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SRH Vs CSK, IPL 2024, Match 18: Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram Steer Sunrisers Hyderabad To A Six-Wicket Win - As It Happened

Aiden Markram's 50 and Abhishek Sharma's blistering 37 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match on Friday. This was CSK's second defeat in as many games. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers restricted CSK to a manageable 165 for 5 and the chased down the target in 18.1 overs. Abhishek Sharma teed off with 37 off just 12 balls to set the ball rolling while Aiden Markram's 50 off 36 balls and Travis Head's 31 off 24 balls also proved to be useful in the final context of the game. Most of the CSK batters got starts but didn't go on to play a big knock with Shivam Dube smashing 45 off 24 balls with four sixes apart from two fours. Jaydev Unadkat (1/29) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/28) were key bowling performers for SRH. For highlights and updates of match 18 in the IPL 2024 for SRH vs CSK, you can get it right here

SRH vs CSK IPL 2024 Highlights: Sunrisers Hyderabad have beaten Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. AP

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings, Highlights, IPL 2024

Aiden Markram's 50 and Abhishek Sharma's blistering 37 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match on Friday. This was CSK's second defeat in as many games. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers restricted CSK to a manageable 165 for 5 and the chased down the target in 18.1 overs. Abhishek Sharma teed off with 37 off just 12 balls to set the ball rolling while Aiden Markram's 50 off 36 balls and Travis Head's 31 off 24 balls also proved to be useful in the final context of the game. Most of the CSK batters got starts but didn't go on to play a big knock with Shivam Dube smashing 45 off 24 balls with four sixes apart from two fours. Jaydev Unadkat (1/29) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/28) were key bowling performers for SRH. For highlights and updates of match 18 in the IPL 2024 for SRH vs CSK, you can get it right here. (Scoreboard | Full Coverage)

Squads

Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Sameer Rizvi, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Matheesha Pathirana, Mustafizur Rahman, Shardul Thakur, Shaik Rasheed, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner, Devon Conway, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Prashant Solanki, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, RS Hangargekar, Maheesh Theekshana, Nishant Sindhu, Aravelly Avanish.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Mayank Agarwal, Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Pat Cummins(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Umran Malik, Glenn Phillips, Nitish Reddy, Upendra Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, T Natarajan, Anmolpreet Singh, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Sanvir Singh, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Marco Jansen, Akash Maharaj Singh.

Results At Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium

Last 10 IPL matches played in Hyderabad

Team winning the toss: Won: 6; Lost: 4

Team batting first: Won: 5; Lost: 5

Abhishek Sharma Speaking To The Broadcaster

We are viewing this one as a normal match, if you see the crowd, CSK fans are everywhere, I think it will be a good battle, at this venue, they have won a couple of games, we have won a couple of games, I think it will be a very good game. It has been very good, from the first day Pat Cummins and Daniel Vettori have had the same plan from day one, they have asked the batters to play their natural game and play with a positive mindset, we will back you guys so it’s a good thing for us. Especially in this tournament, he (Yuvraj Singh) has complimented me a bit but he wasn’t happy with my performances, because in a game I gave away my wicket, I will try that kind of thing doesn’t happen in this game.

SRH vs CSK, Pitch Report

"It's Match 18 and it's SRH v CSK. One side is slightly bigger then the other. Both square boundaries are sub-70-m, the straightboundary is slightly bigger. It's a different surface tonight, but there are a lot of runs. Some visible cracks, but it's not going to affect the game. The captain winning the toss would like to bat first. Even200 on this pitch isn't a safe score and the batting team will be disappointedat their effort", say Brian Lara and Samuel Badree in their pitch report.

SRH vs CSK, Toss Update

Pat Cummins has won the toss for SRH and opted to field against CSK. Here's what he said, "We'll bowl first. Looks like a good wicket and should stay the same for the whole match. We've got a great squad. Mayank Agarwal is unwell, he's replaced by Nitish Reddy. Last time, there were 500 runs scored, this looks like a good wicket as well."

Ruturaj Gaikwad | CSK Captain

It's going pretty well, the group is responding well. Nothing much changes for me, obviously this is a new challenge, but I'm feeling good. Pathirana is slightly ill - three changes for us, Moeen Ali,Theekshana and Mukesh Chowdhary come in. The bowlers are ready to go and so are the youngsters.

SRH vs CSK, Playing XI

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Abdul Samad, Nitish Reddy, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins(c), Jaydev Unadkat, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, T Natarajan.

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana.

CSK Lose Rachin Ravindra Early

Rachin Ravindra (12) has departed early, thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as Chennai Super Kings have been dealt an early blow.

After 5 Overs, CSK Are 33/1

Rachin Ravindra's wicket has really been a hammer-blow for CSK, who have got on to a slow start against SRH. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad is joined by Ajinkya Rahane, as the duo will look to give their team a platform to build on against a lethal SRH attack.

At The End Of 10 Overs, CSK Are 84/2

The departure of their skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad (26) was a vital blow but the arrival of Shivam Dube has been a sign of attacking display. SRH tried to quieten things in the middle overs but Dube's aggressive batting has put their spinners on the back-foot.

After 15 Overs, CSK Are 127-4

With the wicket of Shivam Dube, SRH struck another major blow to CSK but the arrival of Ravindra Jadeja could swing the fortunes for the five-time champions.

CSK Post 165/5 In 20 Overs

Shivam Dube, Ajinkya Rahane and Ruturaj Gaikwad steered Chennai Super Kings to a commendable 165/5 in 20 overs. Much of the credit should go to SRH bowlers, who bowled neat and tidy lines and gave little away to the CSK batters. After the departure of Dube, SRH bowlers held firm and have done brilliantly to keep the five-time champs below 180.

Jaydev Unadkat Speaking Mid-innings

To be honest, I don't see much difference in the pitch compared to the last game, but we kept bowling the hard lengths, we varied our pace and bowled with plenty of variations. It was one of those days when the ball went straight to the fielders and there were fewer boundaries conceded. It's about getting the momentum right, if we get runs during the batting PP, we'll go a long way in chasing this score down.

Abhishek Sharma's Fine Innings Comes To An End

A blistering innings of 37 off mere 12 balls for Abhishek Sharma, who has hammered CSK bowlers to all corners of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Alas, Deepak Chahar had the last laugh as he dismissed the southpaw.

After 5 Overs, SRH Are 64/1

Abhishek Sharma's blitzy innings has given the Sunrisers a fast start in Hyderabad. The one-time champs are 64/1 inside five overs, with Travis Head and Aiden Markram at the crease.

Score After 10 Overs, SRH Are 107/2

Despite the wicket of Travis Head (31), SRH are well within the grasp of reaching the target of 166 against CSK in Hyderabad. Aiden Markram and Shabhaz Ahmed look solid at the crease and look to finish things off quickly for the home team.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Need 31 Runs In 30 Balls

With 7 wickets in hand, one must say that SRH are favourites to win from here but don't discount CSK just yet. However, for that, they need to dismiss Heinrich Klaasen, who has just arrived at the crease after the fall of Aiden Markram (50).

SRH Win!

Sunrisers Hyderabad's formidable home form keeps going strong. After beating five-time champions Mumbai Indians, they have rolled over defending champs, Chennai Super Kings by six wickets. A victory that started with the bowlers and then moved to Abhishek Sharma's blitzkrieg and ended with Aiden Markram's half-century.

CSK - 165/5 (20 Overs)

SRH - 166/4 (18.1 Overs)

CSK Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad Speaks After defeat

It was a slow pitch. At the back end they bowled well. We couldn't capitalise in the last five overs. We were in a good situation halfway but they bowled well at the back. It was a black soil pitch, so we expected the slowness. As the ball got older, it got slower. They used the conditions well, big boundary at one end. We did not bowl well in the PowerPlay but did well to drag the game. 170-175 was par. If we would have had a good PowerPlay with the ball, we could have had the game. There was slight dew at the later stage. Moeen was spinning the ball in the 15th-16th over, so not much of a difference.

Aiden Markram Speaks Post His Side's Win

(The pitch) Not too bad, but not like it was against Mumbai. When we bowled, the first ten overs or so, it was coming on alright but got tougher. So we took on in the first ten and were in a good position later. I don't want to think too much, probably see-ball, hit-ball. That is encouraged by the team management and Patty. When you get in, the batter that is in needs to value the position. The Impact Player has freed batters.

Pat Cummins | SRH captain

Different soil. Slowed up a little bit as the game went on. Shivam was hitting it well against the spin. Thought we'll take chance with off-cutters. First thing is always to get the points. Wouldn't want to be bowling to him (Abhishek) and Trav Head at the top. Crowd was crazy tonight. When MS walked out, it was as loud as I've ever heard.

Abhishek Sharma Adjudged As POTM

In the bowling we felt it's a bit slow wicket. We knew if we take the powerplay on, we can go with the flow after that. We had a chance to prepare well before this IPL. Big scores do matter (individual scores), but I went with the flow today. Special thanks to Yuvi paaji, Brian Lara and my dad for this (Award).

CSK Lose, SRH Win

CSK lose another game on the road whereas SRH continue their formidable home form. IPL 2024 is a gift that keeps giving. Tomorrow is RR vs RCB, till then it's adios from us.

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