Shane Watson smashed a belligerent 96 as Chennai Super Kings zoomed back to the top of the table with a commanding six-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.

Watson, who took 53 balls and hit nine fours and six sixes, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket.

But riding his devastating knock, CSK made light of a 176-run target after skipper M.S. Dhoni asked Sunrisers to bat first. CSK scored 176/4 in 19.5 overs.

For the visitors, Manish Pandey (83 off 49 balls, not out) and David Warner (57; 45 balls, 4×3, 6×2) struck half centuries.

CSK lost Faf du Plessis (1) early but that mattered little as Watson roared back to form on a day star spinner Rashid Khan (1/44) had an off day.