Rayudu rampant as Super Kings thump Sunrisers

IPL Live CSK vs RR

IPL Live CSK vs RR

Shane Watson (57) and Ambati Rayudu (100) made a strong opening partnership for CSK as they posted 134 runs in the first wicket partnership that almost dislodged SRH from the match. Riding on the superb opening partnership of 134 runs by Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu Chennai won the match by a comfortable 8 wickets with MS Dhoni scoring the winning runs. While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan Royals, is set to feature in the playing XI against Sunrisers Hyderabad (CSK vs SRH), Willey's inclusion look hard as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket.

He is on the third spot among top run-getters with 535, behind SunRisers captain Kane Williamson (544) and Kings XI Punjab's Lokesh Rahul (537).

They need only a win to go through to the playoffs and will be pumped to seal this one alright.

No other batsmen could pose any threat to the Chennai bowlers and the latter managed to restrict them to 179 for four.

Bhuvneshwar had another rare poor day in office, after the treatment he got from Delhi Daredevils' Rishabh Pant, as he leaked 38 runs from his four overs without any success.

Overall, its Hyderabad's bowling unit led by the overseas spin twins - Afghan Rashid Khan and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan - who have been instrumental till now.

The visitors were off to a slow start with just 29 runs in the powerplay, mainly due to a fine spell of bowling by CSK pacer Deepak Chahar (1/16). We gained hit on 45 boundaries.

CSK are coming off of a disappointing loss against Rajasthan, while SRH have not lost in quite a while as their batting improves with every game.

Electing to bat, Suresh Raina's half century and cameos from MS Dhoni (33 not out) and Sam Billings (27) helped CSK place a competitive 176 for just four.

Earlier, a consistent duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson stitched second successive century-plus stand and struck consecutive fifties to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a competitive 179/4. Deepak Chahar (4-16-1) and Shardul Thakur (4-32-2) started the proceeding for CSK as the batsmen looked tentative early on.

Even experienced players Dhawan and Williamson found it hard to score off Chahar.

The last ball of those seven overs was a slower ball from Bravo - a predictable one arguably - but it arrived so slowly that Dhawan was nearly through his second shot - a ramp - by the time the ball reached him. He conceded 24 runs in the two overs that he bowled. He gave away 39 runs in his four overs but bagged the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan and Williamson scored 79 and 51 respectively but fell in quick succession. Shane Watson looked well with his bat and he added 57 runs off 35 balls before he got run out.

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