The Sunday matches had decisive outcomes for the playoff stretch of this IPL season. Chennai Super Kings became one among the top four teams by the end of the league phase. Sunrisers Hyderabad took over the pitch with an aggressive start, but the wicket of Alex Hales before the powerplay wobbled the momentum. The second wicket partnership between Williamson and Dhawan bolstered the score, the strikers steered the inning with hefty boundaries. The duo played together to the 16th over, hauling the score to 141. Dhawan scored 79 off 49 balls until he lost it to Darren Bravo. In the following over, Kane Williamson followed in a row. The latter scored 51 off 39 balls.
The flurry of boundaries started for Sunrisers Hyderabad after a slow powerplay. Deepak Chahar used his swing deliveries to slog the score rate. In the powerplay overs the Hyderabad could only score 29 runs for loss of 1 wicket. It is the second lowest powerplay stretch of this IPL season. The actual momentum caught up after the 10th over, when both Williamson and Dhawan started smashing the boundaries. Finally, Super Kings got rid of the strikers handing down the inning to Deepak Hooda by the final overs. The middle order batsman played 11 balls to add 21 runs. However, the score rate fell, brining only 38 runs in the last four overs. The team set 180 as the target for Super Kings.
So far, Hyderabad has been successful to defend lower targets than they set in the recent match. This was the highest total of the season by the team, and they could not defend it. It was the excellent strike of Ambati Rayadu that incurred the hefty spell to thumb them down. The opening partnership between Rayadu and Shane Watson went up for 13.3 overs. It was more than half the work done when Watson came back knocking 57 runs off 35 balls. Ambati Rayadu played for an impressive 100, his maiden ton in IPL. He plundered 7 four and 7 sixes to score the ton in 62 balls. The batsmen remained not out, playing the final stretch with MS Dhoni, who scored 20 off 14 to win the match before an over.
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