Chennai Super Kings returned to winning ways with a thumping six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. After losing two back-to-back games for the first time since returning to IPL last year, the Super Kings came up with a fine effort to see off the high-flying Sunrisers.
Asked to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad put up 175 for 3 in the allotted 20 overs with David Warner and Manish Pandey scoring fifties. Harbhajan Singh gave Chennai Super Kings a solid start by dismissing in-form Jonny Bairstow for a duck. However, Warner and Manish Pandey steadied the ship and added 115 runs for the second wicket. Harbhajan Singh broke the stand when he accounted for Warner for 57. Pandey, however, stayed till the end, scoring an unbeaten 83 to help his side put up a good total.
In reply, Super Kings rode in Shane Watson’s sublime 96-run knock to chase down the total with a ball to spare. The scoreline might suggest that it was a close contest but it really was not. That the game got so close only because the Super Kings slowed down a bit towards the end. After losing Faf du Plessis for just 1, Watson and Raina laid the foundation for the chase with a 77-run stand. Watson and Ambati Rayudu then added 80 runs for the third wicket before both departed. Kedar Jadhav and Dwayne scored the required runs to take the side home.
The win, nonetheless, was Super Kings’ eighth of the season as they returned to the top of the points table. Super Kings had slipped down to the second place on Monday after Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.
Here is the updated IPL updated points table:
Updated Orange Cap table:
Sunrisers Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow occupy the top two spots with 574 runs and 445 runs respectively. Chris Gayle, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul complete the top-five.
Updated Purple Cap table:
Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada sits at the top with 23 wickets in 11 matches this season. Imran Tahir is at second with 16 wickets. Super Kings duo Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar have taken the next two spots with 16 and 14 wickets, respectively. Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami complete the top-five list.