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Chennai vs Hyderabad - 46th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 13 May 2018

Chennai 180/2 (19 Ovs) RR: 9.47 | Chennai won by 8 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson runout runout 573553
Ambati Rayudu Not OutNot Out1006277
Suresh Raina c Williamson & b Sandeep Sharmac Williamson & b Sandeep Sharma2300
MS Dhoni Not OutNot Out201411
Sam Billings dnbdnb0000
Dwayne Bravo dnbdnb0000
Ravindra Jadeja dnbdnb0000
David Willey dnbdnb0000
Harbhajan Singh dnbdnb0000
Deepak Chahar dnbdnb0000
Shardul Thakur dnbdnb0000
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 1, nb 0)
Total 180 (2 Wkts, 19 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
134-1 (Shane Watson,13.3), 137-2 (Suresh Raina,14.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sandeep Sharma4 0 36 1 9.00
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4 0 38 0 9.50
Rashid Khan4 0 25 0 6.25
Shakib Al Hasan4 0 41 0 10.25
Siddarth Kaul3 0 40 0 13.33
Alex Hales0 0 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey0 0 0 0 0
Deepak Hooda0 0 0 0 0
Shreevats Goswami0 0 0 0 0


So that is the end of a good first game of the double-header. MUM and RAJ are waiting to entertain us at the Wankhede. Hop tabs to catch all the action. See you there!

Ambati Rayudu (Man of the Match): "It's a good position to bat (opening) in T20s. I am enjoying it right now. There's no secret. We are backing ourselves and communicating very well (about batting with Watson). He has been of great help to me. I was ready to open. If you are good at 4-day cricket, you can bat at any position. I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there."

MS Dhoni: "I thought the ball will swing more in the second half than what it did for us. The swing was not there, that was a surprise. We got off to a good start. Watson and Rayudu hit boundaries whenever there was an opportunity. Otherwisee 180 against HYD would have been a tough chase. Even before T20 League started I had to make space for Rayudu, because he is somebody I rate very highly. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. Most teams look to exploit the opener with spin bowling. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but almost clears the field every time he plays the big shot. My plan was to make Rayudu open and if Kedar was fit, he will bat at 4 or 5. We keep the number of overs remaining as the mark and we decide the No. 4 batsman based on that. Unfortunately we played one game in Chennai, but the response we got from Pune was very good. The fans watch the game despite the stadium being quite far."

HYD bowlers looked ineffective for once in the tournament. They had no answers to the assault from Rayudu and Watson. The ball wasn't swinging much, unlike the first half, they would say, but credit to the CHN openers for a grand show. The HYD bowlers were never allowed to settle. Rayudu in particular was audacious with the way he moved around at the crease and toyed with the bowlers. A good toss to win for CHN. The new ball bowlers got them off to a brilliant start, they leaked runs in the middle overs, but managed to keep the score under 180. Batting is their strength and they didn't disappointment. HYD may have lost, but they may be quietly happy with the fact that the bowlers came under the pump. They would want to cover all bases before the play-offs.

Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni, 1 run, the inside edge rolls to backward square leg and CHN have bagged two vital points. Manish Pandey congratulates Rayudu. Kane, Rashid, Hooda and a few others too join. A fantastic win for CHN

Hundreds against HYD:
128* R Pant, Delhi, 2018
104* C Gayle, Mohali, 2018
100* B McCullum, Chennai, 2015
100* A RAYUDU, Pune, 2018

-- Three of them this season (out of the four scored in T20 League 2018).

Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, 1 run, that's it! Maiden T20 League hundred. The crowd roars. What a knock from Ambati Rayudu. He takes the helmet off, raises the bat and enjoys the moment with a big smile. He has been exceptional this season. The teams applauds and Dhoni congratulates him too. Short of a length delivery on the leg stump, Rayudu moves across and works it towards square leg

The field is up on the off-side

Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and guides it to third man to get Rayudu back on strike
Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni, FOUR, oh he's hit this for four. CHN need 3 more to win and Rayudu needs one for a hundred. Length delivery down the leg-side, Dhoni swings it away behind square on the on-side
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, 1 run, in the airrr and it lands safely. Lucky that! On 99 now. Rayudu wanted to slog over mid-wicket, got a top edge that landed in front of third man
Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, short ball and Rayudu tries to guide it past the keeper, misses. He's just a hit away from a hundred

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [3.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack

S Kaul to Dhoni, SIX, he got away with a couple of full tosses earlier in the over, but Dhoni has had enough. Absolutely tonks it flat over the square leg boundary. Just 8 needed now.
S Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, backs away to go big, but slices this low full toss straight to sweeper cover
S Kaul to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss, gently driven to long-off
S Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, full toss, driven to long-off and he asks square leg umpire for a no-ball, that was well under the waist
S Kaul to Dhoni, 1 run, lovely yorker, a very good ball if you have forced Dhoni to jam his bat down to save his wicket, hit to long-off
S Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, full toss, Rayudu mistimes the slog to deep mid-wicket

Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

Rashid Khan to Dhoni, no run, very full, driven to extra-cover and that's Rashid Khan kept out with no wickets - 4-0-25-0
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, shortish delivery from Rashid Khan, Rayudu pulls it to long-on
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, gently driven to long-off
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Rayudu drives it to long-off
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and runs it to backward point, they sneak a quick single
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, no run, guided to backward point

Rashid Khan [3.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

Shakib to Rayudu, FOUR, use of the feet again, Rayudu is just rubbing it into Shakib, who has had a catch being put down. Goes straight down the ground and over the umpire's head. Into the 90s now
Shakib to Rayudu, SIX, he's back to taking the aggressive route again. Advances, takes it on the full and muscles it over the man at long-off
Shakib to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long-off

Highest scores for Rayudu in T20 League:
83*v HYD, Pune, 2018
82 v BLR, Bengaluru, 2018
81*v BLR, Bengaluru, 2012
79 v HYD, Hyderabad, 2018
68 v HYD, Hyderabad, 2014

Shakib to Rayudu, 1 run, that's well bowled and equally well played by Rayudu. Shakib fired this way outside off stump on seeing Rayudu advance, the batsman had to really reach out to meet the ball and tapped it to extra-cover
Shakib to Dhoni, 1 run, I can't believe my eyes. Manish Pandey has dropped a sitter by his standards. It's MS Dhoni too! Pandey is one of HYD's finest fielders. Flighted delivery on the stumps, Dhoni steps out and mistimes the loft, hit flat to long-on, Pandey was close to the rope, took it too casually and it popped out
Shakib to Rayudu, 1 run, flatter and on the leg stump, Rayudu flicks it to long-on

Time-out time. Just 37 needed from 30 now. HYD need a couple of miracle overs. Sensible batting should see CHN home

Sandeep Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, bunted down to long-on
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball on the leg stump, Dhoni glances it to fine leg
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, wide, that's the bouncer too high, Dhoni lets it pass
Sandeep Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, driven to long-on
Sandeep Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish delivery outside off stump, Dhoni guides it to deep point
Sandeep Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, short of length delivery on the stumps, Rayudu drives it to long-on

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Sandeep Sharma to Raina, out Caught by Williamson!! Now then, is there a change in the tale? HYD are masters at staging comebacks from nowhere. Don't write them off yet. Short of a length delivery it was from Sandeep Sharma, Raina wanted to play across the line, but he ended up slicing it towards mid-off, hit high on the bat, Kane ran to his left from extra-cover and put in the dive to complete the catch. Raina c Williamson b Sandeep Sharma 2(3)

Sandeep Sharma to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!


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