Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field first. A decision they came to regret pretty soon. Squads: CSK XI: M Hussey, M Vijay, S Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, C Morris, R Ashwin, J Holder, M Sharma SRH XI: P Patel, S Dhawan, K Sangakkara, H Vihari, T Perera, D Sammy, AA Reddy, K Sharma, A Mishra, D Steyn, I Sharma.
Chennai were still smarting from the humiliating defeat against Mumbai Indians. And when Dale Steyn started the innings with a maiden, it seemed like the bad run might continue. But Chennai’s openers were unruffled. Murali Vijay kicked things off by slamming three successive sixes off Ishant Sharma and after that Chennai didn’t look back. Raina, who score a brilliant 99 off 52 balls, and Hussey, who contributed with 67 off 42 balls, ensured that the Sunrisers were simply batted out of the game. The duo put on 133 runs in just 12 overs. They also ensured that Ishant Sharma, with figures of 4-0-66-0, now has the dubious distinction of being the owner of the worst bowling spell in IPL history. And amidst all this madness, Steyn returned with figures of 4-1-17-1.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 146/8 (20 overs)
If Hyderabad were to put up a fight in this game then they needed Shikhar Dhawan to fire but that just didn’t happen. They lost the left-hander early and despite Parthiv Patel hitting a few big shots, they were never in with a chance. Chennai’s bowling has too much quality and they kept picking up wicket after wicket. They were reduced to 5-64 and from then on, it was a done deal for CSK. They won by 77 runs and also handed Sunrisers their first home defeat of the season.
Result: CSK won by 77 runs. Turning point: Electing to bowl first. Given how deep Chennai bat, it’s always a better idea to bat first and put the runs on the board. Instead, Sunrisers decided to trust their bowling might and that didn’t work out too well. Points: CSK, in first place, 20 points after 13 matches, SH, in fifth position, 14 points after 12 matches.