IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH: Rayudu hundred scripts massive CSK win

Grant Boone
May 14, 2018

Earlier in the day, second-placed CSK beat table-toppers SRH but the result didn't affect the positions of either team. The duo stitched together 123-run partnership for the second wicket off only 75 balls.

Shane Watson (52 runs) and Ambati Rayudu (62) have powered the hosts past 100 with their respective fifties. In their last encounter, chasing a massive total of 188 runs.

CSK have lost the fewest wickets (54) while SRH have taken the second most number of wickets (73) after MI (80). "In addition you will need to adjust to that which length to bowl and how to bowl", additional the CSK skipper. He has declared that if he lands the ball where he wants then no batsman can go after him.

After Over 15: SRH 130 runs with the loss of 1 wicket. Change of pace deceives the batsman, who find Harbhajan at short fine leg. It's a strategic time-out and SRH will like to resume the proceedings, with all guns blazing.

Opener Ambati Raydu smashed his maiden century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Chennai Super Kings coasted to an easy eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to virtually seal a play-offs berth here today. "The wicket played well and I just tried to capitalize on that".

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Back from a five-day break, Chennai, meanwhile, ran into the resolve of Rajasthan Royals and Jos Buttler, who single-handedly chased down the 175-run target.

Deepak Chahar, who returned to the CSK side, gave home team the best possible start as he dismissed opener Alex Hales (2) in the fourth over. For SRH, Yusuf Pathan has made a way for Deepak Hooda.

In the end, Buttler received Rajasthan within the lineup with a chunk to spare to continue to keep his aspect at IPL 2018 playoff contention.

After Rayudu hit 82 off 53 balls and helped CSK mow down 206 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium last month, coach Stephen Fleming said: "The power game he [Rayudu] has got has gone unnoticed, but we certainly value it in the performances he has put in this season". CSK, in this case, will have to tighten the bowling.

Hyderabad opted for the stable leadership of Kane Williamson while Chennai filled their line-up with veterans like Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina, with a 36-yer-old MS Dhoni calling the shots. Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, had a different script in his mind and he seemed determined to write it. Batting fearlessly, Dhawan charged on the CSK bowling attack and accompanied by the skipper Kane Williamson on the other side.

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