Sunrisers Hyderabad got their IPL 2019 campaign back on track as they cruised to a dominant victory over Chennai Super Kings.
The table-toppers were missing MS Dhoni due to back spasms, with someone other than the India veteran – Suresh Raina, in this case – captaining CSK for the first time since 2010. Without him, the Super Kings’ batting stuttered to post a meagre total of 132-5.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow both scored 50s to make light work of the chase, which SRH wrapped up with 19 balls to spare in a six-wicket win that took them to within two points of the playoff spots.
CHENNAI BATTING STRUGGLES AGAIN
With Dhoni rested, all eyes were on the rest of the batting lineup. Other than Faf du Plessis, every regular batsman other than Dhoni averages under 26 this season, as CSK have relied on their captain and their bowlers for their outstanding start to the season.
Given the chance to step up in Dhoni’s absence, Chennai let themselves down. Du Plessis and Watson put on a 70-run opening partnership, but what followed was shocking. The Super Kings were 80-1 after 10 overs, and somehow managed to post a total of only 132. Even accounting for the slowness of the pitch, 52 runs off the last 10 overs was inexplicable.
Their efforts were put into stark contrast by the Sunrisers batsmen, with openers Warner and Bairstow leading SRH to an easy win. They’d knocked off the target within the powerplay, and even a two-wicket burst from Imran Tahir couldn’t help.
The 18th over was the 1st in which #CSK managed 10 or more since the 10th over.— Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) April 17, 2019
In the intervening 7 overs, CSK managed 29/4 (?!) at a run rate of 4.14 RPO!
What pressure! What bowling by @SunRisers !#MakeStatsGreatAgain #SRHvCSK #RiseWithUs #SRH #Sunrisers #IPL2019 #VIVOIPL
RAYUDU VS SHANKAR AN ANTICLIMACTIC BATTLE
India‘s preliminary World Cup squad announcement provided one of the biggest talking points for this game, with Sunrisers’ Vijay Shankar picked ahead of CSK batsman Ambati Rayudu. Rayudu’s tweet on Tuesday, saying he’d order 3D glasses after India’s selectors said Shankar give the team “ability with the three dimensions”, added spice to the match-up.
Shankar doesn’t bowl much, but he did on Wednesday, and took the key wicket of Du Plessis with his second ball. In walked Rayudu.
He nearly chopped onto his stumps first ball, but this face-off ended up being anticlimactic. Rayudu scored four runs off five balls against Shankar, finishing with 25 off 21. Shankar’s two-over spell of 1-11 helped Sunrisers dominate the second half of the CSK innings, but his batting was disappointing – just seven off 11 balls, with no boundaries.
The two players exchanged a hug when Rayudu was batting. No hard feelings, then.
Vijay Shankar bowls to Ambati Rayudu, who almost chops it on to his stumps. Harsha on commentary, 'in how many dimensions did he see that?' Epic!— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 17, 2019
Chennai Super Kings 132/5 (20 overs)
Faf du Plessis 45 (31)
Rashid Khan 2/17
Sunrisers Hyderbad 137/4 (16.5 overs)
Jonny Bairstow 61* (44)
David Warner 50 (25)
Imran Tahir 2/20
Sunrisers Hyderabad won by six wickets
Sunrisers are reeling from three straight losses coming into the clash which has seen them plummet to sixth spot in the league standings.
Chennai, on the other hand, are flying this season with seven wins out of their eight clashes which has seen them emerge as the runaway league leaders.
Can SRH get back to winning ways or will CSK continue their recent dominance over the Hyderabad franchise? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from the clash below.
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Shikhar Dhawan – Delhi Capitals (9.5 credits)
While both of India’s limited-overs openers will be on show on Thursday on opposite sides of the crease, it is Delhi’s Shikhar Dhawan who gets the nod due to his superior form this campaign.
The move to bring back the left-hander into the Delhi fold is paying dividends for the franchise with Dhawan’s experience proving to be crucial.
Dhawan has already registered two half-centuries in the tournament this year with the latest of them being a superb unbeaten innings of 97 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.
Back on his home ground after a long stretch on the road, Dhawan will be eager to put in another positive display and anchor the innings for Delhi.
Kagiso Rabada – Delhi Capitals (9 credits)
There is no need to look beyond Kagiso Rabada for the bowler’s slot with the Delhi pacer having his best-ever IPL campaign.
The South Africa fast bowler missed the entire 2018 edition due to an injury but he has been a revelation this season with 17 wickets in just eight outings.
From defending a score of 10 in a Super Over to blowing away the opposition’s batting order, Rabada has done it all this campaign and is only getting better with each passing game.
The ‘Purple Cap’ (most wickets) holder has been picking up wickets at an astonishing strike-rate of less than 12 and he can be expected to further burgeon his wicket-tally on Thursday.
Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians (9.5 credits)
While there are several contenders for the slot including Kieron Pollard and Chris Morris, it is Hardik Pandya who ends up as our pick given the consistency he has shown over the course of the campaign.
The Mumbai and India all-rounder has played some crucial cameos down the order already for his side with the latest of them coming in a 16-ball 37 against RCB where he scored 22 runs in a single over.
The right-hander has been striking the ball at a rate of nearly 192 this season. Although expensive, Pandya has managed to claim six wickets so far but his bowling contributions will be a bonus given the terrific form he has shown with the bat.
Rishabh Pant – Delhi Capitals (9.5 credits)
Both teams have two explosive wicketkeeper batsmen at their disposal but it is Delhi’s Rishabh Pant who just about shades Mumbai’s Quinton de Kock.
While his current batting average of 35 pales in comparison to his 2018 showings where he averaged nearly 53, Pant has still been collecting runs at a good strike-rate of over 161.
With the youngster only recently snubbed from India’s 2019 World Cup squad selection, he will be even more determined to play a big innings on Thursday to send a reminder of his undeniable batting prowess.
CAPTAIN – Kagiso Rabada
VICE CAPTAIN – Hardik Pandya