IPL 2019, Match 41: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad- It’s Good to See Different Individuals Step Up Every Game Says MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings returned to winning ways after registering a hard-fought victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets and with delivery to go. The victory foundation was laid by Shane Watson who scored a magnificent 96 and took CSK within touching distance of the victory target. Earlier in the day, it was a great knock from the blade of Manish Pandey which took Hyderabad to a competitive score of 175 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
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.
Eventually, Watson was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, by then the target was within touching distance. SRH made a good comeback in the 18th and the 19th over and conceded just 7 runs in those two overs. It was Kedar Jadhav who struck a six in the final over of the match to get the job done for the home team.
This is what winning skipper MS Dhoni said at the post-match presentation
I think you can give individuals some games and the team gives them the rest. Watson has been a matchwinner for us. He has been batting well in the nets. Whatever small innings he played so far, he was middling them well although he did struggle a bit. This is the time when you need to back them. The management’s thinking was to give him as many games as possible.
And the team winning also means that a player gets more games than he would actually get. It’s good to see different individuals step up every game. Nice to see our bowling department do well but would like our batting unit also get into the mode that’s necessary for the playoffs. (On CSK’s mantra of success) If I tell everyone what it is, then they won’t buy me at the auctions. It’s a trade secret.
The crowd support and franchise’s support are key of course. Huge credit has to also go to the support staff who play a huge role in keeping the team atmoshphere good for the team and other individuals. Other than this, I can’t reveal anything till I retire. It’s alright, not showing signs of getting worse. With the World Cup coming, I need to be careful as that comes first
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