Rayudu falls after a mix-up with Raina but there wasn't a run there. Despite reaching a creditable 182 after being 54/2 in 10 overs, CSK had their heart in the mouth till the very end as Kane Williamson almost snatched the victory from their grip.
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SRH had a fabulous run in its first 3 games- winning the tosses, dismissing the opposition and then going out to chase the scores. Hence in today's match, it is predicted that SRH will win against CSK as it is their home match. Watson kept on scoring at one end but they struggled in the middle overs after the cheap fall of Dhoni and Billings. Also the bowlers of the team are giving full support to the team by taking wickets on a timely basis.
Wobbling at 22 for three barely a fourth of the way, Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson waged a near lone battle (84, 51b, 5x4, 5x6) that brought his side within striking distance.
Suresh Raina recovered well from the calf injury that forced him to miss the previous game, hitting 46 off 29 balls.
For Royals to have any sort of a chance, they needed a bright start but CSK bowlers ensured that there weren't any easy runs on offer.
They had lost the in-form Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis, playing his first game of the season.
After the departure of CSK's opening duo, star all-rounder Suresh Raina along with Ambati Rayudu took the charge of Chennai's innings and put up the 112-run partnership for the third wicket. Bravo played a cameo of 24*(16) to help CSK post 204/5 at the end of their 20 overs. SRH fumbled in the death overs as they conceded 128 runs in the last 10 overs. Williamson has Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mehdi Hassan.
Rayudu's last 48 runs came off just 16 balls and he smashed nine fours and four sixes before getting run out in a mix-up with Raina in the 17th over. His advice during the huddles when Kane (Williamson) and Yusuf (Pathan) were batting well was just not to bowl to their strengths; to stick to a good line and length.
Shreyas Gopal was the most successful bowler as took 4-0-20-3 and Laughlin was the other wicket taker (2/38).
The visiting team then stopped the hosts at 178 for six, with medium pacer Deepak Chahar doing the bulk of damage.