With this victory SRH now have six points from seven games © IANS
With this victory SRH now have six points from seven games © IANS

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) celebrated their return to ‘Home’ Hyderabad with a crucial 22-run win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the match 34 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. First an attacking knock by David Warner and later disciplined bowling, helped SRH to topple the table toppers CSK. Warner’s team now have six points from seven games and they are placed in the sixth position of the points table. Blog: SRH vs CSK, IPL 2015 Match 34 at Hyderabad

CSK were jolted early during their chase of 193. Brendon McCullum, who scored a match winning hundred, when these two teams met last time, was dismissed early by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It was a shot of length ball, McCullum tried to place it to third man, but only managed to chop it onto his stumps. Moises Henriques later dismissed Dwayne Smith, who took 19 balls to score 21. At the end of powerplay over, CSK were 54 for two. LIVE SCORECARD: IPL 2015, SRH vs CSK

Suresh Raina was looking good as he powered himself through to 23 in 15 balls before becoming the second wicket of Henriques in the eighth over. At 68 for three, CSK were clearly on backfoot and needed some inspiration. Their skipper MS Dhoni, who is playing his 200th T20 game along with Faf du Plessis, provided them them the inspiration with a fighting 46-run partnership. They counter attacked the SRH bowlers. Even their best bowler, Trent Boult was not spared. IPL 2015, Points Table

But the match took an u-turn in the 13th over of this innings, in which the bowler Ashish Reddy had a moment of brilliance. Both du Plessis and Dhoni got out to out in consecutive deliveries and that did the trick for the hosts. After that the SRH bowlers tighten their grip and didn’t allow CSK to make any kind of comeback and the home side earned a comfortable victory.

One interesting and noticeable fact which came out from this match was, Dhoni’s ignorance towards Ravindra Jadeja. The CSK skipper didn’t use his left-arm throughout this match and also sent him to bat below young Pawan Negi. Perhaps he wanted to give him a strong message through this approach.

Earlier Warner punished CSK bowlers all-round the with a 28-ball 61 after Dhoni won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. It was mainly because of Warner’s knock, SRH put up a healthy 192 for seven in the their allotted 20 overs. At one point of time it seemed they will score around 210-220, but CSK bowlers made a brief comeback in the second part of the innings and managed to restrict the opposition under 200.

The opening pair of Warner and Shikhar Dhawan produced a stand of 86 off 49 balls which put SRH in a commending position. Warner was clearly the dominating partner in that partnership and he kept on punishing the indiscipline CSK bowling. At times the bowlers over-bowled the short ball against Warner and he took the full advantage of it. The knock has now given Warner the orange cap now.

It took Raina’s slow off spin to get rid off the Warner threat as the left-hander tried to attack him but only managed to get caught in the deep backward square leg. Henriques was sent as pinch-hitter in No 3. Sunriser’s hundred came in just 55 balls and their batsmen were preparing for the finishing touches.

But the hosts lost two quick wickets in the form of Henriques and Dhawan and CSK were back in the game. The match had to stop for the brief period due to power failure in the ground. When it resumed, Naman Ojha hit Mohit Sharma for two fours in two balls. Eoin Morgan who is is playing his first game in this edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), also played an handy knock of 32. For CSK Dwayne Bravo was the most successful bowler with a figure of three for 25.

CSK now have lost two back to back games but still manage to hold on their No. 1 position in the points table. They will now host the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chennai in their next game on May 4. Whereas the SRH will travel to Eden Gardens Kolkata, to face Gautam Gambhir’s team on the same day.

Brief Scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 192 for 7 in 20 overs (David Warner 61, Shikhar Dhawan 37; Dwayne Bravo 3 for 25, Suresh Raina 29 for 1) beat Chennai Super Kings 170 for 6 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 33, Suresh Rain 23; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 32, Moises Henriques 2 for 20) by 22 runs.

Man of the match: David Warner

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(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)