IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Chennai Super Kings to 132/5

Despite Chennai Super Kings openers – Faf Du Plessis (45) and Shane Watson (31) – giving their team a good start after opting to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers managed to restrict the CSK middle-orders sans MS Dhoni to 132/5 in Match 33 of IPL 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Leg spinner Rashid Khan returned 2/17 in his four while Khaleel Ahmed returned 1/22 in his four. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was tidy giving away 1/21 in his four as CSK managed only 52 runs in the last ten overs.

Dhoni, who was rested owing to a stiff back – missing only his fourth game for the franchise through the years – was sorely missed in the middle-order as from a healthy 81/1 in 10.2 overs, CSK slumped to 101/4 in 14.4 overs, with Dhoni’s replacement Sam Billings managing a three-ball duck, undone by a Khaleel Ahmed slower one.

Shahbaz Nadeem, getting a game for SRH drew first blood when he castled Watson, after he combined with du Plessis to added 79 runs for the first wicket off 59 balls.

Watson, struggling in IPL 2019 so far, was cautious throughout his innings , with du Plessis donning the aggressor’s role. Du Plessis’ 45 came off 31 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes while Watson 31 came off 29 balls, hitting four fours.

After Nadeem broke the stand, Vijay Shankar and Rashid tied down CSK. Shankar removed du Plessis in the 11th over while Rashid struck twice in the 14th over to remove stand-in skipper Suresh Raina (13) and Kedar Jadhav (1).

By the 15h over, CSK found themselves stuttering at 102/5. Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu failed to get going with SRH bowlers managing to maintain a lid on the scoring rate. Jadeja remained unbeaten on 10 off 20 balls while Rayudu struggled, scoring 25 off 21 balls.

Brief Scores: CSK 132/5 (Faf du Plessis 45, Shane Watson 31; Rashid Khan 2/17) vs SRH