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IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH 5 Reasons why Hyderabad lost against Chennai

IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH 5 Reasons why Hyderabad lost against Chennai

Chennai, who sit at the second spot in the points-table, are yet to qualify for the play-offs as the yellow brigade suffered a four-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals in their last encounter on Friday.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson hit half-centuries as the Sunrisers scored 179/4 in their 20 overs.

But like he had done in the reverse fixture, Ambati Rayudu rose to the occasion and hammered an unbeaten 62-ball 100 - his maiden IPL ton - to make light work of the task. Chennai's openers accumulated 134 runs inside 14 overs. With the win, the two-time IPL champions sit pretty with 16 points from 12 games. The lowest was Super Kings' 27 against the same opposition in their first match against each other.

Coming back from an injury, Deepak Chahar displayed an exhibition of top-class swing bowling that helped him end with figures of 1/16.

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Buttler's (95 n o, 60b, 11×4, 2×6) superb knock guided RR to a thrilling four wicket win over CSK. He himself has been in exquisite form in this IPL and in the last match, against Delhi Daredevils, he scored yet another fifty. Hyderabad shifted gears effortlessly, the opener targeting Ravindra Jadeja successfully. Shane Watson looked well with his bat and he added 57 runs off 35 balls before he got run out. So we would pick Sunrisers Hyderabad over Sunrisers. Kevin Pietersen needed 64 balls for his hundred while playing for DD against DC in 2012.

With the departure of the two set batsmen, the tempo slowed down. It required a late cameo by Deepak Hooda to lift Hyderabad close to 180.

Rashid went wicketless and conceded 25 runs while Bangladeshi left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was hit for 41 runs for no success. They will be expected to continue their bowling form, while Dhoni has a good crop of young and experienced seamers to call upon, including all-rounders Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo. Both reached fifties, Williamson crossed 500 for the season, making it fourth season in a row for a Sunrisers captain to score 500 runs. "We got Stokes early but could not get Buttler who settled down nicely and got the momentum in the first six overs". He upped the ante even further after the landmark, striking clean and big around the ground.

The quick dismissal of Watson and Suresh Raina (2) gave a brief hope for the Sunrisers but Rayudu continued in the same vein of six-hitting spree while Dhoni gave him company till the end to ensure there were no hiccups in the chase. Chennai, on the other hand, have been in good touch for most parts of the campaign, but they have had a few bad days and MS Dhoni will not want another defeat on Sunday.


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