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Jos Buttler hit his fifth straight fifty as Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.

Rajasthan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Opener Ewin Lewis hit 60 as Mumbai posted a competitive 168-6.

In reply, opener Buttler hit an unbeaten 94 to secure victory.

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IPL 2018: Ambati Rayudu's brilliant ton, Manish Pandey's shocking drop catch and other talking points as CSK thrash Sunrisers

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Rayudu hit an unbeaten century against Hyderabad. Image: BCCI.

Ambati Rayudu continued his brilliant form this season as he cracked an unbeaten 100 to power Chennai Super Kings to a commanding eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune on Sunday.

Chasing 180 against a string Hyderabad attack, Rayudu cracked a superlative century and added 134 for the opening wicket with Shane Watson to help Chennai win the match comfortably and all but qualify for the IPL playoffs.

The Super Kings now have eight wins from 12 matches and are on the verge of qualification.

DHAWAN-WILLIAMSON SHOW AGAIN

Sunrisers Hyderabad are a top heavy side. Their top three batsmen have generally done all the heavy lifting. Earlier it was David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. This year it’s Dhawan and captain Kane Williamson.

It’s a strategy that has worked for them. On Sunday, opener Alex Hales was dismissed for a laborious two from nine balls. It was left to the prolific Williamson (51) and Dhawan (79) to put some impetus into the innings by adding 123 runs for the second wicket.

SEAMERS STRIKE BACK

Sunrisers were 141-1 in the 16th over and a total close to 200 seemed on the cards. However, Chennai dismissed Dhawan and Williamson off successive deliveries with Dwayne Bravo getting the Indian and Shardul Thakur dismissing the Kiwi skipper.

Deepak Hooda connected a few towards the end. Otherwise Sunrisers would have struggled to reach close to 180.

OPEN AND SHUT CASE

The Super Kings top order has been in great form this season and they reserved their best for the best bowling attack in the tournament. Opener Ambati Rayudu (100*) and Shane Watson (57) took on the might of Hyderabad’s bowling, not allowing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul especially to settle. The two Indian seamers were blasted for 78 runs from seven overs. Chennai’s openers accumulated 134 runs inside 14 overs.

POOR FIELDING HURTS SUNRISERS

Despite the opening stand, Hyderabad had a golden opportunity to knock the wind out of Chennai’s sail during the death overs. In the second ball of the 16th over, MS Dhoni slapped Shakib Al Hasan straight to long on where Manish Pandey, one of the safest fielders in India, dropped an absolute dolly.

A wicket at that point would have reduced Chennai to 143 for three with 37 needed from 28 balls. However, that chance was all that Dhoni needed to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Dhoni finished the game off with 20 from 14.

RAYUDU ON A ROLL

Chennai batsman Ambati Rayudu has been in scintillating form this season. He has 535 runs from 12 matches and the best part about his batting has been an uncomplicated approach to batting.

Rayudu has been around for more than a decade and has made regular appearances in the national team as well. But his batting never looked as smooth and effortless it has this season.

It has been an amazing change in fortunes for Rayudu who last year made headlines for a road-rage incident where he was captured on camera getting into a fight with a senior citizen.

He maybe 32 right now but it can be said Rayudu has made a fresh start in his career.

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CSK v SRH LIVE: Ambati Rayudu scores century as Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad and clinch play-off spot

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Protesters hurled shoes at Chennai players, including Faf du Plessis. Image: BCCI.

Ambati Rayudu became the fourth player to score an IPL century this season as Chennai Super Kings clinched a place in the play-offs after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on Sunday.

Rayudu reached the three digit milestone in the penultimate over as his 100 (off 62 balls) helped Super Kings chase a competitive 180 in Pune.

MS Dhoni was 20 not out while Shane Watson set the platform with a 57-run knock from 35 deliveries. The win was their eighth in 12 matches and Sunrisers’ third defeat of the competition.

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad reached 179 for four with half centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson leading the charge.

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