The 33rd game in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed the finalist of the last edition as Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad hosted Chennai Super Kings at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. And the result was just opposite to what it was last year. Sunrisers Hyderabad stamped it's authority and hammered the opposition in the most obnoxious manner possible to win their fourth game in the tournament. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets (Jonny Bairstow 61, Imran Tahir 2/20)
WICKET: Karn Sharma tossed the ball up, Deepak Hooda tried to finish in MS Dhoni style, but fall by some margin. Still 2 needed.
Just 9 needed off 24 deliveries now! Sunrisers Hyderabad has dominated the game beautifully and they deserve to win this game. After 16 overs, it's 124/3.
ALERT: Jonny Bairstow hits maiden IPL fifty!
WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper! Tahir show continues! Shankar didn't stay at the wicket for long. OUT for 7 runs!
100 up Sunrisers Hyderabad!
The game is going away from Chennai Super Kings here. The way the team is playing, they might end up finishing the game with 3-4 overs to spare. After 10 overs, it's 85/2.
WICKET: Caught and bowled! Imran Tahir sends Williamson in his very first over!
WICKET: Deepak Chahar bowls a slower one, and Warner just couldn't time it to perfection. Departs after a sensational fifty!
ALERT: David Warner gets to his yet another IPL fifty!
The openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are off to a blistering start. Chasing a small total, the duo has just put SRH on driver's seat. After 5 overs, it's 58/0.
Both Rayudu and Jadeja are trying to finish Chennai Super Kings innings on a high! They are ticking ones and twos, and smashing timely boundary! They know that it isn't a 170 wicket, and are playing pragmatically. After 19 overs, it's 127/5.
The onus is now on Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu. The half side is back to the pavilion, and with 5 overs still to go, the duo will look to utilise their experience and finish the innings on high. After 15 overs, it's 102/5.
WICKET: A slower one from Khaleel Ahmed and Sam Billings was little early in the short. The wickets are falling like a pack of cards for Chennai Super Kings!
100 up for Chennai Super Kings!
WICKET: Another wicket for Rashid and that too in a similar fashion. Chennai Super Kings is under pressure now.
WICKET: Trapped right in front. Raina reviewed the decision, but it's Umpire's call. After 13.1 overs, it's 97/3.
WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. Superb delivery by Vijay Shankar sends Faf du Plessis back to the pavilion. Now the battle will be between Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar. Cricket fraternity around the world will be able to connect.
WICKET: Knocked him over! Finally some respite in Sunrisers Hyderabad camp. Shahbaz Nadeem sends dangerous Watson back to the pavilion.
The hosts are desperately in need of a wicket here. They tried to restrict the opposition at the start, but haven't been able to capitalize. After 9 overs, it's 70/0.
The duo has started to open their arms and looking solid. Faf du Plessis has been the aggressor in this partnership. After 6 overs, 41/0.
The Chennai Super Kings is off to a cautious start against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both Watson and du Plessis are taking their time before opening arms. After 3 overs, it's 10/0.
So Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last hurdle. Chennai Super Kings openers out in the middle. And it's game time!
Here are the playing XI for two sides:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina(c), Sam Billings(w), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
TOSS: Chennai Super Kings opt to bat
The toss is scheduled to happen in less than 60 minutes from now and this remains to be seen what will the winning captain choose. Going by the history of Hyderabad, batting second has been a little difficult, and the team winning the toss may well have a bat first.
Hyderabad started the season with a loss against Kolkata Knight Riders but came strongly with winning three games on the trot, however, they journey post that has been challenging for them. This remains to be seen if they can change their fortunes against the top-seed side. For Chennai, a win here will fix their berth in playoffs.
The two teams have had a different journey in IPL so far, with CSK managing to win seven out of eight games they have played, and SRH, on the other hand, has lost four out of seven games played.
Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of an encounter as Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad host Chennai Super Kings at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.