Brendon McCullum slammed his second IPL century © IANS
Brendon McCullum slammed his second IPL century © IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a superb game following their close win against Delhi Daredevils (DD). Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had a day to forget as they never came back after CSK posted a huge total on board. Nikhil Popat looks at the highlights of the match. FULL SCORECARD: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL 2015 Match 4

Unchanged CSK, SRH make a surprising swap: CSK went into the game with an unchanged XI but the same could not be said about SRH. They made a surprising call by leaving out Dale Steyn, going in with debutants Trent Boult and Kane Williamson alongside David Warner and Ravi Bopara. They did not play Eoin Morgan as well, which too was a surprising call.  Chennai Super Kings (CSK) thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 45 runs in IPL 2015

CSK go hard in Powerplay:  CSK won the toss and were right on top in the Powerplay. Their openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum are known for their aggressive play and they took full toll of it when they scored 49 runs in the six overs. McCullum was particularly severe on any bad ball while Smith took his time to get going. IPL 2015: Brendon McCullum sixth batsman to score 2 IPL hundreds

Ishant Sharma’s struggle: Ishant Sharma had not played any game since the Australia Test series and he showed signs of rustiness. He bowled as many as three no-balls in his first spell. Brendon McCullum took toll of the third one when he hit for a maximum. He conceded 16 runs off his second over and Sunrisers looked all in trouble at that stage.  Ishant finished with figures of 3-0-46-0.

Direct-hits always work: Ravi Bopara was introduced into the attack and the first ball resulted in a wicket. McCullum dabbed one to short third man and responded to Smith’s call. To the misery of Smith, Boult was quick to it and struck the stumps down at the striker’s end to get rid of him. That was a welcome change for Sunrisers Hyderbad. KL Rahul was the other one who scored another direct hit to get rid of the dangerous Suresh Raina, though it was McCullum who was doing all the scoring. Ravindra Jadeja was the third one to fall to a direct hit when he hit his first ball back to Boult in the final over and sacrificed his wicket to give the strike back to McCullum.

Baz blitz: Brendon McCullum was in good form with the bat and he continued on his merry way scoring a 38-ball fifty. He brought up his fifty with a six over mid-wicket, his fifth one of the game. Poor Ishant was the bowler who got hit for 22 runs in his third over. Baz also scooped one over the ‘keeper’s head for a maximum in that very over.  At one junction it looked like McCullum might not get to his ton when he was left with only three deliveries, but he hit a scoop six and then a four to get to 99 which got CSK past 200. On the final ball of the innings, he hit one to cover and got to his 100 just in time, he’s second one in IPL and he scored it off just 56 balls. Brendon McCullum leads CSK to 209/4 against SRH in IPL 2015

MSD’s promotion: MS Dhoni promoted himself to No. 4  and the move worked for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He did not start hitting from the word go but Dhoni came into himself when he hit Karn Sharma for three sixes in the 18th over of the game. Dhoni  got going while McCullum was starting to feel the heat.  By the time Dhoni got out, hitting one to David Warner at extra cover, he had already scored 53 runs in just 29 balls.

Dhawan departs after a cameo: Shikhar Dhawan got off to a good start hitting some lovely drives and finding the fence at regular intervals. He, though, fell trying to hit one over covers, Jadeja took the catch at backward point. That left SRH 30 for one after 3.4 overs.

Spin and guile of Ashwin: Ravichandran Ashwin has been in good form off late and he continued a superb day with the ball today as well. He managed to keep the batsmen quiet, by varying his pace and bowling tight lines. Even the set batsman, David Warner struggled to put him away. He picked the wicket of Naman Ojha, who was forced to hit the big shot since the pressure was building due to good bowling. Ashwin finished with figures of 4-0-22-1.

Warner’s struggle: Warner is known to score big and quick but he too like his team had an off day.. Warner scored a 42-ball 52  but he was never successful in getting his team on track. He scored at a good rate but given the asking rate, he was always behind the eight ball and when Warner got out, all hopes for SRH were done and dusted.

CSK make it two in two: CSK were superb with the bat and put in a good bowling performance to defend the huge score, winning by 45 runs and now have won two in two and will go forward with good momentum.

(Nikhil Popat is a cricket lover and a PotterHead. He can be followed on Twitter @CricCrazyNIKS)

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