Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who are awaiting their second win after their first win in this season of IPL, have also lost their fourth match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 7 runs. CSK skipper MS Dhoni played a fighting unbeaten innings of 47 not out here but his innings could not bring two points on points table despite making the match exciting. This is Chennai’s third consecutive defeat in the tournament.
MS Dhoni Bat at Number 5 Today
MS Dhoni, who usually batted at number 7, came down to bat at number 5 today. But the Chennai team lost 4 wickets for 42 runs. From here, Dhoni tried to bring this match back on track, sharing his experience with Jadeja. When Jadeja was dismissed at 50 runs, Dhoni did manage to take the front but he could not reach his team to the target of 165 runs and CSK fell behind by 7 runs.
Chennai’s Poor Start
CSK captain MS Dhoni and team returned to the ground after 7 days rest and the team management hoped that CSK’s batting will now back in rhythm. But once again, CSK was troubled by its top order. CSK’s top 3 players had returned to the pavilion on a total score of 36.
Watson and Rayudu Returned Early
CSK did not start well while chasing the target of 165 runs. Once again, Shane Watson (1) bowled early of Bhuvneshwar’s ball and returned to the pavilion. Ambati Rayudu (8) was still trying to stay at the crease but T. Natarajan bowled him in the last over of the powerplay.
At one end, Faf du Plessis (22) looked set but Kedar Jadhav’s poor call drove him out. This was the third blow to the Superkings on the final ball of the Powerplay. After some time Kedar Jadhav also hunted by Abdul Samad on the individual score of 3 runs in 10 balls. Chennai lost their 4 wickets for 42 runs, were in great difficulty here.
Dhoni’s Support, Jadeja’s Effort
Ravindra Jadeja took much longer than expected to set. But once he opened his hands, he was seen giving relief to the team. In his innings of 35 balls, he scored 50 runs with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes. Jadeja was caught by Abdul Samad at the boundary line on the ball of T. Natarajan. Jadeja shared a 74-run partnership for the 5th wicket with Dhoni. After Jadeja, Dhoni did try to bat according to the demand but his effort could not bring a win for his team.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Innings
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad, who won the toss and came first to bat, scored 164 runs for 5 wickets thanks to superb innings of Priyam Garg (51* runs) and Abhishek Sharma (31 runs). Sunrisers did not have a good start today and Jonny Bairstow returned to the pavilion without scoring a single run. After this, Manish Pandey (29 runs) formed a 46-run partnership with captain David Warner. But Pandey lost his wicket off Shardul Thakur’s ball. He scored 29 runs in 21 balls with the help of 5 fours.
Now at the crease, experienced Kane Williamson and David Warner were trying to handle the innings. But David Warner (28 runs) was caught on long on in an attempt to hit Piyush Chawla for six. Duplessis caught his great catch. Kane Williamson (9 runs) was run out on a brilliant throw from Ambati Rayudu on the next ball of Chawla. Sunrisers’ team was under pressure due to the in-form and key players of the SRH getting out together.
Priyam Garg’s Phenomenal Innings
Sunrisers lost their 4 wickets on a score of 69. From here, Priyam Garg made a much-needed partnership of 71 runs with Abhishek Sharma (31 runs) for the 5th wicket. During this time, Garg also made his maiden fifty of his IPL career in 23 balls. When Abhishek was dismissed at a team score of 147, Garg along with Abdul Samad (8) brought a respectful team score of 164.
Man of the Match
Priyam Parag is awarded Man of the Match for his fantastic knock of 51* off 26 deliveries. This was Priyam’s maiden fifty in his IPL career.
D Warner (c), J Bairstow (wk), M Pandey, K Williamson, P Garg, A Samad, A Sharma, R Khan, B Kumar, K Ahmed, T Natarajan
Chennai Super Kings
S Watson, F du Plessis, A Rayudu, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk&c), R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, S Curran, D Chahar, P Chawla, S Thakur