Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been backed by Ambati Rayudu’s heroics to post a match-winning 182 for three in their 20 overs. CSK had a very slow start to their innings as the visitors scored just 27 runs inside the powerplay.
While playing at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, the visitors made a strong statement by thrashing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowlers all-around the park.
The home team Hyderabad soon got more grip on the game when leg-spinner Rashid Khan got rid of Faf du Plessis in the eighth over, before local lad Ambati Rayudu walked in.
The Chennai-based outfit was reeling at 41 for two at the end of nine overs. Once the strategic timeout was completed, Rayudu started counterattack against Sunrisers’ bowlers.
According to the tactic, the right-handed batsman came to tackle the spinners of Sunrisers’ bowling department. And he did deliver the goods when asked to bat at number four position.
Rayudu went all guns blazing in his innings, as he increased Chennai’s run rate at an incredible pace. Soon, Suresh Raina also started getting into his groove as the duo took complete charge of the innings.
But Hyderabad managed to dismiss Rayudu through run out. The elegant Hyderabadi player hit the ball towards long on – to take a single. But some sloppy fielding by Siddarth Kaul at bowler’s end pushed the ball to few yards away from the stumps. Rayudu saw the opportunity to sneak in an extra run.
However, Raina didn’t show any interest in the run but amidst the confusion, Rayudu was left stranded in the middle of the pitch.
Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson was aware of the situation and dislodged the bails before Rayudu could make it back to the crease.
The dismissal of Rayudu had definitely helped Hyderabad to restrict the score to a considerably lesser total. Rayudu could have blasted the hosts in the final couple of overs.
Here is the bizarre run-out of Ambati Rayudu: