CSK end SH's unbeaten home run
The Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their first defeat on home soil this season as a Suresh Raina-inspired Chennai Super Kings trounced them by 77 runs in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Full Scorecard: Hyderabad v Chennai
The Super Kings, bouncing back from a bad loss to Mumbai over the weekend, ensured that they are within reach of a playoff place with a comprehensive victory at the Sunrisers' fortress, as the hosts were dismantled in their attempt to chase down a target of 224.
Raina hit an unbeaten 99 off 52 balls while David Hussey became the highest run-scorer in this season’s IPL with 67 off 42. They helped Chennai post the highest total for any team at playing at the Hyderabad ground this season.
The Sunrisers had won the toss and elected to bowl first, but their bowlers looked completely out of their depth as the Super Kings batsmen took them to task.
Ishant Sharma was particularly woeful with the ball as he finished with 4-0-66-0, the worst figures in IPL history.
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Dale Steyn was impressive in his four-over spell, conceding just 17 runs, but his prowess was not enough to stop the Super Kings from racking up the runs.
Raina’s knock took him past 400 runs in this year’s IPL, and he became the first player in the history of the tournament to pass the 400-run mark in every edition of the tournament as the visitors set their hosts an imposing total.
In their chase, the Sunrisers got off to a bad start with Shikhar Dhawan run out in the second over after attempting a quick leg bye.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara couldn't do much and contributed just three before he top-edged to short fine leg where Chris Morris took a simple catch off Ravi Ashwin's bowling.
Hanuma Vihari then followed, caught off Raina's bowling by Murali Vijay as the hosts stumbled to 55-3.
Darren Sammy was gone in the next over and the Sunrisers were in all sorts of trouble at 62-4.
Parthiv Patel was looking steady and had managed 44 off 30 before he too was sent on his way, caught at deep square leg by Vijay off Mohit Sharma.
Thisara Perera briefly looked like he might be able to change the impossible to the improbable, but after whacking 23 off 13, he too was dismissed.
Just one ball after being dropped, Perera was foxed by a slower ball from Dwayne Bravo and ended up getting a thin edge down to third man where Subramaniam Badrinath took a good catch as the embarrassment continued for the home side.
Amit Mishra was the next to go, in the unluckiest of fashions when Karan Sharma hit the ball straight back to Ravi Jadeja who happened to get a finger on it and Mishra had backed up too much.
The Sunrisers were capitulating and at 110-7 after 15.2 overs, they needed a miracle, but it wasn’t to be.
Karan Sharma stuck it out to the end with an unbeaten 39 off 33 and Steyn hit a few lusty blows to help keep his side's net-run rate in check, but a poor all-round performance was the undoing of the home side in the end.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: PA Patel (wk), S Dhawan, KC Sangakkara (capt), GH Vihari, NLTC Perera, DJG Sammy, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: MEK Hussey, M Vijay, SK Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), RA Jadeja, DJ Bravo, CH Morris, R Ashwin, JO Holder, MM Sharma