CSK v SRH : Battle to The TOP

Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals plays a reverse sweep against Chennai Super Kings during their IPL 2018 match

In the match, Chennai Super Kings rode on opener Ambati Rayudu (100 not out) and Shane Watson (57) heroics to hammer Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets here on Sunday and maintain their second spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL). And Dhoni has relied nearly exclusively on the strength of his forearms to muscle 28 sixes in the tournament. IN PUNE After his brilliant knock against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on April 15, it looked like Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni's availability for their next few matches was doubtful. Just as the table toppers looked set for a big total, CSK bounced back by sending both the set batsmen back to the pavilion.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who struggled in the first half of the league, emerged with a match-winning figure of 3/18 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. That backof-the-length was a hard one to hit. They need to commit and execute. Trying to spell out exactly the main reason for CSK's reduction, " the former India captain claimed that "the bowlers down us" by not executing the exact length of which they had to jar. That was a par score or a par-plus score.

Shardul Thakur was the most successful bowler for CSK as he picked up two wickets for 32 runs in four overs, while Deepak Chahar conceded only 16 runs in his four overs and also picked up the important wicket of Hales.

Ambati Rayudu showed how it's done against the best bowling line-up in the tournament as he ran havoc at the MCA Stadium in Pune to demolish the star-studded Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack slamming his maiden IPL ton in 62 balls for Chennai Super Kings. So the present bowling form is also a weakness for the team.

Kane Williamson's Sunrisers come to this fixture with an fantastic form in recent times.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opening batsman returned to form with a stroke-filled 92 not out in a successful run chase against Delhi Daredevils, and will be an important member of the SRH side when they take on CSK.

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Overall, its Hyderabad's bowling unit led by the overseas spin twins - Afghan Rashid Khan and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan - who have been instrumental till now.

None of Sunrisers bowlers managed to put CSK batsmen under pressure.

The attack, which has successfully defended low totals, needs to erase the memories of the hammering it got against Delhi Daredevils and get back into the groove against the unsafe Super Kings batting line-up. He didn't stop from there and continued playing his shots fearlessly against the likes of Kaul, Bhuvneshwar and Rashid Khan.

Earlier, Suresh Raina (52 off 35 balls) and later skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 33 took the team to a respectable total of 176/4.

Earlier, a consistent duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson stitched second successive century-plus stand and struck consecutive fifties to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a competitive 179/4.

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