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IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH Highlights: Ambati Rayudu century takes CSK closer to playoffs in 8-wicket win

IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH Highlights: In contest of chasers vs defenders, Chennai Super Kings came out on top to chase down 180 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

By: Sports Desk | Pune |
Updated: May 13, 2018 7:50:55 pm
IPL 2018 Live, CSK vs SRH IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH: Table-toppers SRH went down to CSK. (Source: BCCI)

IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH Highlights: Put in to chase 180 runs, CSK proved their ‘best chasers’ tag right with a convincing 8-wicket win over the ‘best defenders’ Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson provided a thumping start by stitching a 134 run stand for the opening wicket. Quick wickets of Watson and Raina created a hiccup but MS Dhoni joined in and got CSK over the winning line. Earlier, SRH scored 179 in a total that was lower than what they would have hoped for. Dhawan continued his return to form with a smashing 79 run knock. Williamson scored 51 at the other end and SRH looked set for a big total. But they both went back off consecutive deliveries and the SRH batsmen couldn’t get going for a late surge. Bravo once again the crucial factor in that stoppage. Dhoni had won the toss and chose to field first. In last 8 games out of 11 in this stadium, the team batting second had gone on to win. (IPL 2018 Home | IPL 2018 Points Table | CSK vs SRH Full Scorecard)

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IPL 2018 CSK vs SRH: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League from Pune

19:47 (IST)13 May 2018
Man of the Match

Not so surprisingly, Ambati Rayudu wins the Man of the Match Award. 

19:31 (IST)13 May 2018

Next ball, Dhoni plays the ball away for a single and Chennai Super Kings win by 8 wickets! What a convincing win for CSK. In the battle between the chasers and defenders, it is the chasers who come out on top. Ambati Rayudu remains unbeaten on 100 and Dhoni on 20. CSK move closer to the playoff spot

19:29 (IST)13 May 2018

HUNDRED FOR AMBATI RAYUDU! His fantastic run in the IPL continues. Runs it down towards the leg-side and reaches his hundred from 62 balls. Becomes seventh CSK player to score a century, first this season for him. 

19:27 (IST)13 May 2018

MS Dhoni with a boundary flat on a short delivery and it races away for a boundary. Next ball, Dhoni runs it down for a boundary and Rayudu is on strike on 99

19:26 (IST)13 May 2018
Moment of relief for Rayudu

Rayudu goes for a big heave to Bhuvi, it takes the outside edge and lands safely. Wanted to slog it over mid-wicket but gets the outside edge which falls short of the player at third man

19:19 (IST)13 May 2018
Rayudu up to 96

Ambati Rayudu once again with a sensational knock

19:17 (IST)13 May 2018

Rayudu unphased by it all continues unabated. Aggressive hitting and adds a six and a four to his total. Approaching the hundred run mark now. 

19:15 (IST)13 May 2018

DROPPED! MS Dhoni has been dropped! Manish Pandey has dropped an absolute sitter at long-on. Not easy to pick that up but it came to him with some ease. Flighted delivery by Shakib on the stumps, Dhoni comes down the track and mistimes is loft. The flat hit towards long-on is set to be taken by Pandey on the rope but he probably took it too casually and it pops out of his hands. UH OH!

19:06 (IST)13 May 2018
Suresh Raina gone!

Suresh Raina departs for just 2 runs from 3 balls. Is this the twist in the tale that SRH needed? Suresh Raina fails to make much of an impact. Short ball by Sandeep Sharma, Raina looked to play across the line and ends up slicing it towards mid-off and Kane ran to his left from extra-cover to put in a dive and complete the catch. EQUATION: 43 runs needed from 35 balls 

19:02 (IST)13 May 2018
Shane Watson gone!

Shane Watson departs after scoring 57 runs from 35 balls. Watson didn't look comfortable as he made his way back to cover the ground. Looked like he was carrying a niggle there. Rayudu pushed this delivery towards extra-cover and went for the quick run. Watson didn't make quick ground and Williamson is on target with his throw. Keeper does the rest. Fantastic 134 run stand comes to an end

18:59 (IST)13 May 2018

Ambati Rayudu now goes after Shakib. Flighted delivery from Shakib, Rayudu comes out of his crease and gets closer to the pitch of the ball and dispatches it into the crowd!

18:58 (IST)13 May 2018

Runs continue to flow from these two's bat. Lots of confidence and it is being made the most of. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is thrashed for a six and a four by Rayudu. How comfortable. How classy. How effortless. 

18:52 (IST)13 May 2018

After Shane Watson, now Ambati Rayudu brings up his fifty. This is the biggest opening partnership against the SRH this season. Up to 113 runs now in the 12th over

18:32 (IST)13 May 2018

End of powerplay overs? No problem says Ambati Rayudu. Smacks Siddharth Kaul all around the park for 16 runs. The six just about clearing Alex Hales at long-on. Hit with lesser purpose and it was the first wicket. But, for now, he keeps going and can afford to have a chuckle about it. Adds a convincing boundary to remove any doubts over his ability. 

18:26 (IST)13 May 2018
End of powerplay overs

At the end of the Powerplay overs, CSK are 53/0 with Rayudu on 19 and Watson 34. 

18:16 (IST)13 May 2018

BANG BANG! Double six for Watson. Short by Sandeep and Watson stays in his crease, allows the ball to come to him and pulls with brute force to send it over mid-wicket

18:14 (IST)13 May 2018

Watson adds another six to his list. Poor delivery from Sandeep and Watson says Thank you very much! Knuckle ball, getting the line wrong and Watson directs it towards fine leg for a six! 

18:11 (IST)13 May 2018

First six in the chase and who else but Watson to get things underway in the maximums account. Bhuvi goes short and Watson thumps it over long-on. Went back and flat-batted it with utmost disdain! Picked the length early and was quick into the shot. Only one outcome. 

18:08 (IST)13 May 2018
Watson, Rayudu open

Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu open for Chennai Super Kings. Sandeep Sharma with the opening over. And seven runs come from it including a boundary from Watson's bat. 

17:57 (IST)13 May 2018
Mid-innings chat

DJ Bravo: (About Williamson's catch) Some fresh legs and I needed that in this game. IPL is tough as we have to travel a lot and play lot of games. (At the start) Our bowlers bowled very well today. Both Shikhar and Williamson played well but we pulled it back in the end. At a crucial time we got their wickets. Most of the times I come around 12-13 overs so I go for runs. I am wicket taking bowler that's why my economy is very high. The size of the grounds, so many great players, it's a challenge to bowl and I enjoy it. Going to be a good chase for us.

IPL 2018 Live Score, CSK vs SRH IPL 2018 Live Score, CSK vs SRH: Sunrisers Hyderabad are on top of the table. (Source: IPL)

Sunrisers Hyderabad are on the top of the things at the moment. The side have not lost a single match in their last 6 games, and the captaincy of Kane Williamson is now being compared to MS Dhoni, himself. They are only team that have ensured a Playoff spot for themselves so far, and are currently placed at top of the table. Now, on the back of a massive 9-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils, SRH will be confident to take on CSK in the away fixture. The only factor that can affect the confidence of SRH, is the fact that they lost their last game against the same opposition. Facing against CSK at home, Hyderabad suffered a loss by 4 runs on April 22. The earlier defeat can play a mental block of sorts in the minds of SRH player, but Williamson wil hope that they can get past that and continue the impressive winning run.

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