SunRisers Hyderabad produced one of their best performances ever to defeat defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the 33rd match of IPL 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
The visitors missed MS Dhoni who took a day off to rest his sprained back.
A win with 19 balls to spare against the most successful team in the league tells how desperate the last season's finalists were. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow laid the foundation to the chase with the Englishman carrying the bat.
Earlier, Rashid Khan was at his best. Took two wickets in an over to peg back CSK after Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis posted 79 runs inside ten overs.
And with that Hyderabad ended a string of three losses. For Chennai, a win would have confirmed their spot in the playoffs.
Warner won the man of the match.
Chennai Super Kings: 132/5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 45; Rashid Khan 2/17)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 137/4 in 16.5 overs (Jonny Bairstow 61 not out, David Warner 50; Imran Tahir 2/20).
Jonny Bairstow, who hit the winning runs, is congratulated by Imran Tahir. AP Photo
11:19 PM IST: A six from the blade of Jonny Bairstow to finish off the chase. That happened just after Deepak Hooda wasted his wicket. He was probably going for glory. SRH-137/4 in 16.5 overs. A six-wicket win for Hyderabad.
11:13 PM IST: Now to pacers. Suresh Raina brings back Shardul Thakur. Eight runs from the over. SRH-124/3 after 16 overs. They need another nine runs from 24 balls. Time out.
11:08 PM IST: Karn Sharma on with his second over. Fifty for Jonny Bairstow with a double off the last ball. He takes 39 balls to reach half-century with the help of three fours and two sixes. SRH-116/3 after 15 overs. They need 17 runs from 30 balls.
11:05 PM IST: Ravindra Jadeja completes his spell, 0/22. Six runs from his last over. SRH-111/3 after 14 overs. 22 needed from 36.
Joy for Imran Tahir. The South African celebrates Kane Williamson's wicket. AP Photo
11:02 PM IST: Imran Tahir on with his last over, and a very good one to end his spell. One run and a wicket, that of Vijay Shankar, caught behind. FoW-105/3 (12.2 Over). Shankar made seven off 11. Tahir's figures: 2/20. Deepak Hooda is the new man. Hyderabad need another 28 runs from 42 balls.
10:59 PM IST: Four runs from Ravindra Jadeja's third over -- all singles. SRH-104/2 after 12 overs.
10:55 PM IST: Bowling change. Karn Sharma into the attack, and gets a pasting from Jonny Bairstow. Sixes off the second and fourth balls. 15 runs from the over. SRH-100/2 after 11 overs. They need 33 runs.
10:52 PM IST: Ravindra Jadeja continues with his second over. Eight runs from it -- two doubles and a four. Jonny Bairstow hits the third ball for a four over the bowler's head. SRH-85/2 after 10 overs. They need 48 runs from 60 balls.
10:45 PM IST: Imran Tahir continues with his third over. Brilliant stuff from the South African. Two singles from it. SRH-77/2 after nine overs. They need another 56 from 66 balls. Time out.
10:42 PM IST: Ravindra Jadeja gets his first over. Four singles from it. SRH-75/2 after eight overs.
10:38 PM IST: Imran Tahir gets the better of Kane Williamson. Caught and Bowled! FoW-71/2 (6.6 Over). SRH captain made three off five. Three runs from the over. They need another 62 runs from 78 balls. Vijay Shankar is the new man.
10:34 PM IST: Fifty for David Warner (50 off 25) with a four off the third ball, in 24 balls. But Deepak Chahar gets his man next ball. Caught at mid-off by Faf du Plessis. FoW - 66/1 (5.4 Over). Kane Williamson, the new man, takes a double off the next ball. 10 runs from the over. SRH-68/1 after six overs. They need 65 runs from 84 balls.
10:28 PM IST: Yes, David Warner is on a song. Three back-to-back fours against Imran Tahir, including a reverse sweep. 14 runs from the over as Warner and Jonny Bairstow post another half-century opening stand. SRH-58/0 after five overs. They need 75 runs from 90 balls. Warner is already on 42 off 21.
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner post another fifty-run opening stand. AP Photo
10:23 PM IST: David Warner on a song here. Hits the last two balls of the over for fours, both through cover. 12 runs from Deepak Thakur's second over. SRH-44/0 after four overs. They need 89 more runs.
10:19 PM IST: Another very good over for SunRisers. 11 runs, including back-to-back fours off the third and fourth deliveries, hit by David Warner. Deepak Chahar's figures after two overs: 0/21. SRH-32/0 after three overs. They need another 101 runs.
10:13 PM IST: Shardul Thakur on with the second over of the innings. He leaks 11 runs, including two fours -- off the first and third balls, hit by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner respectively. SRH-21/0 after two overs.
10:08 PM IST: A very good start to the chase for SunRisers Hyderabad. 10 runs from the first over, bowled by Deepak Chahar, including a four off the second ball, hit by Jonny Bairstow. David Warner is the other opener.
9:48 PM IST: What a final over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Three singles, then two dots to Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja challenges the height of the fifth ball. A double off the last ball. Five runs from the over. Bhuvi's figures: 0/21. CSK-132/5.
9:43 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma on with his fourth over. Action filled one, lot of running and also a run-out chance. Ambati Rayudu plays the second ball to deep midwicket but almost lost his wicket coming back for the second. Eight runs from the penultimate over -- two doubles, three singles and a wide. Sandeep's figures: 0/33. CSK-127/5. And Rayudu is limping. 25 runs from the last four overs.
9:36 PM IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns for his third over. A single off the first ball, and Ambati Rayudu hits the next ball for a four through backward point. 10 runs from the over. CSK-119/5 after 18 overs. Rayudu is unbeaten on 17 from 14.
9:30 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his last over. Four dot balls to Ravindra Jadeja. Only two scoring shots from Khan's last ten deliveries. A single, to square leg. Then a magical delivery. Nothing happened, it seems. But SunRisers are reviewing for a caught behind and also the LBW. Ambati Rayudu completely misses it. Beaten by the turn. The ball hits a fraction of the off stump, and umpire's call. A single from the over. Khan's figures: 2/17. CSK-109/5 after 17 overs.
9:24 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma on with his third over. A wide to start, then a single off the fifth ball. But concedes a four to Ambati Rayudu. Six runs from the over. CSK-108/5 after 16 overs. Time out.
Long kiss goodnight! Khaleel Ahmed sends Sam Billings for a duck. AP Photo
9:18 PM IST: Khaleel Ahmed returns for his last over. And he had Sam Billings caught at point by Vijay Shankar. Easy take. FoW-101/5 (14.4 Over). Billings out for four-ball duck. Ravindra Jadeja joins Ambati Rayudu in the centre. Three runs and a wicket from the over. CSK-102/5 after 15 overs. 19 runs and three wickets in the last four overs. Ahmed's figures: 1/22.
Always in the centre of the action. Another good day for Rashid Khan. AP Photo
9:10 PM IST: Two runs and two wickets from Rashid Khan's third over. CSK-99/4 after 14 overs. Sam Billings is the new man for CSK.
9:08 PM IST: Another one for Rashid Khan. Another review. Last time was umpire's call. New man Kedar Jadhav fails to pick the wrong'un. And another umpire's call, CSK retain the review but lose the wicket. FoW-99/4 (13.4 Over).
9:04 PM IST: Rashid Khan traps Suresh Raina in front. Umpire Samsuddin raises the dreaded finger, and reviewed. And umpire's call. FoW-97/3 (13.1 Over). Raina made 13 off 13.
9:02 PM IST: Vijay Shankar continues with his second over. A single to Ambati Rayudu, then a four as Suresh Raina's top edge shot goes to third man boundary. Another half-chance as Rayudu plays uppishly to mid-wicket, where Kane Williamson goes for the catch. But misses. Eight runs from the over. CSK-97/2 after 13 overs.
8:57 PM IST: Rashid Khan returns for his second over. He beats Suresh Raina thrice, then a streaky four, to third man. Lucky. Six runs from the over. CSK-89/2 after 12 overs.
World Cup-bound and celebrating. Vijay Shankar with David Warner. AP Photo.
8:53 PM IST: Vijay Shankar gets the wicket of Faf du Plessis. Caught behind. Scramble seam and a bit of bounce. FoW-81/2 (10.2 Over). Faf made 45 off 31. Ambati Rayudu is the new man, and the 3D-2D battle is on. Inside edge and a single. Shankar almost had him first ball. Would have been some story. Three runs from the over. CSK-83/2 after 11 overs.
Shahbaz Nadeem celebrates the wicket of Shane Watson. AP Photo.
8:49 PM IST: Shahbaz Nadeem gets the first wicket of the match. Bowled Shane Watson. FoW-79/1 (9.5 Over). 10 runs from the over. Suresh Raina is the new man. CSK-80/1 After 10 overs. Watson made 31off 29.
Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson provide a solid foundation to CSK. AP Photos
8:40 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma returns for his second over. Seven runs from it -- five singles and a double. CSK-70/0 after nine overs. Time out.
8:35 PM IST: Double bowling change. Rashid Khan on. Shane Watson hits the first ball for a four. A beautifully executedsweep shot. Four more singles and eight runs from it. CSK-63/0 after eight overs.
8:31 PM IST: Shahbaz Nadeem on with his first over. Two singles and Faf du Plessis launches one over long-off. A single and Shane Watson frees some room and cuts it poast point fielder. A single to end the over. 14 runs from the over. CSK-55/0 after seven overs. This is their highest opening stand this season
8:27 PM IST: Khaleel Ahmed coninues with his third over, on the trot. A single off the second ball to Shane Watson, then Faf du Plessis hits the 400th six of the season. Over cow corner. Then a four through extra cover. Two byes and a single. 14 runs from the over. It spoils all his efforts in the first two overs. CSK-41/0 after six overs.
8:23 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma gets his first over. A dot to Faf du Plessis, and the first bad delivery of the match. Onto the leg stumps, and Faf hits it past short fine leg fielder. A single then, Shane Watson hits his second four through extra-cover. A single and a double to end the over. 12 runs from it. CSK-27/0 after five overs.
8:17 PM IST: Khaleel Ahmed on with his second over. A dot to Faf du Plessis, and the South African hits the second ball for a four. Straight over the bowler's head. Three dots and Faf wants a new bat. A single to end the over. Five runs from the over. CSK-15/0 after four overs.
8:13 PM IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues with his second over. Two dot balls to Shane Watson and the Aussie flashes hard for the first boundary of the match, flies over first slip. A double off the next ball and six runs from the over. CSK-10/0 after three overs.
8:09 PM IST: Khaleel Ahmed shares the new ball with Bhuvi. This is his fourth IPL match. He will be with the Indian team in England for the World Cup as net bowlers. A pitched up delivery to Shane Watson for a single. A similar delivery to Faf du Plessis, and Kane Williamson stops a certain four, diving at mid-off. Very good over. Two singles and one extra -- leg bye. CSK-4/0 after two overs.
8:04 PM IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts the proceedings. Only one run, a single to Shane Watson, from the first over. Faf du Plessis is the opener for CSK.
7:42 PM IST: Here are the playing XIs:
SunRisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina (c), Sam Billings (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
7:40 PM IST: Dhoni suffered back spasms in the previous game. And this is the first time since 2010 that he is not captaining the side. Suresh Raina said that the step is only precautionary, nothing to worry about.
The last time CSK played without Dhoni was in 2010.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 17, 2019
He played 121 successive games for CSK before missing today.
Few days back Rohit Sharma missed his first IPL game for Mumbai after playing 133 games in a row. #SRHvCSK
7:31 PM IST: Suresh Raina wins the toss and opts to bat first.
7:28 PM IST: Big news! As reported earlier, MS Dhoni is not playing today. Suresh Raina will lead CSK.
Here are the squads:
SunRisers Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), David Warner, Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Shahbaz Nadeem, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Siddarth Kaul, Shakib Al Hasan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
SRH have been highly dependent on the opening pair- David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, who have shared three 100 plus stands in the ongoing IPL. SRH lost all their 4 matches against CSK last year. CSK was one team, that Kane and Co. were not able to decode.
The team management will be hoping that Kane returns to top gear to play the anchor role that he displayed last year. CSK, on the other side, have had problems at the top with opener Shane Watson getting dismissed in the early stages of the innings. It is to be seen if Dhoni brings in Sam Billings into the squad for Watson. Even Murali Vijay can be given a chance at the top.
40-year-old Imran Tahir has been MS Dhoni's go-to man. The South African leg spinner has strangled the opposition with his flippers and wrong ones. It is also to be seen if Dwayne Bravo has recovered from his hamstring injury. CSK will also be happy that Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu showed some character in the recent matches.
With two points at stake, both the teams will be eager to outwit the other. While Vijay Shankar will be happy that he made it to the Indian world cup squad, CSK's Rayudu will be disappointed on losing out his spot to Vijay Shankar in the Indian team.
The onus as of now will be on the IPL clash and its high time that SRH get back to winning ways if they have to make it to the play-off stage. Meanwhile, CSK will be intending to continue their imperious form as they pile more points the top of the table.