The struggles continues for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as they suffered a hattrick of losses in IPL 2020 after succumbing to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai tonight.
CSK failed to chase down 165 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai despite a valiant unbeaten 47* by MS Dhoni.
This is the first time since 2014 that CSK have lost 3 games in a row. The 3-time champions continue to languish in last place on the points table while SRH climbed to 4th with their second successive victory.
However, one has to credit SRH for keeping their cool even after losing Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injury in the crucial 19th over. They bowled brilliantly and it was all about their youngsters, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad and Abhishek Sharma, on the day.
Youngsters Priyam Garg- Abhishek Sharma got the better of Dhoni’s Dad Army
After opting to bat first, SRH found a new hero in Priyam Garg and was well supported by Abhishek Sharma. The two youngsters came together with the team reeling at 69/4 after 11 overs. They first took their time while the latter took charge to hit some lusty blows. Garg took over the control of the innings in the 17th over when Sam Curran came on to bowl.
The momentum changed completely as SRH earned 22 runs in the over with Garg hitting three fours and a six. Then Deepak Chahar went for 13 runs in the next over and eventually SRH added 53 runs in the last four overs to end on 164 runs for the loss of five wickets. Garg remained unbeaten on 51 while Sharma scored 31 before getting out. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award for his heroics late in the SRH innings.
Earlier, Jonny Bairstow bagged a duck getting out in the first over to Deepak Chahar. Manish Pandey looked good for his 21-ball 29 but he failed to convert his start into a big score. Warner scraped his way to 28 before getting out while Kane Williamson was involved in a horror mix-up with Garg to leave the team struggling at 69/4 after 11 overs. But it ended well for the Orange Army as their youngsters bailed them out of trouble when it mattered the most.
CSK never looked in control of the run-chase
CSK didn’t get off to a good start in the chase. They changed the opening combination sending Faf du Plessis with Shane Watson. But the new ball swung a bit and that kept both the batsmen on the tenterhooks. Watson eventually was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and suddenly, CSK had nothing on the board after three overs. Their first boundary also came in the fifth over of the innings off Ambati Rayudu’s bat.
But T Natarajan bowled a ripper of a delivery to get rid of him and then Faf du Plessis was run-out after misjudging a single. Kedar Jadhav also followed his partner soon to leave the team in a hole at 42/4 in the ninth over. MS Dhoni was already in the middle and Ravindra Jadeja joined him as they resurrected the innings first.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 164 for 5 (Garg 51, Sharma 31)
Chennai Super Kings: 157 for 5 (Jadeja 50, Dhoni 47*, Natarajan 2-43)