Hello and welcome to Sportstar 's live blog of Wednesday's Indian Premier League clash between between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
◘ There's the win! Hyderabad rode on fifties from David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to halt Chennai's winning streak as it canters home with six wickets in hand. It was never going to be easy for Chennai to defend a small total and a fiery start from Warner ensured Hyderabad cross the line easily. That's all we have for you today and will be back tomorrow for match 34 between Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians. Till then, it's goodbye and good night.
◘ Fifty for Jonny Bairstow - Brilliant innings from Bairstow and he along with David Warner have taken Hyderabad to the cusp of victory.
◘ WICKET - Imran Tahir strikes and picks his second wicket as he dismisses Vijay Shankar. He is off for his traditional sprint but Hyderabad is in a very comfortable position.
◘ Jonny Bairstow is oozing class as he clubs Karn Sharma over the deep mid-wicket boundary for a couple of maximums. Hyderabad is cruising at this stage and show win it easily from here.
◘ WICKET - Imran Tahir strikes and he has got the prized scalp of Kane Williamson. Williamson offered a simple return catch and he is esctatic. Chennai is fighting back defending a below par score.
◘ WICKET - David Warner departs for 50 and Deepak Chahar provides the breakthrough for Chennai. Hyderabad loses its first wicket but it is placed well in the chase.
◘ Fifty for David Warner - David Warner brings up his fifty in just 24 deliveries and what an outstanding innings it has been. He has set the tone for the chase.
◘ David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are blazing away and bring up Hyderabad's fifty in no time. It's been absolute carnage and Chennai have to come up with something special to halt the opening duo.
◘ Shardul Thakur to bowl the second over. 11 off the over. Warner and Bairstow off to solid start. 21 off two overs.
◘ Chahar concedes the first boundary of the run chase, Bairstow whips a full length ball through square leg for a boundary. Ten off the first over.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will open the innings, Deepak Chahar with the new ball.
◘ Excellent bowling show from the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers as they restrict Chennai Super Kings to 132 for the loss of five wickets. Chennai got a start but Rashid Khan applied brakes by picking two wickets and then the rest of the batsmen struggled to take off. Chennai started slowly, got momentum in the middle but lost the plot completely at the end. Hyderabad should fancy knocking off those runs but the pitch will keep Chennai's bowlers interested. Should be a good second innings. Stay tuned as we return for the chase in a while.
◘ With the boundaries drying up both Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu are depending on quick singles and Jadeja in particular has been lightning fast and has managed to put pressure on the Hyderabad fielders.
◘ Release shot by Ambati Rayudu as he finally finds a boundary but Chennai needs more of those. With four overs to go, Chennai will aim to post at least 130.
◘ Ravindra Jadeja joins Ambati Rayudu.
◘ WICKET - Another one bites the dust and it's Sam Billings this time. Khaleel Ahmed removes Billings for a duck and Chennai is five down.
◘ Sam Billings is the new man in and Chennai needs him to tee off as Sunrisers Hyderabad is back in the game big time.
◘ WICKET - Rashid Khan strikes again and this time it's Kedar Jadhav. He goes for a review but it looks he is a goner! Pitching outside off, impact in-line and it will be umpire's call. Jadhav goes for a single and Chennai is in deep trouble.
◘ WICKET - Rashid Khan traps Suresh Raina but the Chennai captain goes for a review immediately. No bat involved, pitched in line and the ball is hitting the stumps. Poor review and Raina's torrid time in the middle comes to an end.
◘ Both Suresh Raina and Vijay Shankar are struggling to time the ball and have been scratchy but lucky. Meanwhile Vijay Shankar is bowling a wonderful spell.
◘ WICKET - Vijay Shankar strikes and Chennai has suffered a double blow. The al-rounder comes into the attack and removes the well-set Faf du Plessis for 45. With two new batsmen in Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu, Hyderabad will aim to apply brakes.
◘ WICKET - Nadeem strikes as he castles Shane Watson and Chennai Super Kings loses its first wicket with the Australian departing for 31. Slower delivery, Watson goes for the cut shot but misses it as his off-stump gets uprooted.
◘ Rashid Khan into the attack and Shane Watson greets him with a boundary.
◘ The 50-run partnership is up between Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson in 6.4 overs. Having found their feet both openers have increased their tempo with du Plessis playing the role of the aggressor.
◘ Spin into the attack and it will be Shahbaz Nadeem.
◘ End of Powerplay and Chennai Super Kings managed to garner 41 runs.
◘ SIX! First six of the match as Faf du Plessis smacks Khaleel Ahmed over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum. He then follows up with a boundary to give Chennai Super Kings much needed momentum.
◘ Change in bowling as Sandeep Sharma is introduced into the attack.
◘ Interesting battle as Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are touch struggling to time the ball. A scratchy boundary over the slips by Watson keeps the scorecard ticking. Both openers in search of momentum.
◘ Excellent first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he gives just one run. There is a hint of swing as Bhuvi got the ball to swing into the right-handers and Faf du Plessis is yet to open his account. Khaleel Ahmed will be tempted to have a go.
◘ Alright we are all set to roll and the Sunrisers Hyderabad players are in a huddle. The umpires walk out and out come the CSK openers - Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be starting the proceedings for Hyderabad with be Watson on strike. Here we go!
TOSS UPDATE: Suresh Raina has won the toss and Chennai Super Kings will bat first.
Dhoni is not part of the playing XI tonight and it will be only the fourth time that the former India skipper has missed a game for Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina(c), Sam Billings(w), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
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◘ There is still some time to go for the toss. In the meantime, Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have been named standbys in India's World Cup squad. Read the full story here| Rayudu, Pant named standbys in Team India World Cup squad
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Sunrisers Hyderabad, No. 6 on the points table, will hope to snap its losing streak when it runs into Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Read our correspondent V.V. Subrahmanyam's's preview:
Sunrisers takes on in-form CSK with time running out
Sunrisers Hyderabad, sulking with wounded pride after losing the last three games, should change gears when it takes on the formidable Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 league phase at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Wednesday night.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been Hyderabad's batting linchpins so far but captain Kane Williamson would hope to come good on Wednesday, especially after a disappointing outing against the Delhi Capitals.
Hyderabad's middle-order has not clicked this season, despite the team management shuffling the batting around. It needs to win against Chennai to avoid slipping down further in the points table.
Team India for World Cup 2019: Karthik, Jadeja, Shankar in squad, Pant misses out
If it was the experienced trio of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda which failed to come good in the earlier matches, the exciting young talent Abhishek Sharma, Ricky Bhui and Vijay Shankar too disappointed by not rising to the occasion in the previous game.
The onus is clearly once again on the top three to fire and set the platform for the others to chip in with handy contributions on a wicket which is said to be a typical T-20 strip.
In bowling, Sunrisers has little to worry with left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed being a certainty after his impressive spell against Delhi the previous night. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar too regaining his confidence and the spin duo of leggie Rashid Khan and left-armer Abhishek doing a decent job, it would hope to test the M.S. Dhoni-led batting line-up.
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On the other hand, nothing seems to be going wrong for CSK despite early setbacks in batting. The inspirational presence of Dhoni in the lower-order has been the most decisive factor which has dented the confidence and morale of the opposition consistently in this edition.
With leg-spinner Imran Tahir at his best and Harbhajan Singh likely to play because of left-handed opener Warner’s, Dhoni may have the liberty to experiment if he wants to.
By all means, Sunrisers needs a stand-out performance to surprise the favourites on home stretch.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (From): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Shahbaz Nadeem, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Siddarth Kaul, Shakib Al Hasan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c/wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.
Match starts at 8pm (IST).
( The match will be streamed live on Hotstar )
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