In a thrilling last over finish, Chennai Super Kings edged past Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 runs in the first match of the doubleheader on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). SRH would be expecting a lot of runs from the left handed opener if he is fit and donning the Orange jersey in the middle.
A die-hard MS Dhoni fan was spotted holding a poster that would even make the CSK skipper blush.
Former Australia worldwide Watson spent eight Indian Premier League campaigns with the Royals, getting two centuries during his stint with the franchise. CSK is in the second position in the points table and SRH in the fourth position in the points table. Few are aware that the CSK and SRH not only have equal points (06) from equal number of outings (three wins out of four matches) but also have won matches against identical opponents and nearly in an identical fashion!
The team managements efforts ensured that CSK players will still be greeted by a sea of yellow for the match. When he fell to Dwayne Bravo off the final delivery of the 18th over, SRH needed 33 off the final two overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to return to winning ways when they take on the Chennai Super Kings in Match 20 of VIVO IPL 2018.
"I think the way Chennai soaked up the pressure, kept wickets in hand and then applied in the back half... a lot of credit to the way they got a very good total on the board".
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson smashed his third IPL century as the emphatic 64-run win took CSK to the top of the IPL 2018 standings. They played cautiously and guided the visitors to a score of 54 runs in 10 overs.
Rayudu played an awesome innings, hitting 79 runs off just 37 balls.
SRH's unbeaten run was halted when Kings XI Punjab defeated them by 15 runs in Mohali in their last game.
While for SRH their stronger suit is their bowling, with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan playing pivotal roles, CSK's stronger suit has been their batting. The pacer has had much more success vs Raina, dismissing him thrice in 45 balls conceding 62 runs (since 2013). SRH are now 22 for 3, with 20 out of those runs being scored by Kane Williamson, who is at the other end dejected. Kudos to Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan who took the game right till the end after a poor start, before Rashid got them close to a stunning win.