Rayudu, Chahar star as Chennai edge out Hyderabad in cliffhanger

Hosts register a four-run win in Hyderabad on Sunday

Ambati Rayudu played a brilliant knock and Deepak Chahar’s outstanding spell with the new balls helped Chennai Super Kings in registering a four-run win against Sunrises Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The day started with the home side captain Kane Williamson winning the toss and opting to field first in perfect batting conditions.His decision paid an instant dividend as the visitors lost openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis at the score of 32 in 7.1 overs.However, a 112-run partnership for the third-wicket between Rayudu and Suresh Raina helped Chennai post more than competitive total of 182 for the loss of three wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Rayudu finished the innings with the top score of brilliant 79 off just 37 balls with the help of nine fours and four sixes, whereas Raina scored 54 not out off 43 balls, including five fours and two sixes. Captain MS Dhoni also played a handy cameo of 25 off just 12 balls with the help of three fours and one six.For the home side, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and leg-spinner Rashid Khan claimed a wicket each.

In reply, Hyderabad had a horrid beginning as they lost three wickets for just 22 runs inside the first five overs, courtesy brilliant bowling from Chahar.But Captain Williamson kept scoring from one end to keep his team alive in the contest by establishing a 49-run partnership with Shakib-Al-Hasan for the third wicket and 79-run partnership with Yousuf Pathan for the fourth-wicket.

But with run-rate reaching nearly 16 runs per over, Williamson and Pathan departed in quick succession as the home side only managed to score 178 for six in their 20 overs.Williamson finished the innings with the top score of 84 off 51 balls with the help of five fours and five sixes, whereas Pathan scored 45 off 27 balls with the help of one four and four sixes.

For Chennai, Chahar was the most successful bowler as he claimed three, whereas Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, and Dwayne Bravo claimed a wicket each.

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