Indian Premier League, 2020

Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 14

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 02 October 2020

Chennai Super Kings 157/5

RR: 7.85 | Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Faf du Plessis run out run out 221940
Shane Watson bowled Bhuvneshwar Kumarbowled Bhuvneshwar Kumar1600
Ambati Rayudu bowled T Natarajanbowled T Natarajan8910
Kedar Jadhav c David Warner (C) & b Abdul Samadc David Warner (C) & b Abdul Samad31000
MS Dhoni not out not out 473641
Ravindra Jadeja c Abdul Samad & b T Natarajanc Abdul Samad & b T Natarajan503552
Sam Curran not out not out 15502
Dwayne Bravo
Shardul Thakur
Piyush Chawla
Deepak Chahar
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 3, w 8, nb 0)
Total 157 (5 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
4-1 (Shane Watson,2.3), 26-2 (Ambati Rayudu,5.1), 36-3 (Faf du Plessis,6), 42-4 (Kedar Jadhav,8.2), 114-5 (Ravindra Jadeja,17.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3.1 0 20 1 6.45
Khaleel Ahmed3.5 0 34 0 9.71
T Natarajan4 0 43 2 10.75
Abhishek Sharma1 0 4 0 4.00
Rashid Khan4 0 12 0 3.00
Abdul Samad4 0 41 1 10.25
David Warner 0 0 0 0 0
Jonny Bairstow 0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson0 0 0 0 0
Priyam Garg0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this game! Hyderabad outclass Chennai in this game! They have won back-to-back games now and they will look to continue the momentum gained going forward. Chennai, on the other hand, need to do something about their batting. They have struggled in their last three games and have to improve considerably. On Saturday, we have our first double-header day of this edition of the Indian T20 League. The first match is between Rajasthan and Bangalore, which will be followed by the clash between Delhi and Kolkata. All the action starts at 1400 local (1000 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care. 

For his brilliant 51 off just 26 balls, Priyam Garg is named the Man of the Match! Garg says he felt very nice as this is a great stage for him as there are a lot of seniors here. Garg tells he was looking to play his natural game and thanks the team management for backing him and allowing him to play his natural game. Tells he was just looking to play his shots and they bowled there luckily. Says he has been playing with Abhishek since childhood. Tells an innings like this always increases the self-confidence.

Hyderabad skipper, David Warner says that he backed Samad and admits he did not have any other option. Tells he bowled Khaleel because he wanted to kill the game in the penultimate over. Tells if you bowl stump to stump here then it is hard and was happy to see some swing today. Warner tells he is proud of the youngsters and tells that they went out there,  assessed the conditions and tells the way they played was outstanding. Jokes that he did not know Muralitharan was here and tells the guys train with all the deliveries and they try to execute it out in the middle.

Hyderabad's Afghanistan superstar, Rashid Khan is now caught down for a quick chat. Rashid says that it is good to be back in form and bowl in the right areas. Tells the fuller you bowl here, it becomes easier for the batter to hit you for sixes. Tells he does not focus on his wickets but looks to bowl tight and he is quite happy with his figures. Rashid thinks they do not go after him and tells he is looking to reduce the loose deliveries. Credits Garg and Abhishek Sharma for their efforts and says they have been practising a lot in the nets. Tells Samad is capable of doing a proper all-rounder job as he can hit the long balls and bowl as well. Tells Samad is a calm guy and he is always cool which Rashid likes about him. Tells he was smiling when he was asked to bowl the final over.

Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni admits he was unable to middle the deliveries and feels he was hitting too hard. Tells he is fine and says it is very hot and his throat got dry. Admits they need to get a lot of things right and take catches and not bowl No Balls. Feels they are making the same mistakes. Tells nobody wants to drop catches but after a while, they have to draw the line and catches like these can hamper the side. Feels there are plenty of positives in this game and he says they will come back stronger. 

Earlier in the day, Priyam Garg's quickfire half-century and some good contributions from Abhishek Sharma and David Warner helped Hyderabad post a good score of 164 on the board. At one stage, they did not look like they will score above 150 but Garg flayed the ball all over the park and helped his side post a daunting score on the board.  Chennai bowlers were brilliant up until the 14th over and that's when they lost the plot as they conceded plenty of runs and were messy in the field as well. Then they needed a good start from their top order but it was not to be and it left a lot for the lower order to do and they ended up on the losing side yet again. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!!!

Hyderabad's bowling was top notch! They were not in the mood to give easy runs away and they did just that. They kept a tight hold on the run-scoring and even picked up wickets at regular intervals. The biggest concern for them would be the injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he went off in the 19th over and Hyderabad would hope that he is fit and fine to go in the future games. All the bowlers bowled really well  with Natarajan picking up 2 wickets. He was expensive but his wickets went a long way in helping Hyderabad achieving a victory. Rashid Khan was the most economical bowler for them as he gave away just 12 in four overs but went wicketless. Overall, it was a good performance from Hyderabad in the bowling department. 

Chennai did not get off a good start at all as they lost Watson very early on in the innings while Rayudu and the man-in-form, Faf du Plessis could not last long as well.  Chennai struggled throughout the innings and they did not show intent until the last 5 overs. Jadeja and Dhoni started off too slow but they pressed on the accelerator a little too late. Jadeja's fifty and Dhoni and Curran's blows, in the end, were not enough to get Chennai over the line. Their batting has been a real struggle in this tournament and they need to come back stronger in the next few games. 

Another day! Another tight match we have had in the Indian T20 League! In the end, it is Hyderabad who takes the honours. There were some nerves in the end for them but they prevailed and have beaten Chennai. Back-to-back wins for Hyderabad while Chennai lose their third game of the tournament. 

Abdul Samad to Sam Curran, SIX! Curran finishes it in style but it is not enough! Tossed up on middle, Curran comes down the track and hits it straight over Abdul Samad's head for a biggie. Does not matter though! HYDERABAD WIN BY 7 RUNS!
Abdul Samad to MS Dhoni, Flighted on off, Dhoni comes down but hits it to wide long on for one. Samad, you new superstar for Hyderabad. Brilliant final over from the young Abdul Samad.
Abdul Samad to Sam Curran, Superb! Take a bow Abdul Samad! Floated full on off and middle. Curran comes down the track and hits it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Now two legal deliveries will do for Hyderabad. 
Abdul Samad to MS Dhoni, Short and quick around off, Dhoni pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets just a single. 16 off 3 needed now.  Sam Curran over to you. 
Abdul Samad to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Good ball but Dhoni has hit it like a bullet! Tossed up very full on off, Dhoni comes down a bit and hits it straight and hard past Samad for a boundary. 17 needed now off 4 balls.
Abdul Samad to MS Dhoni, Flatter on off, Dhoni comes down the track and hits it to long on and gets two as Manish Pandey misfields there. 21 off 5 needed now.
Abdul Samad to MS Dhoni, FIVE WIDES! Way down the leg side, Dhoni comes down the track but misses. Bairstow behind the stumps misses it and the ball goes between his legs and the ball goes to the fence. 23 needed off 6 balls now. 

A huge opportunity for a youngster to become a star. If Samad or Abhishek can defend 28 off the final over then they will become a superstar. It will be the leg spin of Abdul Samad who will bowl the final over. A huge call from Warner. A few years ago Axar bowled the final over against Dhoni and was taken to the cleaners. 

Khaleel Ahmed to MS Dhoni, Fullish around off, Dhoni cannot get under it and hits it to long on for one.
Khaleel Ahmed to MS Dhoni, SIX! Just what Chennai needed! Poor from Khaleel. He bowls a length ball on off and middle, Dhoni pulls it flat over mid-wicket for a biggie. 29 off 7!

Dhoni is having some trouble now and looks like he too is having some muscular issue. The physio is out now to have a check on him. 

Khaleel Ahmed to MS Dhoni, Back of a length on middle, Dhoni looks to pull but mistimes it over square leg and gets another two. 35 needed off 8.
Khaleel Ahmed to MS Dhoni, Fuller on middle, Dhoni chips it over the bowler's head and gets a couple. 
Khaleel Ahmed to MS Dhoni, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Poor from Samad. Back of a length on middle, Dhoni pulls it to the left of deep mid-wicket. Samad gets there but the ball goes between his legs and to the fence.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has once again pulled out of his run up and he has just signalled that he cannot bowl. So it will have to be someone else who will have to finish this over. Well Warner has decided it will be Khaleel Ahmed who will bowl the remainder of the balls. Meaning one of the spinners will have to bowl the final over.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has pulled out of his run up and walking gingerly. He is stretching now. Looks like a muscular issue and seems like he is done now. Not something Hyderabad would have wanted. Not something any cricket fan wants to see. 5 balls of this over remaining and if Bhuvneshwar cannot bowl it will have to be one of Abdul Samad or Abhishek Sharma.  Well Bhuvneshwar Kumar has his thigh strapped up and looks like he will continue to bowl. This is a risky move as this can worsen the injury for him and if it gets worse Hyderabad might not have him for the remainder of the tournament. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Sam Curran, Very low full toss on middle and off. Sam cannot do much but just play it to long on for one. Over to you, MS!
T Natarajan to Sam Curran, Low full toss on middle, Curran flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets just a single. 19 off the over. Still below the required run rate. 44 needed off 12 balls now. 
T Natarajan to Sam Curran, SIX! Sam Curran has hit one of the biggest sixes off the first ball he has faced. Bouncer on middle, Curran pulls it way over backward square leg for a biggie. 

Sam Curran joins his skipper out in the middle. 

T Natarajan to Ravindra Jadeja, OUT! CAUGHT! Fifty and out for Jadeja! This is what the pressure of the required runs going up does. Short ball on middle, Jadeja pulls it but straight to Abdul Samad at deep square leg. He does not have to move an inch and the youngster takes a simple catch. Dhoni is still out there and the batters have crossed as that catch has been taken. No, they have not crossed.
T Natarajan to Ravindra Jadeja, SIX! Chennai needed biggies and Jadeja has got one. FIFTY FOR JADEJA! Natarajan attempts a yorker but bowls a full toss on the pads, Jadeja flicks it over square leg and gets to his fifty in style.
T Natarajan to Ravindra Jadeja, Yorker on middle, Jadeja flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 
T Natarajan to Ravindra Jadeja, DROPPED AND FOUR! The fielding has been good so far but not on this occasion! What's worse is that it goes for a boundary! Good length ball on off, Jadeja miscues it towards long off. Pandey moves backwards but fails to hold on and the ball goes to the fence.

Who will it be now? Khaleel or Natarajan? 63 needed off 18 balls. It is Natarajan who will bowl now. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, Length ball around off, Jadeja plays it to the right of point. Abhishek Sharma dives and takes the pace off the ball. Just a single. So good comeback from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So after going for 12 in his first 3 balls, he has gone for just 3 off the last 3. 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, Play and a miss! Bhuvi and Hyderabad needed this! Good length ball outside off, Jadeja looks to cut but misses. There is a stifled appeal and there was some noise but nothing from the umpire. 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, On the pads, Jadeja flicks it towards mid-wicket. Dhoni and Jadeja are both quick so they get two with ease.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries! Perfect for Chennai. Yorker but on the pads, Jadeja flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Bad ball and Jadeja gets another boundary. Good start to the over for Chennai. Short on the body, Jadeja pulls it over short fine leg for a boundary. 50-run stand comes up between the two. 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja, EDGED AND FOUR! Lucky but Chennai need everything that comes their way. Back of a length on middle and off, Jadeja looks to pull but gets an inside edge which goes to the left and away from Bairstow.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.

Rashid Khan to MS Dhoni, Dot to finish the over. A good one and though wicketless it was a good day at the office for Rashid. Just 8 off his final over. Floated on off, Dhoni taps it back to Rashid. 
Rashid Khan to MS Dhoni, Flighted on off, Dhoni pushes it to cover. 
Rashid Khan to MS Dhoni, FOUR! This time Dhoni waits for the ball to come to him and then pulls it away from the fielder towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
Rashid Khan to MS Dhoni, Good work in the deep by Natrajan. Short on middle, Dhoni pulls it to the left of fine leg. Natarajan runs and dives to save it before the ropes and save two for his side. 
Rashid Khan to Ravindra Jadeja, NOT OUT! Hyderabad have lost their review. The ball has pitched outside leg and Jadeja survives. Floated on the pads, Jadeja looks to flick but misses. The ball hits his pads and goes to the off side. They take a leg bye. Hyderabad players appeal but the umpire turns it down. Warner decides to take the review and replay shows that the ball pitched outside leg.

Warner has taken a gamble here and taken a review for LBW against Jadeja.  To the naked eye, it looked to be missing leg. Let's see what the replays have to say.

Rashid Khan to MS Dhoni, Floated on off, Dhoni looks to hit across but gets an inside edge which takes the ball behind square leg for one.

86 needed off 30 balls now. Chennnai need to throw caution out of the window now and go bang bang. Rashid Khan to bowl out now.

Abdul Samad to MS Dhoni, Just short! Flatter and outside off, Dhoni moves inside his crease and then looks to cut but gets a top edge. It lobs towards short third man where the fielder comes running ahead and dives forward but it falls short. A single taken. 86 required from the final 5 overs. 

Match number 14 of the Indian T20 League, 2020 sees two teams which are lying at the bottom half of the table face each other. Yes, it is Hyderabad and Chennai that we are talking about. While Hyderabad lost their first 2 games and then roared back to form with a victory over Delhi, Chennai started well but were defeated in their last 2 matches. Chennai's batting was again put to the test against Delhi as they showed no intent in chasing down a total above 170 and there is a lot for them to think about. They are awaiting on the fitness of Ambati Rayudu and will sincerely hope that he returns sooner than later. The bowling has not done that bad but are missing Dwayne Bravo at the death. There is no clarity as to when he will be fit enough to play. They are a strong team and they would want to get back to their best against a team they love playing against. Hyderabad, on the other hand, got their campaign running finally with a win against Delhi. They batted decently with Williamson's addition being the biggest positive for them and just when it was needed, their bowling came to the party with Rashid Khan leading the charge. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan also played crucial supporting roles with the ball. Will Chennai get back to winning ways or will Hyderabad continue their winning momentum? It will be interesting to see.

Chennai Super Kings Team Squad -Ambati Rayudu,Faf du Plessis,Murali Vijay,Ruturaj Gaikwad,Shane Watson,Dwayne Bravo,Kedar Jadhav,Mitchell Santner,Ravindra Jadeja,Sam Curran,MS Dhoni,Narayan Jagadeesan,Deepak Chahar,Imran Tahir,Josh Hazlewood,Karn Sharma,KM Asif,Lungi Ngidi,Monu Kumar,Piyush Chawla,Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore,Shardul Thakur

Sunrisers Hyderabad Team Squad -Abdul Samad,Abhishek Sharma,Bavanaka Sandeep,David Warner,Kane Williamson,Manish Pandey,Priyam Garg,Virat Singh,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Mohammad Nabi,Sanjay Yadav,Vijay Shankar,Jonny Bairstow,Shreevats Goswami,Wriddhiman Saha,Basil Thampi,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Billy Stanlake,Khaleel Ahmed,Rashid Khan,Sandeep Sharma,Shahbaz Nadeem,Siddarth Kaul,T Natarajan