Kane Williamson’s half-century (57 off 39 balls) was in vain as Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. With this victory, CSK climbed one place to sixth in the IPL 2020 points table with six points from eight matches. David Warner and company suffered their fifth defeat of the season but their net net-rate kept them above CSK. Chasing 1 a8 with heavy fours on one side would have always been a difficult task but with the exception of Williamson, the SRH batsmen were able to go ahead on their own. His 40-run stand for the fourth wicket between Williamson and young Priyam Garg was crucial.
While the New Zealand captain stood on the field from one end, he did not get support from the other end as he kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Dhoni used seven bowlers in the game and Piyush Chawla, who was given a chance in the playing XI, bowled just one over and shared an eight-run stand. Dwayne Bravo, bowling in the last over of the innings, came back with the best bowling of 2/2 of all CSK bowlers, while Karna Sharma scored in the last over but managed to take two wickets. Kuran, Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur took three wickets each.
Earlier, CSK skipper MS Dhoni decided to bat after winning the toss and sent all-rounder Sam Curran to the innings opener with Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis did not get a single ball in the first two overs and when he finally came on strike in the third over, he caught wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow off Sandeep Sharma and fell on the first ball.
Kareena repaid the confidence shown to him by the CSK management and scored quick runs (31 off 21 balls) with the help of three fours and two sixes. Sandeep Sharma took the second wicket in the powerplay in the 10th over.
Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu batted closely, returning both openers to the pavilion and maintaining the scoreboard with one and two pairs and occasional fours.
1 Rashid In the 10th over, Rashid Khan’s pair hit one six each and the two changed gears. Khalil Ahmed broke the 81-run stand in the next over by dismissing Rayudu. Watson also fell down soon after the SRH bowlers withdrew the item for a while.
Dhoni (21 off 1 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (2 not out off just 10 balls) played aggressively and scored some important runs under the guidance of 1 the // of.
For SRH, Sandeep Sharma was the most economical and productive bowler as he made a comeback with a 2/19 figure in his four-over spell.
Rashid Khan was profitable but wicketless, while Khalil Ahmed and death-over specialist T Natarajan ran towards the end but managed to take two wickets.