|Jason Roy||c MS Dhoni b Josh Hazlewood||2||7||0||0||28.57|
|Wriddhiman Saha||c MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja||44||46||1||2||95.65|
|Kane Williamson||lbw Dwayne Bravo||11||11||2||0||100|
|Priyam Garg||c MS Dhoni b Dwayne Bravo||7||10||0||0||70|
|Abhishek Sharma||c Faf du Plessis b Josh Hazlewood||18||13||1||1||138.46|
|Abdul Samad||c Moeen Ali b Josh Hazlewood||18||14||1||1||128.57|
|Jason Holder||c Deepak Chahar b Shardul Thakur||5||5||0||0||100|
|Rashid Khan||not out||17||13||2||0||130.77|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||not out||2||2||0||0||100|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 6.69)||134/7|
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||c Kane Williamson b Jason Holder||45||38||4||2||118.42|
|Faf du Plessis||c Siddarth Kaul b Jason Holder||41||36||3||2||113.89|
|Moeen Ali||b Rashid Khan||17||17||2||0||100|
|Suresh Raina||lbw Jason Holder||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Ambati Rayudu||not out||17||13||1||1||130.77|
|MS Dhoni||not out||14||11||1||1||127.27|
|Total||(19.39 Ov, RR: 7.16)||139/4|
Chennai Super Kings became the first team to reach the playoffs of IPL 2021 after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday evening.
CSK managed to restrict RCB to a mere 135, and managed to get over the finish line with two balls to spare. Faf du Plessis (41) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (45) gave CSK a brilliant start before quick cameos from Ambati Rayudu (17* off 13) and skipper Dhoni (14* off 11) helped Chennai to a six-wicket win.
Meanwhile, SRH are now out of contention after slipping to their ninth loss this season, and sit bottom of the table, with just four points from 11 games.
Here are two teams at contrasting ends of the spectrum on the points table. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are reeling at the bottom of the points table while Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are soaring high at the top.
SRH finally put an end to a five-match losing streak as they beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their last game. The Kane Williamson-led side underwent a major overhaul as they dropped a few big players and loaded the side with youngsters. Jason Roy’s inclusion at the top helped as he top-scored with 60 while skipper Williamson was back amongst the runs as well. Also, the bowling unit fared better than the previous encounters. However, SRH are almost out of the race for the playoffs and only have a mathematical chance of sneaking into the top four.
On the other hand, CSK are in fabulous form and are yet to lose a game in this second half of this IPL 2021. They have eight wins from 10 games and are sitting pretty at the top of the points table. A couple of more wins could well seal a spot in the top-two for them. The top-order batting has been brilliant while the bowling has come together really nicely as well.
Besides, CSK have an overwhelming head to head record against SRH. Out of the 15 games that these two sides have played in the IPL, CSK have won 11 and SRH have won just four.
David Warner has confirmed that he is unlikely to play any part in the rest of the tournament. Tom Moody also indicated that they are looking to give youngsters some experience and game time. Khaleel Ahmed is out with injury and Siddarth Kaul replaced him. But the latter didn’t look threatening enough and could be replaced by Basil Thampi if Khaleel is still unfit.
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Dwayne Bravo has had a few niggles from the CPL. He did play a couple of games in this UAE leg but was rested in the last game against KKR. If he has recovered completely, he might slot back into the playing XI and will replace Sam Curran. The rest of the line-up will most probably remain the same.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed/Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran/Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Ruturaj Gaikwad: Ruturaj Gaikwad has been in top form in this IPL and has consistently got solid starts at the top of the order for CSK. The 24-year-old Maharashtra opening batsman has scores of 88 not out, 38 and 40 in the three games that CSK have played in this UAE leg. Alongside Faf du Plessis, he has been one of the reasons why CSK have been so successful with the bat.
Overall, Gaikwad has amassed 362 runs at an average of 40.22 and has a strike-rate of 137.12 in this 2021 season of the IPL.
Jason Holder: Jason Holder has brought some fresh energy into this SRH line-up. The West Indies seam-bowling all-rounder has bowled economical spells and has also consistently picked wickets. Moreover, he is a powerful striker of the ball and his unbeaten 47 against Punjab almost took SRH over the line.
Overall, Holder has played four games in this 2021 edition and he has returned with six wickets at an economy rate of 6.88. With the bat, he has chipped in with 61 runs while striking at 141.86.
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