IN PICS: IPL 2019, CSK vs SRH, Match 41

Shane Watson's 96 powered Chennai Super Kings' to a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

While there was some last-over drama with Kedar Jadhav hitting a six off the second ball and Ambati Rayudu getting out on the fourth delivery, CSK, needing 9 off the final over, did not let Watson’s knock go in vain to register a six-wicket win to avoid a hat-trick of defeats. @BCCI

Warner, who is the current Orange Cap holder in IPL 2019, scored 57 off 45 balls as he brought up his 43rd fifty in the IPL. However, a tired-looking shot off Harbhajan’s bowling in the 14th over ended his innings as MS Dhoni whipped off the bails to give CSK their second breakthrough. @BCCI

However, CSK’s joy was short-lived as Manish Pandey, who was brought into the side to bolster the SRH batting after Kane Williamson’s return to New Zealand, and David Warner counterattacked in a grand fashion as the two took on Harbhajan and Deepak Chahar to help SRH zoom past fifty in the powerplay. The duo continued to torment CSK even after the powerplay as they put up a 115-run stand in 72 balls. @PTI

However, the things changed dramatically with the arrival of Suresh Raina in the middle. CSK were 16/1 after the four overs but then went on to score 33 in the next two overs as Khaleel conceded 11 off the fifth over before Raina smacked 22 off Sandeep Sharma in the sixth over. The duo put up 77-run stand in 45 balls. @BCCI

While Raina could not score a fifty, his counterattacking 24-ball 38-run knock came at a time when SRH bowlers were looking to keep CSK in check. Raina helped CSK break those shackles. The left-hander hit 6 fours and a six to give CSK innings a much-needed momentum. @PTI

Watson, who was struggling with the bat, having scored 147 runs in the first 10 games in IPL 2019, returned to form in some style. While he missed out on a hundred, he hammered 96 off 53 balls and took apart the SRH bowling attack. The former Australian cricketer hit 9 fours and 6 sixes @PTI

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) innings did not start on a bright note as Harbhajan Singh, who replaced Shardul Thakur in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) playing XI, struck early to spoil Jonny Bairstow’s IPL 2019 farewell. The Englishman was dismissed for zero. @BCCI

Pandey, meanwhile, remained unbeaten on 83. The right-hander, who came out to bat in the second over after Bairstow’s fall, hit seven fours and three sixes during his 49-ball innings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, tackling the spin and pace effectively. @PTI

While SRH looked set to finish on a high, CSK pulled back the things quite effectively in the last three overs. While Dwayne Bravo bowled two of those overs, Chahar bowled one as the duo conceded only 24 runs and did not allow the visitors to go past the 180-run mark. @BCCI

CSK’s chase started on a terrible note. After SRH skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed bowled 10 dot balls in tandem, the home team lost Faf du Plessis as Deepak Hooda’s direct-hit ended the South African captain’s stay in the middle. @PTI

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