunning knock. Shane Watson smashed 96 of 53 deliveries which was studded with 9 fours and 6 sixes. It was stroke making at it’s very best.
He kept plummeting the ball out of the park and made a mockery of the Hyderabad bowling line-up just as he did in the final of IPL 2018. He was eventually dismissed by a well disguised slower delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as Jonny Bairstow took a superb catch behind the wicket.
SRH did make a comeback of sorts in over 18 and 19 where they conceded 7 runs to make the calculation 9 of the final over. Eventually, it was Kedar Jadhav who smashed a six off the final over to get the job done for CSK. The yellow brigade is now again at the top of the points table with 8 wins from 11 matches.
This is what losing skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar said at the post-match presentation
It was a par score on that wicket. There was dew on the ground but that didn’t really bother us. The way Watson batted we couldn’t really do much. This is probably the first off day for Rashid in three years, anyone can have an off day. The credit goes to Watson.
We will obviously miss Bairstow but we have players in the squad who can replace him. We have three away games now out of four and we have to win those games to qualify. We have to be our best to defeat RR. I have learnt a lot doing captaincy.
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