Ranchi: Riding on David Warner’s brilliant 45-ball 90 and Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 64 off 51 Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the target of 186 with relative ease to beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets on Thursday. Sunrisers crossed the mark with two balls to spare taking their points tally to 12 with a match still left.
However, if Rajasthan Royals win their next match and take their points tally to 16, Sunrisers’ last game will be rendered inconsequential. CSK, although have qualified for the play-offs have now encountered hat-trick of defeats losing on a trot to RCB, KKR and Sunrisers respectively. This is only fourth time in seven editions when CSK have lost three matches in a row.
Chasing 186 to win, Warner started by belting Mohit Sharma for couple of boundaries — one on square of the wicket and the other was a straight hit. In the next over, he hit Ashwin straight into the sightscreen and also got a boundary. The final over of the Powerplay and second bowled by John Hastings opened the floodgates as Warner smacked him for five boundaries that enabled him to complete a half-century.
Warner was finally out as he played on with team’s total on 116 with Hastings getting his revenge. He hit 12 fours and three sixes in his 45-ball knock. Once Warner left, there was a few minutes of quiet period before Dhawan took over. First he dispatched Jadeja for a four and a six. New man Naman Ojha launched into Negi to hit him into the second tier after which Dhawan pulled Suresh Raina over deep mid-wicket for a six as the required runs came below 30. Dhawan completed his 50 with a couple off Mohit. It took him 40 balls to reach the landmark.
Ojha (19) and Darren Sammy (0) departed in quick succession but match was all over by then.
Earlier, put into bat by Hyderabad, Dwayne Smith’s early blitzkrieg and solid middle order performances by David Hussey and MS Dhoni helped Chennai to a competitive 185 for 3 on a Ranchi wicket that was delite for the batsmen. Super Kings smashed 68 runs off the last five overs with the Indian captain plundering South Africa’s premier pacer Dale Steyn for 24 off the final over.
Smith got Chennai off to a flying start by smacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for three boundaries in the very first over. His opening partner Faf du Plessis started in the same fashion as he hit Dale Steyn for three boundaries of the second over. Du Plessis continued his assault in the next over as well hitting Bhuvneshwar for another boundary. Salvation came for Hyderabad when Smith smashed a Karn Sharma delivery straight down the ground and the ball hit the bowler’s hand went on to the stumps.
Smith was done in by a Karn googly as he was trapped plumb in-front. Suresh Raina did not get the big heave right as he was caught in the deep by Aaron Finch off Karn’s bowling. At 77 for 3, Dhoni and Hussey joined forces as they first settled down before going for the final assault. Hussey, justified the faith CSK management entrusted in him by summoning him as Dwayne Bravo’s replacement, scoring a rapid 50 off 33 balls while Dhoni as usual saved his best for the last with another hurricane unbeaten 41-ball-57 that had two fours and four sixes.
Hussey timed his innings to perfection as the first 15 runs took him 19 deliveries but he smacked 35 off the next 14 deliveries that had five fours and two huge sixes off Irfan
Pathan. Steyn was expensive going for 43 off four while Pathan was smashed for 34 in three overs. Karn Sharma’s 2 for 19 was the only saving grace. Dhoni launched into Dale Steyn in the final over of the innings smashing 24 with the help of two fours and two sixes. The duo added a whopping 108 runs in 11.2 overs for the unbroken fourth wicket as CSK crossed the 180-run mark with ease.
With inputs from PTI