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Sunrisers Hyderabad 171/3 (20 ov)
Chennai Super Kings 173/3 (18.3 ov)
Chennai Super Kings won by 7 wickets
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That is that as far as this game was concerned. An encounter that promised a lot of excitement but ended up as a no-contest. It was a pleasure bringing the updates of this game to you as always - thank you so much for tuning in to Sportskeeda for the same. Not much time to sit back though as we have a double-header tomorrow: the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals lock horns at this very same venue of the Arun Jaitley Stadium, while the evening encounter sees the Delhi Capitals face the Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad. Do be back for our coverage of the same tomorrow. For now though, on behalf of my colleague Shashwat Kumar, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha gently reminding you to mask up, sanitize those hands, maintain social distancing and stay indoors. Take care, good night and stay safe!
Barring those final two overs with the ball in hand, it was all about the Men in Yellow tonight. They were at their nagging best with the ball in keeping the Sunrisers on a leash, while it wouldn't be wrong to say that this was CSK's finest fielding performance for a few years now. They have had some aging legs in their ranks but the infusion of some more agile legs has helped their cause this season - all the more reason as to why they find themselves perched atop the points table. As for the Sunrisers, things are getting worse with each passing game and a rough night with the bat for David Warner didn't aid their quest for resurgence as they begin the Delhi leg much like how they began the Chennai leg - with a loss. Loads of thinking to do but one fears that time is running out for the Orange Army this season.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Player of the Match): It means a lot but a little bit disappointed as I could have finished it off. Would have been really happy if i had remained not out and finished the job. I think it was a little two paced. Some skid on while the others kept low. The scoring shots were difficult and it was all about finding the gaps and hitting it over the fielders. I just planned as to who was the better bowler for the surface. One or two of them had a slightly off day and I had to cash in. Of course the asking rate meant that I had to keep going and fortunately it came off. I just focus on the moment and I want to perform each game.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings Captain): I think the batting performance was superb but that doesn't mean that the bowling wasn't good. It was surprisingly a good wicket. When you come to Delhi you expect a slower track. There was no dew. Had the dew set in then I think 170 was slightly below par so we had to work for those runs. (The reason behind the turnaround from last season) I think addressing the problem. If there are any issues, the earlier you settle it the better because it gives us a better chance to win. Also i think five-six months away from the game (last year), adapting to a new venue, the longer quarantine were some of the factors (that hampered them in 2020). But I think the players have adapted very well and risen to the occasion. If you see for the last 8-10 years we have not changed our players from the squad. We also appreciate the ones who are not playing a lot because it can get tough. A lot of times you might wonder 'Why is he getting a lot of chances and why and not me?' It is about telling them that they will get their chance. We have to move together in the same direction as a team. If one player doesn't perform then somebody else is waiting to take their chances. Keeping the dressing room atmosphere healthy is very important. I think we have to credit to the individuals since not playing can get to you but they have responded really well and they deserve that extra credit.
It was as simple as a stroll in the park for the Chennai Super Kings as they were in control right from the word go in their run chase. Faf du Plessis continued his great run of form and took the attack to the seamers in the Powerplay. While he picked out the gaps with the precision of a surgeon, his partner Ruturaj Gaikwad once again held back and was content with tapping the strike over to his seasoned partner. The new ball swung for all of one over post which the opening duo brought out a mixture of eye-pleasing strokes and regular running between the wickets with minimal risk, to march their way to another 50-run stand inside the first six overs.

Jagadeesha Suchith was not given any respect, with the ones that were too straight or a touch short being latched onto. The baton of upping the ante was passed onto Gaikwad as he feasted in on both Suchith and Rashid Khan. Rashid was definitely the one bowler who seemed like picking up a wicket but when even he dropped the odd one short, Gaikwad pounced on them with no respect whatsoever for the Afghan superstar. In the meantime of course, both batters got to their respective half-centuries as CSK were waltzing their way to the target.

It eventually took a peach from the spin wizard to see the back of Gaikwad for a spectacular 75 as the opening stand was broken at last. Moeen Ali came in and did what he's done all season - waste no time in keeping the runs coming. One shot too many and an excellent googly later, both Moeen and du Plessis found themselves back in the hut, suddenly giving the Sunrisers a ray of hope.

There was a quiet over from Siddharth Kaul but the openers had well and truly killed the game much earlier with their 129-run opening stand. Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina added the finishing touches as CSK got to their fifth consecutive win in a canter by virtue of which they've reclaimed the top spot in the points table.

Absolutely nothing went the way of the Sunrisers with the seamers having no answers to the minimal risk approach from the Super Kings openers. The absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan did leave a gaping hole in their seam attack but the lack of a timely acceleration with the bat left them with an under-par score for their bowlers to make a game of. That's their fifth loss in six games now and things are slipping away rather quickly for David Warner's men.
Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings, incumbent Orange Cap holder): Feels good. Obviously winning matches is just as nice. I think the partnership between myself and Ruturaj is very productive at the moment. I just tried to make sure that my basics were right. I went through the last season where I did well personally and i tried to improve on that this season. I think it was a pretty good wicket. I think around 190 would have been a good score and obviously when you start like that it becomes a lot easier later on. I think we've got really good balance and we've made some adjustments. Our batting depth is really good and the guys on the bench as well like Robin Uthappa speak of the depth. We can actually make three-four changes for the conditions. But I think the biggest change is the balance that we have. (On his catch) I'm actually disappointed that I haven't been getting enough catches. Jaddu is grabbing everything at the moment. I am glad to have got one tonight but he's Superman at the moment.
David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad Captain): I take full responsibility for the way I batted. I was very slow and obviously on the field we were very frustrated. Manish batted really well at the top and Kane got us those boundaries at the end to take us to a respectable total. I think I hit about fifteen good shots to the fielders, as simple as that. There was one guy in the leg-side I hit a full toss straight to. Many such examples today where I kept picking them out. At the end of the day we still had 170 on the board. When you don't take wickets in the Powerplay it can get difficult. The two openers batted really well for them. When you get that breakthrough you look to squeeze it a bit but they were well ahead. (On Kane Williamson batting at 4) He was going to bat at 4 and that's how it always was. It's his role to bat at number 4. (On the road ahead) We're keeping it positive. We have a bunch of great guys in the team. The guys will hurt after this but we will pick ourselves up.
Job done without breaking a sweat! It's been all about the Chennai Super Kings tonight as they canter home by 7 wickets with nine deliveries to spare!
18.3 Sandeep Sharma to Suresh Raina, FOUR! SHOT! THAT WILL BE THAT! Low full toss outside off stump. Raina bends his front knee and crashes that one past the fielders at extra cover and cover point for four
18.2 Sandeep Sharma to Ravindra Jadeja, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Jadeja gets onto the back foot and punches the ball towards deep point for one more run
18.1 Sandeep Sharma to Suresh Raina, full delivery on leg stump. Raina clears his front leg and swings that one away towards the sweeper at deep square leg for a single. Over to you, Sir Jadeja!
Sandeep Sharma, right-arm medium, is back into the attack.
Raina has looked rusty tonight but perhaps this was the night for him to have a hit out there. Can he cap off the night in style and seal the game for the Super Kings?
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cricket ball icon Siddarth Kaul
17.6 Siddharth Kaul to Suresh Raina, low full toss just outside off stump. Raina has another massive swipe across the line and squirts it off the bottom edge towards fine leg for a single. Raina has played plenty of shots for 12 runs!
17.5 Siddharth Kaul to Suresh Raina, banged into the track at the batsman on middle and leg stump. Raina gauges the line and the length early and decides to duck underneath it
One shot away from reclaiming the top spot in the table now!
17.4 Siddharth Kaul to Suresh Raina, FOUR! Full delivery on leg stump. Raina sits deep in his crease and mousses that one towards deep square leg, who misses the ball on the bounce!
That boundary brought up Raina's 500th four in the IPL by the way. Been a night of a lot of milestones!
17.3 Siddharth Kaul to Suresh Raina, full delivery on middle and leg stump. Raina shuffles across his crease and plays that one into the leg side towards the fielder at mid wicket
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