Once Sunrisers Hyderabad got to 192 in the first innings, they were clearly favourites to take the rubber even against the batting might of Chennai Super Kings. Their bowlers did not disappoint and Chennai succumbed to their second defeat in a row as Sunrisers moved up to fifth in the points table with a comfortable 22 runs win at Hyderabad.
Playing at their regular home ground at Uppal, Sunrisers were put into bat by MS Dhoni and their opening combo once again showed how deadly they can be. This time, Shikhar Dhawan managed to stick around and let a rampaging David Warner do all the hitting. Warner was particularly severe on Mohit Sharma who overused the bouncer to him. Warner enjoyed the short-pitched stuff and unleashed an array of cuts and pulls. Mohit’s second over went for 22 runs.
Warner fell in the 9th over for a stroke-filled 61 that saw 11 fours and 1 six. Moises Henriques was promoted to No.3 with the licence to hit and he did exactly that. He charged Suresh Raina on the first ball he faced and hoisted him for a huge six over wide long-on. Henriques was stumped off Pawan Negi, but he had already made sure that the momentum was with Sunrisers with his 19 from 9 balls.
Eoin Morgan made a comeback to the side in place of Ravi Bopara and he stayed not out on 32. Dhawan was not fluent but he stayed on till the 13th over. He was ran out by Ravindra Jadeja as an accurate throw from the deep found Dhawan short of his crease.
In reply, McCullum started off in his usual fashion and hit Trent Boult for three fours in the first over. But soon, McCullum soon chopped one onto his stumps off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Henriques got other opener Dwayne Smith for 21 and then dismissed a dangerous looking Suresh Raina for 23.
It was all down to Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni. They added 46 for the fourth wicket and were about to go for the final assault. But du Plessis was runout in a very bizarre way. Dhoni drilled one Ashish Reddy ball down the ground. It hit the umpire and went to the left of the bowler. Faf thought there was a run and he he started running for it. Dhoni sent him back and by the time, he turned around, Reddy had got to the ball and dislodged the stumps.
Dhoni did not look happy and it was going to get bitter for him. Reddy’s next ball, he tried to work one through the leg-side and missed. The straight ball crashed into the stumps and the skipper went for a subdued 20 off 16. CSK were reduced to 114 for 5 in the 13th over .
Negi and Dwayne Bravo tried to got the chase back on track but the asking rate was always up against them and the Sunrisers’ death bowling proved to be too tough to get away . Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was at his usual best at the end and he managed to hit that yorker length consistently. He accounted for Negi with one such inswinging ball at the base of the stumps.
Henriques and Reddy was economical for Sunrisers and the control they exerted in the middle overs was the key to their success. For CSK, the absence of Ashwin was felt and other spinners failed to stand up. CSK stay at top despite the defeat.