Indian Premier League, 2021
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Date & Time: 28 April 2021
RR: 9.35 | Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets
That is it from this game! Chennai have romped their way to the top of the table. Hyderabad's struggle continues as they stay foot at the bottom of the table and succumb to another loss. The action in the league continues and it is a doubleheader Thursday on 29th April 2021. First up, defending champions, Mumbai take on Rajasthan. That game begins at 1530 local (1000 GMT). While Delhi take on Kolkata in the second game of the day which begins at 1930 local (1400 GMT). Make sure you join us for those games. Till then, goodbye and take care!
That is it from this game! Chennai have romped their way to the top of the table. Hyderabad's struggle continues as they stay foot at the table and succumb to another loss. The action in the league continues and it is a doubleheader Thursday 29th April 2021. First up, defending champions, Mumbai take on Rajasthan. That game begins at 1530 local (1000 GMT). While Delhi take on Kolkata in the second game of the day which begins at 1930 local (1400 GMT). Make sure you join us for those games. Till then, goodbye and take care!
Ruturaj Gaikwad is the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that it means a lot but he is disappointed that he couldn't finish it off. Adds that the wicket was a bit two-paced. Tells that he planned which bowlers to target and that he cashed in on it. Tells that he wants to perform for his team in each and every match.
Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni says that the batting performance was superb and it was a good wicket and it was coming on nicely but says that does not mean bowling was poor. Adds that there was no dew and 170 was below par. Goes onto say that the opening partnership was brilliant. States that addressing the issues is crucial and identifying them earlier gives security to the teammates. Goes onto say that the change of venue and the quarantine period was longer in the last season. Adds that the players have taken more responsibility this season. Goes onto say that they have not changed a lot of players in the last few years and they appreciate the players who are not playing and the only way they can put it forward is having interactions with them and they try to give them a frame of mind where they know they will play a game.
Hyderabad skipper, David Warner, takes responsibility as he says he batted slow and takes full responsibility for the batting. Credits Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson for the way they batted. Warner says he hit 15 good shots to the fielders and says those are the things that make or break an innings. Warner admits he took too many balls. Warner says they still got to 170 and were unable to take wickets and it was tough to pull it back on such a good surface. Credits Chennai openers for the way they batted and they knew once they set in it was going to be difficult. Warner says Williamson was going to bat at 4 as that is his job in this side. Warner says it is about being positive. Warner says they need to hit gaps from batting perspective. Tells they are a bunch of fighters. Admits they will be hurt but says they will come back stronger.
Faf du Plessis says that being the highest scorer so far feels good but adds winning is important. Tells his partnership with Ruturaj is going well and tells that makes their side's batting more fearful. Faf says he is just looking to do the basics right and says he looked at things he did well last season and improve on the things that did not fall in place. Faf says it was a good wicket and he thought 170 was a touch shorter and tells 190 would have been a good score for them. Tells that it slowed down a bit as the ball got older but says it was a very good wicket to bat. Faf says they have a nice balance. Tells there are 3-4 changes that they can make now. Tells that they have more depth in the squad. Faf jokes he is disappointed as Jadeja is picking all the catches and he is the Superman at the moment. And he is happy to have got a few chances to catch tonight.
Earlier in the evening, Warner and Pandey struggled against a motivated Chennai bowling lineup. The bowlers bowled tight lines and did not give many free runs. But a late blitz by Williamson and Jadhav got them to a respectable total. In the end, the total was not adequate enough for this pitch.
Hyderabad came on to bowl when the pitch had eased out a bit. They needed early wickets but that did not happen. Sandeep Sharma bowled well at the start but didn't pick up the early wickets. Khaleel, Suchith and Kaul were quite expensive. Rashid took 3 big wickets but the damage had already done by the Chennai batters. The target wasn't the biggest and they had a tough time defending it.
Chennai had a dream start as Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad stitched up a century stand in no time. They both were looking to finish the game but Gaikwad fell to Rashid. Moeen Ali came out and played a few big strokes but soon perished to Rashid and du Plessis joined him back in the hut on the very next ball. But in the end, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja stitched up a 25 run stand to get them over the line. They win this match by 7 wickets.
End of what has been a thumping win for Chennai. They win their 5th match in a row and with this, they move to the top of the table. On the other hand, Hyderabad are in deep trouble now.
Change. Sandeep Sharma (3-0-18-0) to bowl the penultimate over.
Change. Khaleel Ahmed to bowl his final over. He went for 28 in his first three.
Siddarth Kaul is back in the attack.
Back-to-back wickets and it sees Suresh Raina walk out to bat! Also, Siddarth Kaul is back in the attack.
Review time! Faf du Plessis has been adjudged LBW but he has taken it upstairs.
Who will walk out to bat to put the finishing touches in this game? It will be Ravindra Jadeja!
Strategic Time-Out! Chennai are in firm control of this chase. A solid partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have ensured that they should win this easily. Hyderabad on the other hand, need a miracle to get back in the game. Moeen Ali comes out to bat and Khaleel Ahmed to bowl now.
Jagadeesha Suchith is back on.
Change. Siddarth Kaul is back on.
Time-Out! It is all yellow of Chennai at the moment. They are running away with this and looks like going back to the top. Hyderabad have not looked threatening so far with the ball. They need to find a way to get rid of these openers as the only way they can be alive in this contest is by picking up wickets regularly.
The man who will need to be at his best if Hyderabad is to win this game is on now. It is Rashid Khan time. Can the Afghanistan superstar get the breakthrough his side desperately needs?
Who will bowl post the Powerplay? Will we see the introduction of Rashid straightaway? It will be spin but not Rashid. It will be Jagadeesha Suchith!
Change in bowling. Change of ends for Sandeep Sharma as he will bowl, the final over of the Powerplay.
Change. Siddarth Kaul is in the attack now.
Is that a run out? The umpire has gone upstairs to confirm it. Faf du Plessis is well inside the crease here.
Who will bowl from the other end? It will be Khaleel Ahmed!