Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been the inform teams at the 2018 IPL and the points table reflects their performance. SRH currently sit at the top of the table having played 12 matches with 9 wins and 3 losses. CSK sits in second place having played 12 matches with 8 wins and 4 losses.
CSK Chase Down 179
Sunrisers would have fancies their changes against CSK after S Dhawan (79) and captain Kane Williamson (51) put together a good partnership to give Sunrisers the platform to get to a big total. However, Sunrises fell a few runs short as they failed to clear the boundary in the final overs of the game and could only reach 179.
CSK opened with S Watson and A Rayudu and both batsmen put together a wonder partnership. Watson reached 57 and looked threatening but was run out. A Rayudu who has been in phenomenal form this IPL continued to bat till the end and remained unbeaten on 100.
MS Dhoni was at the crease when the winning runs were hit and there was still one over to go. CSK’s dominant performance against Sunrisers will be a huge confidence booster for the men in yellow as they are likely to play the Sunrisers in the playoffs sooner or later.
Rayudu – Key For CSK
CSK will most likely continue to open with Rayudu going forward considering the pristine form that he has been in. They have demoted Sam Billings to the middle order and it might be a good thing for CSK.
This was the first time that Rayudu has scored a century in the IPL and also the first time that he crossed 500 runs in the tournament. He was awarded the man of the match award for his efforts and CSK coach Stephen Fleming heaped huge praise on his efforts.
In a statement, Fleming said “He is one of the key reasons we are sitting close to the top of the points table. He has not only dominated the run charts but the manner in which he has done so has been fantastic. You need one or two players at the top to fire if you want to win the IPL. Rayudu is doing that and some other guys like Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are chipping in strongly.”