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Warner, Bairstow And Rashid Team-Up To End CSK’s Dominance

In the 33rd match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza, the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded a clinical 6-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan along with the other bowlers displayed sensational combined efforts to restrict the opposition within a pretty modest first innings total. In the second innings, opening batsman David Warner reduced the matters into mere formalities, smashing a terrific half-century on a pretty slowish wicket, after which his partner, Jonny Bairstow also smacked an amazing fifty to steer SRH towards an easy victory.

Middle-order surrender leaves CSK in complete disarray

After winning the toss and electing to bat first on a pretty slowish track, the two CSK openers, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started things off on a tentative note, managing just 27 runs in the first five overs. Du Plessis then took on Khaleel Ahmed in the next over and smashed 12 runs to improve the scoring rate. After getting their eyes in, both du Plessis and Watson felt that the time was right to up the ante and thus, both the batters started playing their shots, compiling an excellent opening partnership of 79 runs. The SRH duo comprising of Shahbaz Nadeem and Vijay Shankar then bowled really well to send both the CSK openers back in the hut.

However, before getting dismissed, the openers had already set a great platform for the rest of the batsmen to follow. But in contrary, the CSK middle-order crumbled like a pack of cards, losing three wickets for just four runs. Rashid Khan bowled a brilliant 14th over, claiming the big wickets of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav. Ambati Rayudu was left as the only specialist batsman for CSK looking to take his team towards a challenging target, but the fast bowling pair of Sandeep Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar never allowed the opposition batters to prevail, giving away just 13 runs combined in the final two overs and in turn limited CSK within a thin total of 132 runs.

Warner’s exhibitory half-century leads SRH in the chase

After looking at the behaviour of the Hyderabad wicket in the first innings, it was expected to slow down further as the game progressed. But SRH opener David Warner removed the pitch out of the equation completely, ripping apart the CSK bowlers in the first six overs of the powerplay itself. He didn’t back down a bit and registered a phenomenal half-century in just the sixth over of the innings that too off only 24 balls. After a poor start, CSK bowling duo of Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir then came back strongly to remove both Warner and Williamson in successive overs.

However, before being dismissed, Warner had already relieved all the pressure of the run-chase and reduced the matters to mere formalities. The other SRH opener, Jonny Bairstow then started advancing his presence at the crease, smashing a significant fifty to help his team cross the finishing line in a comfortable manner with more than three overs to spare.

Brief Scores:

CSK: 132/5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis-45, Shane Watson-31; Rashid Khan 2/17, Khaleel Ahmed 1/22)

SRH: 137/4 in 16.5 overs (Jonny Bairstow-61*, David Warner-50; Imran Tahir 2/20)

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 6 wickets.