Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad from DY Patil Stadium.
A walk in the park for SRH in the end. Sunrisers have aced the chase, which was spearheaded by opener Abhishek Sharma and closed by Rahul Tripathi. CSK continue to slip in this IPL; Jadeja struggling on captaincy debut. That would be all from Game 1 on Saturday. Meanwhile, at the MCA Stadium in Pune, RCB has won the toss and elected to field.
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Bravo starts with a wide. 10 now off 18. Abhishek has been caught for a 50-ball 75. Too little too late? Pooran guides the next ball through short third for four. Bravo concedes a wide next ball. Five needed now. Pooran gets a single. Tripathi hits the winning runs, a boundary, as Sunrisers get off the mark in this year's IPL. It is only the second time in IPL that CSK have lost four in a row (first being in 2010). SRH win by 8 wickets.
SRH 144/1 in 17 overs: SIX! Jordan misses his spot and Tripathi cashes in, lifts it over the long-on fence for six. Beautiful ball striking. 10 off the first two as a top-edged pull races away to the fine-leg fence. What's worse? It is a no-ball. Free hit coming up! Tripathi gets a single. Tripathi's in a hurry as he carves one square of the wicket for four. Brings up the 50 stand. 1 to end the over. 11 needed now in 18 balls.
SRH 125/1 in 16 overs: Theekshana to Abhishek, single off the first ball. Three more singles and a couple of dots to finish the 16th.
SRH 121/1 in 15 overs: Abhishek vindicating KW's call to open with him. Stand and deliver stuff from Abhishek as he stands tall and hits a length ball straight down the ground for six. Tripathi ends the over with an aerial drive for four. 13 off that Mukesh over. 34 needed off 30 balls.
SRH 108/1 in 14 overs: Bravo into his second. Abhishek motoring along. He drives an overpitched ball outside off for four. Tripathi now flicks the fourth ball through midwicket for four. Runs flowing for SRH. Single to finish. 11 off it.
SRH 97/1 in 13 overs: GONE! Williamson holes out and Mukesh has broken through. Mukesh's spell so far: 2.1-0--9-1. Rahul Tripathi walks in at 3. Tripathi pulls the fifth ball over fine leg for six. 8 runs and a wicket.
SRH 89/0 in 12 overs: Jordan returns for his second. Williamson greets him with a boundary. Game slipping out of CSK's grasp now.
Meanwhile, Abhishek reaches his maiden IPL fifty off 31 balls, with a couple. Hang on, he is still on 49, he ran one short. But next ball, Abhishek takes a single and gets to his 50 off 32 balls. Abhishek ends the over with a maximum over long-on. 14 off the over.
SRH 75/0 in 11 overs: Jadeja to Abhishek, single off the first ball. Six off the over in the end. Need 80 to win from 54 balls.
SRH 69/0 in 10 overs: Here's Bravo. SRH ticking along nicely. Seven off Bravo's first as Abhishek nears his fifty. 86 needed off 60.
SRH 62/0 in 9 overs: Jadeja continues. Six off the first five balls before Abhishek swivels a pull for four off the last ball.
SRH 52/0 in 8 overs: More spin. Moeen Ali into the attack. Williamson steps out and launches one over the bowler's head for six. Brings up the team's 50. Dot to finish.
SRH 42/0 in 7 overs: Jadeja into the attack. One slip. Williamson collects a couple off the third ball. Picks a single off the fourth. Two braces and a single off the over.
SRH 37/0 in 6 overs: Theekshana bowls his third inside first six. Abhishek goes inside out over cover for four. Abhishek ends the PowerPlay with a maximum. 13 from the over.
SRH 24/0 in 5 overs: Chris Jordan into the attack now. Excellent start from the Englishman. Just one off it.
SRH 23/0 in 4 overs: Theekshana continues. Abhishek slices the second ball for four more. More intent from the youngster. Nine off it in the end.
SRH 14/0 in 3 overs: Mukesh Choudhary continues. Abhishek Sharma is nearly caught first ball but Shivam Dube can't hold on, running in from fine leg. Abhishek hits the last ball for four, a pull over midwicket. 8 from it.
SRH 6/0 in 2 overs: Sri Lanka's Maheesh Theekshana shares new ball on IPL debut. FOUR ! Williamson plays a cracking cut shot for four. It was a rank short ball outside off and deserved to be put away.
SRH 1/0 in 1 over: Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma to open. Abhishek on strike. Mukesh Choudhary with the new ball. Slip in place. Abhishek gets a single first ball. Good start from Choudhary. Just one off it.
Marco Jansen: "Back of a length most difficult to play on this pitch. The target is definitely gettable." Excellent bowling from Jansen - 1 for 30 - and Sundar, Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to restrict CSK to 154 for 7. Yet, it still poses a challenge to their batters. The top order, for a change, needs to kick on beyond the powerplay overs. Catch us in a bit, for the chase.
CSK 154/7 in 20 overs: Bhuvneshwar to bowl the final over. Bravo goes to the leg side and the bowler follows him but misses his target slightly: it's a wide down the leg side. Overpitched on middle-stump, and Bravo smashes the ball down the ground for four runs - that went like a bullet. Bravo slogs again, the ball travels to deep midwicket, single. Short and wide, Jadeja goes after it and can't reach out to it. It's a wide. Full, outside the off-stump, wide again. Full toss, outside off-stump, Jadeja tries to smash the ball into oblivion, instead mistimes the ball to Kane Williamson, who takes a good catch at mid-off.
Wide again from Bhuvneshwar. Slower ball, outside off-stump, Chris Jordan tries to smash the ball but the ball travels to long-on. Two runs. Low full toss, slogged to midwicket for two runs. Then two more.
Ravindra Jadeja c Williamson b Bhuvneshwar 23 (15b, 2x4, 1x6)
CSK 139/6 in 19 overs : Bravo flicks a full delivery to long-leg for a single. Natarajan fires in a yorker to Jadeja, who digs it out for no run. Fired in full and straight again, dug out to cover and one run picked up. Bravo struggles to gain leverage on an attempted slog, gets a bottom edge to it and picks up a single, the ball travelling to long-on. Short ball, wide.
Full delivery, on off-stum, Jadeja drives fiercely past the bowler for four runs! Useful runs. And six! Full, got under it, and tonked it back over the bowler's head.
CSK 125/6 in 18 overs: Jansen is back into the attack. Jadeja goes down on his knee and sweeps the ball to deep square leg for four runs. He fetched it from outside the off-stump. A low full toss, flicked to deep midwicket for a single. Dhoni is out! It's a short delivery on leg-stump, Dhoni goes for the hook shot and finds the fielder at fine leg! That was a slower delivery from Jansen. Stunned silence in the crowd.
Dwayne Bravo is the new batter. Picks up a single. Jadeja drives to long-on for two runs. Full, on leg-stump, Jadeja tries to flick, but misses. No run.
M. S. Dhoni c Malik b Jansen 3 (6b)
CSK 117/5 in 17 overs: Short and wide from Bhuvneshwar, who is back to bowl his third over. Dhoni steers to backward point for a quick single. Good length, in the corridor, Jadeja hangs his bat out to that: no run as it travels to the 'keeper. Jadeja taps one to the vacant midwicket region, and the batters are quick enough to pick up two runs. Full toss, on middle stump, flicked to square leg by Jadeja for a run. In the corridor again; Dhoni tries to play a late cut, is beaten. In the corridor again, and this time it's a slower ball, Dhoni is beaten again.
CSK 113/5 in 16 overs: Natarajan bowling his third. First delivery: Dube flicks a short of a length delivery to mid-wicket for a single. Jadeja plays the ball to long-on and picks up a single. Oh and Dube is out! Short delivery, tries to guide the ball over short third-man for four runs, but finds that fielder! Dhoni comes out to bat. to huge cheers. He is off the mark with a single: Cuts a short delivery for a single. Then Jadeja drives to long-on for a single. Dhoni keeps strike for the next over with another single.
Shivam Dube c Umran Malik b T. Natarajan 3 (5b)
CSK 108/4 in 15 overs : Markram into the attack now. Moeen picks up a single through long-on. Dube tucks to mid-on for no run. Short, outside the off-stump, cut to deep point for a single. Short, and pulled well to deep midwicket by Moeen for six runs! Excellent stroke. Length ball, Moeen smashes the ball but finds the fielder at the boundary at long-on! Moeen is out for 48.
Jadeja tries to play the sweep. Can't put bat to ball. SRH doesn't appeal for an lbw, strangely.
Moeen Ali c Tripathi b Markram 48 (35b, 4x3, 6x2)
CSK 100/3 in 14 overs: Sundar to bowl his last over. Short of a length, Moeen tries to pull and gets an inside edge. Single. Full, on leg-stump, Rayudu comes down the track but can't get hold of it. And he comes down the track again, connects this time, but the ball cannot clear the boundary - instead he holes out to deep midwicket, the fielder there taking a simple catch.
Shivam Dube is the new batter. He flicks past midwicket - there is a misfield from that fielder - to pick up a single. Moeen goes down on one knee to play a sweep but the ball thuds into his torso. A single to leg to finish the over.
Ambati Rayudu c Markram b Sundar 27 (27b)
CSK 97/2 in 13 overs: Umran Malik to bowl his third over. Short delivery, pulled to midwicket for two runs by Moeen. Then short again, and this time it's pulled mightily for six runs! That's the first six of the innings. Short and wide outside the off-stump next up, it's slashed fine of third man for four more! Moeen flicks to deep square leg for a single. Oh and excellent delivery: full (yorker length), outside the off-stump, dug out by the batter. On a good length, outside off, Rayudu swings his bat at it but misses: it's too quick for him!
Time for the strategic time out.
CSK 84/2 in 12 overs: Natarajan back into the attack. Short of a length, angling across, played to extra cover for a single. Moeen plays the ball to deep midwicket for a single. Good-length delivery - it's a slower ball - defended by Rayudu and the batters run a single. Dropped! Moeen tried to smash a length delivery from his crease, gets a thick edge, and the fielder at wide slip spills it! Full, outside off, sliced to deep point for a single. Full again, driven to deep extra cover for a single.
CSK 78/2 in 11 overs: Oh and Moeen is nearly caught out at cover! Moeen tried to square drive a good-length delivery from Marco Jansen, he lofts the ball awkwardly. It's just beyond the reach of Sundar at cover. Oh and width, outside off! Rayudu slaps the ball to backward point or four runs! And four more: length ball, slogged to deep midwicket. Then cut to point for no run. Rayudu comes down the track, but it's fast and short, goes over his shoulder as he tries to flat-bat it. Comes down again, clumsily played to long-off for a single. Rayudu keeps strike.
CSK 68/2 in 10 overs: Sundar continues after the strategic timeout. Moeen flicks to the leg side for a single. Rayudu comes down the track, and Sundar keeps it short; Rayudu drives to long-off for a single. On a good length, on off-stump, driven from the crease by Moeen to deep extra cover for a single. Full, on off-stump, Rayudu tries to slog, instead he slices it to deep point for a single. Short to Moeen, who tries to play it to the leg side but gets an inside edge. Another inside edge, this time for a single.
CSK 63/2 in 9 overs: Umran continues. Rayudu flicks to the leg side. Single. Short delivery to Moeen, who stands tall to defend it. And then a full delivery outside off, Moeen plays the square drive to point for four runs. On the legs, tucked to the leg side for two runs. Short and wide from Umran, Moeen goes after it but doesn't middle it: the ball lands safely towards deep extra cover. Oh and that's blasted away with disdain by Rayudu! Length ball on off-stump, throws the kitchen sink at it. Four through extra cover.
CSK 51/2 in 8 overs: Washington Sundar replaces Natarajan. First delivery: Moeen tucks to the leg side for a single. Short of a length, steered off the back-foot to deep cover for a single. Short of a length again, Moeen carves it out to cover for another single. Short of a length again, played to cover again. Single. Fuller this time from Sundar: driven to extra cover for one run. 50 is up for CSK. Last ball: Rayudu steps down the track, swings to the leg side for a single.
CSK 45/2 in 7 overs: Umran Malik into the attack now. Full and straight, defended back to the bowler by Rayudu. Oh and excellently fielded at point by Abhishek Sharma: steered off the back-foot by Rayudu and Abhishek dives to his right to prevent runs. And four runs! Short, not too wide, Rayudu tries to play it to the third man, and the ball flies through the first-slip region for a boundary. Perhaps the batter didn't intend for it to go so fine.
Oh and Rayudu attempts a similar stroke but he is beaten! The ball was too quick. And then the batter goes down the pitch for an aggressive stroke and misses. Last delivery: Rayudu stays back in his crease to try to play a pull off a short of a length delivery, but the ball hits the legs. No run.
CSK 41/2 in 6 overs: T. Natarajan into the attack now. And a wicket straightaway! It's an inswinging yorker; Gaikwad couldn't negotiate that one, tries to play a straight drive. It barges through to disturb the furniture. Well, not quite a yorker, but quite full. Ambati Rayudu gets an inside edge, but it's safe; evades the stumps. Rayudu goes down the pitch for a slog to oblivion, the ball travels to deep square leg on the bounce. Then Moeen flicks off his legs for four runs through square leg. Last delivey: full, driven for no run.
End of the powerplay and an eventful over comes to an end.
Ruturaj Gaikwad b Natarajan 16 (13b, 3x4)
CSK 36/1 in 5 overs: Jansen bowls his second over. Short and wide first up, to Moeen, cut for no run to point. Bouncer to Moeen, who leaves it alone. Then he tucks the ball to midwicket for two runs. Short of a length, outside off, defended. Then defended again and on the final delivery, he plays clumsily through midwicket for two runs.
CSK 32/1 in 4 overs: Time for spin, Washington Sundar into the attack.
First delivery: Uthappa decides to slog sweep, and the bat turns in his hands as he plays that shot! The fielder at midwicket takes a nice catch. CSK one down. The ball perhaps came slower than the batter expected. Moeen Ali is the new batter he is off the mark with a single to long-off. Good length delivery, outside the off-stump, spinning into the right handed Gaikwad: defended. Then defended from the crease back to the bowler. Oh and he goes for the slog sweep too, and connects: the fielder coming around from deep square leg dives and saves a boundary at deep midwicket. Oh and an encore! This time the fielder had no chance, it's a boundary to deep midwicket.
Robin Uthappa c Markram b Sundar 15 (11b, 1x4)
CSK 25/0 in 3 overs: Oh and Uthappa goes for a bellicose, lofted stroke. It was full, outside the off-stump, by Bhuvneshwar; Uthappa slices it over the infield to deep point: two runs. Full, outside off, driven to deep cover for a single. There is slight swing on view but not huge amount, and it doesn't seem to be troubling the batters. Full, outside off, again: defended off the front foot by Gaikwad. Slightly shorter, the fifth delivery, cut to short third man for no run.
Final delivery: short and wide, cut away to backward point for four runs. No fielders there. An interesting fielding position for Bhuvneshwar: there is an extremely wide slip fielder, deep too. Perhaps not there for the catch, instead to prevent a boundary.
CSK 16/0 in 2 overs: Gaikwad to face his first delivery. Back of a length, first up, angling across, defended from the crease. Slightly shorter and straighter from left-armer Jansen: tucked to the leg side for a single. Full, outside off-stump driven to extra cover for no run by Uthappa.
Short, and pulled away fiercely by Uthappa. Won't go to the boundary, three runs taken. Full, outside off-stump again, defended by Gaikwad. Overpitched, outside off-stump, driven handsomely to huge cheers by Gaikwad for four runs through cover. Excellent stroke.
CSK 8/0 in 1 over: All set for action. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl to Uthappa. Full, on off-stump, defended back to the bowler by Uthappa. Chants of 'CSK, CSK' by the crowd. Just the lone slip in place, and Uthappa gets an edge and the ball flies past the first slip for four! A second slip would have snaffled it! Lucky escape. Full and wide from Bhuvneshwar - Uthappa square drives it for two runs. The fielder at point partially saved it. Uthappa then plays a nice on-drive to pick up two more. Full, on off-stump, played to cover. Last ball: defended to point.
1525 IST: Plenty of supporters in yellow, at the DY Patil Stadium. The umpires walk out to the middle. As do Uthappa and Gaikwad, the two CSK openers, and the SRH team.
1515 IST: CSK has chosen a spinner - Theekshana - in place of a fast bowler - Pretorius - perhaps because of the likely slowness of the surface. SRH has gone in for 21-year-old Marco Jansen in place of Romario Shepherd, who has been rather costly in the two previous matches. Thirty-year-old batter Shashank Singh replaces Abdul Samad, who scored a total of four runs in the last two matches.
1500 IST : TOSS TIME - Williamson wins the toss and chooses to bowl. Two changes in the line-up: Shashank Singh and Marco Jansen have been included. One change in the line-up for CSK: Theekshana comes in for Dewald Pretorius. Jadeja says there is grass on the pitch and so his team would have chosen to bowl, too.
1450 IST: Pitch won't be quick, says Graeme Swann in the pitch report. Bowling short won't be useful, he says. It's a slow turner as well. The contest may not be high scoring.
1445 IST: Toss is 15 minutes away. CSK has lost twice batting first, while SRH has lost both its matches chasing. So whatever the captain winning the toss chooses to do may suit the other side.
1440 IST: It's a battle between two slow starters in this IPL season, as neither CSK nor SRH has won a single game this season so far. It's a testing little phase for Ravindra Jadeja, the new CSK captain, who says his team needs just that one win to gain confidence and momentum for a winning roll. SRH, on the other hand, has an experienced captain who has some success under hit belt. A reminder: Williamson has scored just 20 runs so far. Could a turnaround in his personal form spell a change of fortunes?
Chennai Super Kings, under new captain Ravindra Jadeja, has struggled in the Indian Premier League thus far with three defeats in as many outings. But the team hopes to return to winning ways when it faces Sunrisers Hyderabad at the DY Patil Stadium on Saturday.
This time, the absence of Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne has hurt the team. Even though Dwayne Bravo - the tournament’s leading wicket-taker - and Chris Jordan have made their presence felt, young gun Mukesh Choudhary, who featured in the last couple of games, struggled with the new ball.
And against a struggling Sunrisers, which has suffered two consecutive defeats, the CSK bowling unit needs to regroup and ensure that Bravo and Jordan are well backed.
In the batting department, the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has scored just one run in three games, has been an area of concern and it would be interesting to see whether the team persists with him or opts for a plan B.
The team’s batting show has revolved around Robin Uthappa, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shivam Dube. Even others need to step up.
SRH, however, needs to address its top-order woes. With captain Kane Williams faltering, the onus has been on Aiden Markram and Washington Sundar, but they need to be consistent. In the previous game against Lucknow Super Giants, the team lost momentum despite picking up three quick wickets, and against CSK, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, and Umran Malik need to ensure that they don’t let it slip.
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