IPL: Chennai Super Kings beat SRH by 6 wickets, make it to the playoffs

In the 44th match of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 6 wickets. Batting first after losing the toss in this match played in Sharjah, Sunrisers scored 134 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Chennai Super Kings achieved the target of 135 runs in 19.4 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 17 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 14. Dhoni gave victory to the team by hitting a six off Siddharth Kaul.

With this win, Chennai has confirmed its place in the playoffs. It has 18 points from 11 matches and remains in first place in the table. At the same time, this is the 9th defeat of Sunrisers in 11 matches. He is in the last position in the table with 4 points.

Gaikwad and du Plessis give a good start to CSK

Chasing the target of 135 runs, Rituraj Gaikwad (45) and Faf du Plessis (41) gave Chennai a good start. Both made excellent shots and also made an opening partnership of 75 runs. This partnership was broken by Jason Holder and Rituraj was caught by Williamson on the very first ball of the 11th over of the innings.

Gaikwad hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 38-ball innings. Then Moeen Ali took the innings forward with du Plessis and added 28 runs for the second wicket. Ali (17 runs off 17 balls) was bowled by Rashid Khan. Jason Holder gave 2 blows to Chennai in the 16th over of the innings. Suresh Raina (2), who landed at number four, returned cheaply to the pavilion, which was dismissed lbw by Holder.

Siddharth Kaul caught du Plessis on the 5th ball of the same over. He hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in his innings of 36 balls. Chennai needed 3 runs to win in the last over of Siddharth Kaul and Ambati Rayudu could only score 1 run in 2 balls. Then Dhoni came on strike on the third ball. However, no run was scored on this ball as well and the team needed 3 runs from 3 balls.

Then on the fourth ball of the over, Dhoni made the team's score 139 for 4 by hitting a skyscraper six. Dhoni scored 14 runs in his unbeaten innings of 11 balls with 1 four and 1 six, while Rayudu (1 four and 1 six off 13 balls) returned unbeaten on 17. For Hyderabad, Holder took 3 and Rashid Khan took 1 wicket.

Jason Roy and Williamson were flops

Earlier, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and invited Hyderabad to bat first. The Hyderabad team got the initial blow in the form of Jason Roy, who became the victim of Josh Hazlewood by scoring just 2 runs. Saha made an opening partnership of 23 runs with Roy. After this, captain Kane Williamson took the innings forward but Dwayne Bravo showed him the way to the pavilion on the third ball of the 7th over of the innings.

Young Priyam Garg, who came to bat at number four (7 runs off 10 balls), also could not do much and was caught behind the wicket by Bravo. Saha was caught by Dhoni on the third ball of the 13th over of the innings by Ravindra Jadeja and he missed the half-century by 6 runs. Saha scored 44 runs in 46 balls hitting 1 four and 2 sixes.

Abhishek Sharma hit a brilliant six on Josh Hazlewood in the 17th over of the innings but he was caught by Faf on the very next ball. Abhishek hit 1 four and only 1 six in his innings of 13 balls. Abdul Samad (18) also had to return to the pavilion on the 5th ball of the same over when Moeen Ali took his brilliant catch. Samad hit 1 four and only one-six in 14 balls. All-rounder Jason Holder (5) was sent to the pavilion by Shardul Thakur. At the same time, Rashid Khan returned unbeaten on 17 runs off 13 balls with the help of 2 fours.

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