IPL: Chennai outclass Hyderabad by eight wickets

Fan runs towards Ajinkya Rahane of the Rajasthan Royals during an IPL 2018 match

Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, had a different script in his mind and he seemed determined to write it. Batting fearlessly, Dhawan charged on the CSK bowling attack and accompanied by the skipper Kane Williamson on the other side.

No team had successfully chased against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018, before they ran into Chennai Super Kings at the MCA stadium in Pune on Sunday (May 13).

Earlier, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and captain Kane Williamson continued their top form this season as the two batsmen struck fluent half centuries to take Sunrisers to 179 for 4 after being sent in to bat. At 62 for one in first 10 overs, they shifted gears in the second half with wickets in hand and added 115 runs in the last 10 overs.

Rayudu nearly played a second fiddle to Shane Watson in the powerplay overs before taking on Siddarth Kaul in the 7th over where he earned 16 runs and got the momentum going his way.

After eleven games and only three left to be played, Rajasthan Royals has to win the rest of the games to qualify for the playoffs, and their bowler Jaydev Unadkat reiterated how important balance of the team is at this crucial stage. The first phase was won by Chennai with Deepak Chahar, returning after recovering from a hamstring injury, utilising helpful conditions in a spell of 4-0-16-1.

This was after Suresh Raina (52) played anchor during Chennai's innings and guided them to a defendable total. The result is Sunrisers' excellence in the middle overs, where their run rate of 8.05 is fifth among eight teams in this season, thanks to their captain carrying the bulk of the burden.

CSK have lost the fewest wickets (54) while SRH have taken the second most number of wickets (73) after MI (80). It required a late cameo by Deepak Hooda to lift Hyderabad close to 180.

However, SRH would consider themselves unfortunate that as soon as they came out to bowl, the swing that their batters had to cope up with early on was nowhere to be found.

Soon, the carnage was unstoppable from both ends.

The consolation effort: Without Buttler's superhuman effort with the bat, the Chennai batsman would've had a night to savour, their top order firing in Jaipur. The Aussie fell short of the crease as he looked too exhausted and made his descent towards the pavilion straight away. He upped the ante even further after the landmark, striking clean and big around the ground.

Dhoni was dropped by Manish Pandey in a more than simple catch.

Five days after forcing his way into India's ODI squad on the back of his most prolific IPL season, Ambati Rayudu celebrated his call-up with a maiden T20 hundred.

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