CSK vs SRH: A half-century between openers Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf Duplessis and a century partnership between the two helped Chennai Super Kings to top the points table in the Indian Premier League with a fifth successive win over Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets here on Wednesday.
This is the fifth victory in six matches of the Superkings and the team is on top with 10 points. Royal Challengers Bangalore has the same number of points but the Chennai team is on top due to a better net run rate. The Sunrisers team is at the final spot with two points after their fifth defeat in six matches.
Chasing the Sunrisers’ target of 172, the Superkings scored a 129-run first-wicket partnership between Gaikwad (75 off 44 balls, 12 fours) and Duplessis (56 off 38 balls, six fours, one six). Won an easy win by scoring 173 runs for 3 wickets in 18.3 overs.
For Sunrisers, Manish Pandey scored 61 runs in 46 balls with five fours and a six in addition to a 106-run partnership for the second wicket with Warner (57 off 55 balls, three fours, two sixes), which led the team to three Was successful in scoring 171 runs on the wicket. Kane Williamson (26 not out from 10 balls) and Kedar Jadhav (12 not out from four balls) batted in the final over, adding 89 runs in the final 8 overs.
During this innings, Warner became only the fourth batsman to complete 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Shoaib Malik have achieved this feat before them. The Superkings, who came out to chase the target, got a stormy start by the duo of Duplessis and Gaekwad. Duplessis hit Khalil Ahmed with three fours. Gaikwad also hit fours on Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul. The Superkings team managed to score 50 runs without losing wickets in the power play.
Gaikwad hit Jagdish Suchit for two fours while Duplessis hit a four and a six in this spinner’s over. Duplessis completed a 32-ball half-century with two runs off Kaul’s ball and took the team’s score to 100 runs in the 11th over.
Gaikwad hit Suchit for 3 consecutive fours in the next over and during this period he completed a half-century in 36 balls. However, he was lucky in the next over of Rashid Khan (three wickets for 36 runs), while wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow failed to catch his catch. Gaikwad also hit three fours in this over but was bowled on the last ball.
Moeen Ali (15) opened the account with four boundaries on Khalil and then hit two fours on Rashid, but caught the same leg-spinner’s ball in the air and caught Jadhav. Rashid also bowled Duplessis on the next ball.
The Superkings needed 24 runs to win in the final five overs and Suresh Raina (17 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (07 not out) gave the team an easy lead.
Earlier, Warner won the toss and decided to bat first. Johnny Bairstow was lucky on the second ball of Deepak Chahar’s innings when his catch was dropped by wicketkeeper captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Bairstow and Warner hit Chahar in the third over. Bairstow, however, was caught by Chahar in an attempt to play a big shot off the ball of Sam Curren (one wicket for 30 runs). He scored seven runs. Pandey opened the account with a four on Chahar and then saw the ball of Kuren to the boundary. Sunrisers scored 39 runs for one wicket in the power play.
Pandey and Warner failed to add to the run pace. Pandey hit the first six of the innings on Moin Ali in the 10th over. Pandey hit a four off Shardul Thakur after hitting a four off Ravindra Jadeja and then completing a 35-ball half-century with a single. The century of the Sunrisers’ runs was completed in the 14th over.
Warner hit his first six off the ball from Engidi (two for 35) and then completed his 50th IPL half-century off 50 balls with a six over Jadeja. Warner, however, caught Jadeja in an attempt to play a big shot off the ball of Engidi. Pandey hit a four on Engidi but Duplessis took a brilliant catch on the boundary in an attempt to play another big shot.
Williamson hit three fours and six off Thakur’s successive balls to take the team’s score to 150 runs in the 19th over. Jadhav hit a four and a six over Curren on the last two balls of the innings.