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The Chennai Super Kings maintained their 100 percent winning record against the Surisers Hyderabad with a last-over win. Despite getting a flying start – courtesy Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum – CSK briefly stumbled during their chase of 146 runs. However, they eventually got over the line with five wickets in hand and three balls to spare.
SRH won the toss and elected to bat first, earlier in the evening. Shikhar Dhawan (7), however, got out in the third over itself off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus. Even David Warner (0) did not last long and became Hilfenhaus’ second victim in the space of three balls. Aaron Finch was joined by Lokesh Rahul with the scorecard reading 15 for two. The duo needed to resurrect the SRH innings, and that is exactly what they did. They added 52 runs during a nearly eight-over stretch, before Rahul (25) was dismissed by Dwayne Smith in the 11th over.
Finch and Venugopal Rao (13) then took the SRH innings forward with a quick 31-run partnership. However, Mohit Sharma got rid of the latter in the 15th over to leave the Sunrisers on 98 for four. Even Finch (44) departed a little while later; Mohit Sharma cleaned him up in the 18th over. Thereafter, Darren Sammy (23*) and Karn Sharma (17*) took charge of proceedings. With little more than two overs to go, they compiled an unbroken 36-run stand.
During his seven-ball knock, Karn Sharma smacked Hilfenhaus for two monstrous sixes in the 19th over. Even Sammy got in on the act and struck a maximum in the final over of the innings. Punishing any loose offerings they got, the duo managed to take the SRH score to a respectable 145 for five in their allotted 20 overs.
For CSK, Hilfenhaus and Mohit Sharma picked two scalps each. And while R Ashwin did not dismiss any SRH batsman, he was extremely miserly during his four overs, which ended up costing just 17 runs.
In response, CSK’s openers – Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum – started lashing out from the word go. Known for their explosive, yet distinct, batting styles, both batters routinely clobbered the SRH bowlers all over the park. In what turned out to be a successful opening stand for CSK, their openers notched up 85 runs in 10.5 overs to put their team on top. Their partnership ended when Karn Sharma bowled McCullum (40) out. Before departing, the Kiwi batsman struck three fours and two massive sixes.
Then, Suresh Raina came to the crease. While content with playing second fiddle to Smith, the southpaw also smashed a four and a six during his stay in the middle. Smith too continued his onslaught and reached his half-century in quick time. The pair also took CSK past the 100-run mark. However, Raina’s (14) cameo ended when he tried to go for a big hit off Ishant Sharma, but could only find the safe hands of Venugopal Rao in the outfield.
But there was no stopping the on-song Smith (66), who kept dispatching the ball to, and over, the fence almost at will. The hard-hitting West Indian struck a total of four fours and five sixes during his 46-ball knock, which brought CSK to the brink of another big win. He was finally dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 16th over, with CSK just 20 runs adrift of the target.
After getting rid of Smith, Kumar had Faf du Plessis (0) caught behind in the same over. And then after adding 11 runs with Dhoni for the fifth wicket, Ravindra Jadeja (6) was bowled out by Ishant Sharma. With the run-chase equation suddenly coming up to a run-a-ball in the final over, Amit Mishra came into the attack. But after conceding two singles in two balls, the leg-spinner bowled a full-toss to Dhoni (13*), who promptly dispatched it to the fence to strike the winning runs.
For SRH, Kumar and Ishant Sharma picked up two wickets each.
Man of the Match: Dwayne Smith for his match-winning knock (66 off 46 balls)
In what turned out to be yet another disappointing outing for the Mumbai Indians, the Delhi Daredevils routed them by a six-wicket margin with seven balls to spare. After scoring a modest 125 for six in their allotted 20 overs, MI were unable to stop the DD batsmen from achieving the target with relative ease.
Earlier, MI won the toss and chose to bat first in Sharjah. Skipper Rohit Sharma (4), who opened the innings today, however, failed to make most of that decision; he was run-out by Mohammed Shami in the second over. Even his opening partner, Aditya Tare (8), departed early off the bowling of Wayne Parnell. With the scorecard reading 17 for two in 3.2 overs, Ambati Rayudu joined Corey Anderson in the middle. Tasked with the responsibility of rebuilding, the third-wicket pair took MI’s score to 37 at the end of the powerplay.
However, the situation did not improve for the Indians as they lost Anderson (13) off the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat soon after that. Then in the ninth over, Shahbaz Nadeem got rid of Rayudu (14), leaving MI on 46 for four. And at the half-way stage, MI could only manage 49 runs. Despite having Michael Hussey and Kieron Pollard at the crease, the run-rate dipped under five. And then to make matters worse for MI, Unadkat cleaned up Hussey (10), whose 18-ball stay in the middle was atypical of the stroke-making Mr. Cricket the fans have come to admire over the years.
After his departure, CM Gautam joined Pollard (33*) and tried to accelerate the scoring rate. Thanks largely to the middle-order batter, MI brought up their 100 in the 18th over of the innings. But Gautam’s (22) cameo ended with an unfortunate run-out in the next over. Pollard then struck a four and a six to take MI to 113 for six after 19 overs. Then, Harbhajan Singh (10*) played a vital role in taking his team’s score to 124, before he retired hurt with one ball to go in the innings. MI then finished at 125 for six in their 20 overs.
For DD, Unadkat picked up two wickets, while Nadeem and Parnell accounted for a scalp each.
In response to MI’s modest total, Quinton de Kock (16) and Murali Vijay started the Daredevils innings in a steady manner. The pair added 34 in just under seven overs, before de Kock got out off the bowling of Corey Anderson. JP Duminy then came out to bat, and along with Vijay, took DD to 55 for one at the half-way stage.
The pair then increased the scoring rate, and it appeared as though they had the MI bowlers’ number. That is when Rohit Sharma took matters in his own hands and decided to roll his arm over. And much to the delight of his teammates, the MI captain struck off his second delivery; he cleaned up Vijay (40) to leave DD on 79 for two in 12.2 overs. However, DD skipper Kevin Pietersen, who was the next man in, ensured his team reached the three-figure mark by the 15th over.
But off the first ball of the very next over, Lasith Malinga got rid of Duminy (19). And three deliveries later, the Sri Lankan slinger dismissed Dinesh Karthik (2). However, there were no more dents in the DD line-up as Pietersen (26*) and Kedar Jadhav (14*) took their team over the line with six wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.
For MI, Malinga was the pick of the bowlers and he ended up with figures of 4-0-17-2.
Man of the Match: Murali Vijay for his innings of 40 (34 balls) in a low-scoring match