Super Kings put cloud over Sunrisers

Chennai Super Kings celebrate their victory, including this year’s top IPL wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo (right).
Chennai Super Kings celebrate their victory, including this year’s top IPL wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo (right).

HYDERABAD – Chennai Super Kings conquered Hyderabad, brining to end Sunrisers Hyderabad’s undefeated run at home, with an empathic 77-run win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium today.

Chennai put into bat, destroyed Hyderabad by posting a massive 223 on the back of Suresh Raina’s undefeated 99 before their bowlers put up a good show to restrict the hosts to 146.

Chasing 224, the home side lost Shikhar Dhawan (3) in the second over, run out by a brilliant throw from MS Dhoni. Parthiv Patel however continued with two boundaries off Mohit Sharma. The left-hand opener then went after Jason Holder dispatching him for two boundaries and a six in the fifth over before Dwayne Bravo put him down. Kumar Sangakkara (3) followed when he top-edged a sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin to be caught by Chris Morris at short fine leg.

Suresh Raina dismissed Hanuma Vihari (3) caught in the deep to leave Hyderabad three down in the eighth over. Darren Sammy (7) pulled Sharma for a six before holing out to Morris the next ball. The collapse continued as Patel (44) was caught by Vijay in the ninth over. Hyderabad at the halfway stage were 75 for five, still requiring 149 runs.

Thisara Perera (23) smashed a boundary and a six off Morris before launching Bravo for a six. He departed the very next delivery caught by Subramaniam Badrinath. Karan Sharma, who was put down by Murali Vijay in the 15th over, cleared Jadeja over the ropes to give Hyderabad fans something to cheer about. Amit Mishra (6) was run out by Ravindra Jadeja in the 16th over. Hyderabad eventually fell short by 77 runs as Karan Sharma finished unbeaten on 39.

Earlier in the evening, Michael Hussey played a maiden off Dale Steyn before striking Ishant Sharma for consecutive boundaries. He and Vijay then smashed three boundaries off Perera in the fourth over. Murali Vijay (29) then took Ishant to the cleaners with three successive sixes before being caught behind off Perera. Karan Sharma was slammed for two sixes in the 9th over as Hussey and Raina went hard after the Hyderabad bowling. The duo put on 133 runs for the second wicket.

Raina was given a reprieve on 26 when Karan Sharma dropped him at point off Mishra. Runs continued to flow as Hussey launched Mishra for a maximum in the 16th over. Raina took Ishant apart in the 17th over for 25 runs. Perera then struck twice, bowling Hussey (67) before having Dhoni (4) caught in the deep. Raina however continued his onslaught with a six before Ravindra Jadeja (13 not out) cut Steyn away for consecutive boundaries. Twenty runs came from the final over.†

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