IPL 2018: Rayudu maiden IPL century helps Chennai beat Hyderabad
IPL 2018: Rayudu maiden IPL century helps Chennai beat Hyderabad
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14 May, 2018, 04:32
Pune: Opener Ambati Raydu (100 n o, 62b, 7×4, 7×6) smashed his maiden century in the IPL as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coasted to an easy eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to virtually seal a play-off berth here, Sunday.
Chasing 180 against a string Hyderabad attack, Rayudu cracked a superlative century and added 134 for the opening wicket with Shane Watson to help Chennai win the match comfortably and all but qualify for the IPL playoffs. Things could have become interesting had Sunrisers' Manish Pandey - stationed at long-on - not dropped a sitter off MS Dhoni (when on 2) with CSK still 36 away from the target.
Now CSK has 14 points in 11 matches, and they need to win just one out of the remaining three games.
Both Hyderabad and Chennai continue to be at the first and second spot respectively in the points table.
The pair shared a 123-run second wicket stand off 75 balls after Alex Hales (2) fell early.
Medium pacer Siddarth Kual leaked 40 runs from his three overs as the Sunrisers bowlers had a rare collective off day.
They reached the target of 176 on the fifth ball of the last over. Chennai, on the other hand, have been in good touch for most parts of the campaign, but they have had a few bad days and MS Dhoni will not want another defeat on Sunday.
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In Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan, SRH probably possesses the best bowling line-up in the tournament. Having lost the toss, Sunrisers' top order found themselves against Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, who bowled 18 dot balls between themselves in five Powerplay overs, at the end of which the batting side only managed 29 for 1.
Raina put on 86 for the second wicket with Watson, who struck a brace of fours and sixes before becoming Archer's second wicket, caught behind attempting to pull a quick in-swinging delivery.
However, SRH would consider themselves unfortunate that as soon as they came out to bowl, the swing that their batters had to cope up with early on was nowhere to be found.
With the departure of the two set batsmen, the tempo slowed down.
After the match, Kane Williamson conceded that the Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by the southern rivals. The lowest was Super Kings' 27 against the same opposition in their first match against each other. It's important to keep winning games.
"Rayudu scored a fantastic hundred". For CSK- Deepak Chahar, and the spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja who were incredible the last time they played here would be the bowlers to watch out for.
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