Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a comprehensive win over Chennai Super Kings, courtesy splendid performances from Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan and David Warner. Chennai Super Kings certainly missed leadership of MS Dhoni as he was ruled out of this fixture due to a back problem.
Chennai struggled to get going in their innings and posted 132 for 5 in their 20 overs. In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad completed a comfortable win due to spectacular half-centuries from Warner and Bairstow.
Chasing 133 runs to win, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got Hyderabad off to a flier and accumulated 60-odd runs in the initial five overs. Warner smashed a half-century off 25 balls with the help of ten boundaries. He was first to be dismissed as Deepak Chahar provide crucial breakthrough for Chennai Super Kings.
Despite losing Warner, Jonny Bairstow played his shots and kept the scoreboard ticking for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He scored unbeaten 61off 44 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir got rid of Williamson to see Sunrisers lose their second wicket with 71 runs on the board. Deepak Hooda and Vijay Shankar also departed for low scores in this game.
It was due to Bairstow’s phenomenal batting effort that Sunrisers completed the chase in the 17th over of the innings.
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan delivered splendid performances to help Sunrisers Hyderabad notch up a comfortable win over Chennai Super Kings.
For Chennai, Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowler in the game. He conceded 20 runs and picked up four wickets from his four over spell. Ravendra Jadeja also bowled well and conceded less than six runs an over.
Earlier in the game, Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first. Chennai started their innings in a cautious manner as Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson added 79 runs in the initial 10 overs. Watson looked in good touch with the bat in his innings despite his lean run in this year’s competition.
Australian all-rounder scored 31 off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem cleaned up Watson to see Chennai lose their first wicket in the 10th over of the innings.
Faf du Plessis played a sensible innings for Chennai Super Kings and scored 45 off 31 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. Ambati Rayudu also produced unbeaten cameo of 25 runs to help Chennai post a below-par score on the board.
For Sunrisers, Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the standout bowler on display in this game. He picked up key wickets of Captain Suresh Raina and Kedhar Jadhav in a single over to see Chennai lose the momentum in the later stages of their innings.