Sunrisers Hyderabad secured a comfortable 6-wicket victory, chasing down the target with 11 balls to spare, marking their second consecutive win at home and extending CSK’s streak of away losses.

After winning the toss, Sunrisers Hyderabad opted to bowl first against Chennai Super Kings, keeping a close watch on their run rate in the initial eight overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s early dismissal of Rachin Ravindra for 12 off nine balls set the tone. Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad’s departure in the eighth over further dented CSK’s momentum at 26 off 21.

However, Shivam Dube’s explosive innings changed the game, as he hammered 45 runs off just 24 deliveries, propelling CSK to 119/2 by the 14th over. Despite Dube’s dismissal by Pat Cummins, SRH tightened their grip by restricting CSK to 165/5, conceding only 38 runs in the final five overs.

In the second innings, Hyderabad adapted to the pitch conditions, capitalizing on the new ball. Abhishek Sharma unleashed a flurry of boundaries, particularly targeting the returning paceman Mukesh Choudhary, amassing 27 runs in a single over. Despite his aggressive start, Sharma couldn’t sustain his innings, and neither could Travis Head capitalize on his promising start. Aiden Markram then steadied the ship with a composed half-century but fell unexpectedly to a reverse sweep, followed by Shahbaz Ahmed’s similar dismissal. Heinrich Klaasen and Nitish Kumar Reddy kept their composure, with Klaasen finishing the innings in style with a maximum.

Chennai recognized their batting shortfall but leaned on their spinners, yet Mukesh Choudhary’s early onslaught and Deepak Chahar’s struggles exposed their vulnerability. Although Moeen Ali provided a glimmer of hope with timely breakthroughs, Chennai ultimately succumbed to a 6-wicket defeat despite their spin-heavy strategy.

Last Updated on April 5, 2024

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