Hyderabad win by 7 runs, 3rd consecutive loss for Chennai
Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched their second consecutive victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs on Friday. After losing the first two games, Hyderabad is now upto the fourth position winning the next two games.
After another defeat in the battle between the bottom two teams, Chennai lost the chance to improve their ranking in table. Three-time winners Chennai have lost three games in a row since defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians in the first game. For the first time since 2014, Chennai has lost three games in a row.
After winning the toss, Hyderabad scored 164 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Despite captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's restraint, Chennai lost five wickets and managed to score only 157 runs. Dhoni hit 4 fours and 1 six in 36 balls and remained unbeaten on 47 runs. Chennai needed 28 runs in the last over to win. Abdul Samad gave away four wides in the first ball of the last over. Even after that, Chennai managed to score only 15 runs. Sam Curran hit a six off the last ball. He remained unbeaten on 15 off 5 balls with two sixes. Rabindra Jadeja top scored with 50 runs. He hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in 35 balls. He was dismissed in the 18th over.
Shane Watson (1), Ambati Rayudu (8) and Kedar Jadhav (3) couldn't get into double digit while Faf du Plessis scored 22 runs from Chennai. T Natarajan finished with the figures of 2-43 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Abdul Samad shared a wicket each.
Earlier, Priyam Garg, who was playing his first season in the IPL, scored an unbeaten 51 to take his team to a repectable total. He hit 6 fours and 1 six off 26 balls. Garg added 77 runs for the fifth wicket with Abhishek Sharma after Kane Williamson was run out in the 11th over. Sharma scored 31 runs off 24 balls with 4 fours and 1 six. Jonny Bairstow was out for zero, Manish Pandey for 29, skipper David Warner for 28 and Williamson for 2 runs. Deepak Chahar picked up 2 wickets while Shardul Thakur and Piyush Chawla bagged a wicket each.
Match Summary :
Sunrisers Hyderabad 164 for 5 (Garg 51, Sharma 31)
Chennai Super Kings 157 for 5 (Jadeja 50, Dhoni 47*, Natarajan 2-43)