Ruturaj Gaikwad danced down the track to a length delivery from the West Indian. He gave himself some room while looking to go over the in-ring fielders on the offside. But, the right-hander mistimed the shot and cross-batted the ball towards mid-off.
The ball almost leapt over Kane Williamson, who was backtracking, but the SRH skipper held in composure, put in a jump and calmly grabbed the ball to end a brilliant knock of Ruturaj Gaikwad on 45.
Openers put CSK ahead in the chase of 135
Chasing 135, Ruturaj Gaikwad started off in a brisk fashion, taking a four off Sandeep Sharma and hitting a six to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Faf du Plessis joined in the fun stroking a six off Kumar and a couple of fours off Jason Holder. Gaikwad then thumped Rashid Khan for a four and a maximum to cap off the powerplay at 47/0.
Du Plessis then harrumphed another pair of four and six off Siddarth Kaul in the 7th over. Gaikwad was then dismissed in the 11th over by Holder for 45 but by then the required run rate had come down to 6 runs-per-over.
Earlier, after being inserted in to bat first, SRH lost Jason Roy early to Josh Hazlewood for a scratchy 7-ball 2. But Wriddhiman Saha played his shots with comfort against the CSK pacers, whacking Deepak Chahar for a couple of maximums during the powerplay.
Soon after, Kane Williamson was trapped lbw by Dwayne Bravo for a run-a-ball 11; the West Indian also accounted for Priyam Garg with a short delivery. Fall of wickets at the other end slowed down Saha, who eventually fell to Ravindra Jadeja after scoring 44 off 46 balls.
Young batters Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad hit a four and a six each before both, after scoring 18 runs each, succumbed to Hazlewood in the 17th over; the Australian pace returned with his best IPL figures of 3/24.
In the 19th over, Holder holed out in the deep to a good catch from Chahar for 5 runs to the bowling of Shardul Thakur. Rashid Khan’s 17-run knock, which included a couple of boundaries, helped SRH trudge over 130.