Aaron Finch batted with grit as Chennai Super Kings kept a hold over Sunrisers Hyderabad © IANS
By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Apr 27, 2014
Against an inspired Chennai Super Kings bowling attack, the Sunrisers Hyderabad hit 145 for five in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. For a major part of the innings, Chennai’s bowlers dominated the Hyderabad batting with Aaron Finch essaying a gritty knock. But a late surge helped Hyderabad get to a decent score, which shouldn’t be all too easy to chase on this wicket.
On a slow surface at Sharjah, Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and chose to bat. Chennai decided to persist with the same line-up, while Hyderabad felt the need to strengthen their bowling attack. Ishant Sharma replaced the wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha.
Hyderabad were rocked early as Ben Hilfenhaus struck twice in the third over. Dhawan was hurried into the pull shot and he hit it straight to square-leg. David Warner was unlucky when he was ruled leg-before for a second ball duck. Not only did the ball pitch outside the leg-stump, but Warner was jumping when it struck him high on the pads.
KL Rahul then walked out with Finch anchoring the innings. MS Dhoni was doing well to shuffle his bowlers around then. Ravichandran Ashwin came in to bowl in the sixth over and then Ravindra Jadeja came on as soon as the powerplay was done. Rahul swept Jadeja for a huge six over mid-wicket in that over, which was one of the highlights early in the innings.
Hyderabad could only find the boundaries occasionally in the first ten overs as Chennai built the pressure. Even Dwayne Smith was brought in and he struck in the 11th over when Rahul pulled one straight to square-leg. Venugopal Rao then joined Finch in the centre and it wasn’t easy for the duo as Chennai kept the pressure going.
Rao also got a start, but then threw it away in the 15th over when he smashed Mohit Sharma into the hands of mid-on. In the slog overs, Darren Sammy walked out to bat, but it was getting tougher. Mohit had moved into a good rhythm and he dismissed the dangerous Finch for 44 in the 18th over. It was a gritty innings by his standards as he consumed 45 deliveries for his knock.
It was a combined effort by the Chennai bowlers as they kept a hold over proceedings. Hilfenhaus had done well, but a couple of sixes by Karn Sharma in the penultimate over spoiled his figures. Ashwin finished with none for 17 in his four overs. There was some late hitting by Sammy and Karn Sharma to take Hyderabad to 145.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 145 for 5 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 44; Ben Hilfenhaus 2 for 32, Mohit Sharma 2 for 27) vs Chennai Super Kings.
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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)