CSK v SRH : Battle to The TOP

Doug Mendoza
May 14, 2018

While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan, is set to feature in the playing XI against Hyderabad, Willey's inclusion look hard as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket.

On a track where batting looked, rather easy in the second innings, CSK overhauled a stiff target of 180 runs easily and still had 6 balls to spare.

Williamson is the third players in this season to have completed 500 runs after Delhi Daredevils' (DD) Rishabh Pant and Kings XI Punjab's (KXIP) KL Rahul. With three matches remaining, CSK will need one convincing win to make it to the top four.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad face the Chennai Super Kings at Pune for the first match of Sunday's double-header. They are up against perhaps one of the best T20 attacks to have been compiled and are responsible for getting the team to a score good enough for their bowlers to defend.

Dwayne Bravo once again leaked too many runs.

Rashid went wicketless and conceded 25 runs while Bangladeshi left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was hit for 41 runs for no success. Even as his teammates gave away runs at well over 7.5 an over, Chahar finished his quota at a miserly 4 runs an over. It was only in the fourth over that Rayudu hit his first shot over the ropes when he struck Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six.

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On Friday, a combined batting effort by Suresh Raina, skipper MS Dhoni and opener Shane Watson helped Chennai post a fighting total of 176 against Rajasthan.

Dhawan and Williamson stitched a partnership of 123 for the second wicket but once they were dismissed in a gap of successive deliveries and SRH went off track. Having lost the toss, Sunrisers' top order found themselves against Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, who bowled 18 dot balls between themselves in five Powerplay overs, at the end of which the batting side only managed 29 for 1.

Even experienced players Dhawan and Williamson found it hard to score off Chahar. In reply, Rajasthan Royals overhauled the target in 19.5 overs riding on Jos Buttler unbeaten 95 in just 60 balls.

Dhawan and Williamson scored 79 and 51 respectively but fell in quick succession. Watson got to his fifty off 31 balls, so did Rayudu and by the time the duo was separated on 134, CSK were well and truly in the driver's seat. The two teams previously met in Hyderabad where the hosts were beaten by Chennai in a close encounter.

For Hyderabad to get back into the game from there, they needed wickets, but once Manish Pandey dropped an absolute sitter at long-on offered by MS Dhoni when on 2, the shoulders dropped.

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