Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned by 20 wins after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 29 of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
SRH v CSK | IPL 2020 Match 29 Highlights
It took Jonny Bairstow 168 runs to win. He was quick off the blocks and hit two fours in the second and third rounds. However, CSK struck twice in the fourth game. First Sam Curran had caught David Warner bowling, and then Dwayne Bravo’s field brilliance caught Manish Pandey just before his crease.
Kane Williamson announced his arrival in style, slamming a ball through the ceiling four times. He and Bairstow raised their side’s fifty in game eight without taking undue risks.
But Ravindra Jadeja ended the partnership in the tenth year after breaking Bairstow’s defense to give CSK the third wicket.
On Jadeja’s next round, Williamson creamed two fours – one over the bouncing extra cover and another more clinical – and landed closer to the limit rope to push SRH to 76/3 after 12 overs. Two overs later, Priyam Garg and Williamson met four each.
However, Garg was punctured in-depth on the 15th when Karn Sharma scalped his first wicket of the game. It took SRH 67 runs from the last five overs and was hoping Williamson and Vijay Shankar to bring them home.
Vijay Shankar and Williamson scored an 8 in the 16th game before the former player scored a six on the first ball of the 17th ahead of Bravo. But the all-rounder got out at the same moment as Jadeja completed the catch with the third man.
Meanwhile, Williamson hit his fifty when SRH moved to 122/5 after the end of the 17th. But Williamson was fired when Karn Sharma picked his second wicket.
Rashid Khan announced his arrival in the middle with a six and followed with a four thanks to a reverse sweep. Shahbaz Nadeem hit the final ball for four when SRH hit the 18th over 19.
SRH took 27 of the last two overs and Shardul Thakur, who bowled the penultimate over, only conceded five runs when CSK could see Rashid’s back after a hit wicket. Bravo ended the game and threw a one-off final to seal the win for CSK.
Previously, CSK had decided to change the order of the batting when Sam Curran went to bat with Faf du Plessis. The former South African skipper only faced a ball after completing the two overs and then stepped out on the first ball, which he faced in the third over after bringing one of Sandeep Sharma’s bowling to Jonny Bairstow.
Meanwhile, after a slow start, Curran followed Khaleel Ahmed in game four, hitting two sixes and as many fours. In the fifth round, however, Sandeep broke Curran’s defense and finished the left-handed’s 31-run innings with 21 balls.
Ambati Rayudu quickly got off the blocks and hit two foursome from the first five deliveries he faced. Shane Watson then played his pick-up shot down the side of the leg and hit a six when CSK went over fifty in the seventh.
Rayudu got a life in the next round after Bairstow failed to hold a catch in Shahbaz Nadeem’s second game. SRH had a chance to sack Watson in the eleventh game, but Rashid Khan failed to hold an extremely sharp chance.
Rayudu and Waston then hit a six in the next two overs, while Rayudu put on a four in the 13th as CSK raised their hundred. Rashid pocketed two sixes in his last game of the day when Rayudu and Watson scored over 14 on the 15th.
However, SRH managed to strike in quick succession to fire the two. While Khaleel had Rayudu long-off for 41, T got Natarajan Watson out for 42 on the 17th. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni hit two foursome to bring CSK close to 130.
The CSK skipper then hit a massive six in front of T Natarajan to push his side over 150 on the 19th but got off on the next delivery after scoring 21 balls out of 13. CSK scored 15 points on the last hit, Jadeja scored 25 undefeated hits on 10 deliveries, hit six and four, and scored 167/6 on the board.