Twitter Reacts After CSK Suffers Their 3rd Successive Defeat Of The Tournament As SRH Successfully Defends 164

Twitter Reacts After CSK Suffers Their 3rd Successive Defeat Of The Tournament As SRH Successfully Defends 164

SRH, David Warner
SRH beat CSK by 7 runs [Photo-Twitter]

Chennai Super Kings [CSK] have failed to stop the rut as they once again faltered in their run-chase, giving SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] their second successive win of the tournament.

Chasing 164, the former champions got off to a poor start as Shane Watson once again struggled against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and managed a painstaking six-ball 1 before eventually chopping it on his stumps in Kumar’s second over.

T Natarajan knocks over Ambati Rayudu [Photo-Twitter]
Ambati Rayudu failed to emulate his form from the opening game and was undone by a jaffa from the ever-so impressive, T Natarajan, who hit the deck hard around the leg-stump before the ball seamed away sharply. Rayudu, who was looking to steer the ball for a single on the leg-side was completely opened up in his defense, only for the ball to dislodge the top of off-stump.

Faf du Plessis was looking like he would finally make up for all the dot balls he consumed early in the innings before he was eventually run-out after the ball slipped out of Jonny Bairstow’s hand before going on to hit the stumps. And, to make matters worse, Kedar Jadhav fell to Abdul Samad to send CSK further down the dumps, reeling at 4-42.

Just 20 runs came in the next 4.5 overs after Jadhav’s dismissal as the duo of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja failed to bring any momentum to the run-chase, taking the equation to 104 off the last 42 balls. Jadeja and Dhoni could not make full use of the last two overs by spinners, managing just 16 runs off 12 balls.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja [Photo-Twitter]
Jadeja started the 17th over on a positive note, smashing boundaries off the first three balls as Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued to spray down the leg-side, to bring up the 50-run partnership. But CSK needed a sustained onslaught from both ends. Bhuvi came back brilliantly in the last 3 balls as he gave away just two runs. meaning that the Super Kinhds had to pull off a miracle in the last 3 overs.

Jadeja got a lucky reprieve on the first ball of the 18th over as Manish Pandey dropped his at the wide long-off boundary to give a much-needed boundary to CSK. The southpaw smashed a six off the third delivery to bring up his half-century. But unfortunately, he failed to clear the boundary on the following ball and Abdul Samad ensured he safely pouched the catch at deep square-leg.

Sam Curran smashed a six off his very first delivery before Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured himself during his run-up as he pulled out twice while delivering the second ball of the 19th over. Kumar tried his best to bowl the over but he simply couldn’t get through his run-up, forcing Warner to give the ball to Khaleel Ahmed to bowl the remaining 5 balls. Dhoni scored a four and six off the next 5 balls to bring the equation down to 28 off the last six balls.

Bhuvi’s injury meant that Warner had to turn to Abdul Samad [1-41] for the final over. Samad was clearly tensed as he dished a leg-side wide, one that gave CSK five runs. Samad came back brilliantly on the next delivery as he pitched it up, forcing Dhoni to drive it down the wicket for a couple. The next delivery saw Dhoni smash Samad for a fierce straight-drive. 17 off 4 balls. Samad again came back well- displaying his steely nerves- as he pitched it short ensuring Dhoni and Curran could only manage a single on the next three balls to eventually kill the contest.

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Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma’s brilliant 77-run-stand propelled SRH to 5-164 vs CSK

Batting first, SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] got off to a worst possible start as Deepak Chahar cleaned up opener Jonny Bairstow with a brilliant inswinger. Manish Pandey looked good during his 21-ball 29 before once again throwing his wicket away.

SRH was dealt with a body blow when skipper David Warner and Kane Williamson were dismissed on consecutive deliveries in the 10th over. While Warner was undone thanks to a brilliant catch at the boundary by Faf du Plessis while Williamson got involved in a horrible miscommunication with Priyam Garg.

Priyam Garg [Credits- BCCI]
Priyam Garg displayed his steely temperament and of-course his prodigious talent to the hilt, smashing a whirlwind 26-ball 51 during his 77-run-stand with Sharma [31 off 24 balls]. Sharma took the attack to the CSK bowlers from the outset while Garg got himself in before laying into the fast bowlers. He displayed his full range of strokes in the last few overs, and especially in the over against Sam Curran as he smashed him for three fours and one six to wrestle the momentum back in SRH’s favor.

Garg got a lucky reprieve in the final over after he was caught in the covers on a no-ball by Shardul Thakur. He eventually finished at a 26-ball 51- an innings which included 6 fours and 1 six- as SRH scored 73 runs in the last 5 overs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to SRH’s Win Over CSK:

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