IPL 2021: Dhoni’s Chennai beat Hyderabad to secure ticket to play-offs
134/7 in 20 overs (Riddhiman 44, Abhishek 16, Hazelwood 3/24, Bravo 2/16)
Chennai Super Kings:
139/4 in 19.4 overs (Rituraj 41, DuPlessis 45, Holder) 32/
Chennai Super Kings won by six wickets.
Not as bad a performance as last time. Whether it is the first episode of the current IPL or the second episode, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings have been seen in great rhythm. It was no different against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were at the bottom of the league table on Thursday. Dhoni lost to Williamson in six wickets and secured his place in the play-offs. The yellow jersey holders reached the target of 135 runs given by Hyderabad after losing four wickets with two balls to spare.
After winning the toss, Chennai Super Kings decided to field first. And the bowlers of his team also proved Dhoni’s decision correct. Jason Roy (2) was out at the beginning by Hazelwood. After that Hyderabad captain Ken Williamson was also dismissed for 11 runs. He was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo. After that, Priyam Garg (6) was not at the crease for long. He was also dismissed as Bravo. Riddhiman Saha, the only Hyderabad batsman who was able to challenge the opposition, was also dismissed. Bengal wicketkeeper batsman collected 44 runs. In the end, Hyderabad’s innings stopped at 134 for seven in the allotted 20 overs.
Hazlewood is one of the most successful bowlers in Chennai. He took three wickets. Bravo took two wickets. Mahendra Singh Dhoni set a unique precedent in this innings. Captain Cool became the first wicketkeeper to catch 100 catches in the IPL. As soon as Riddhi was caught by Rabindra Jadeja, he made his own.
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In reply, Chennai’s two openers Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have been batting in good form from the start. They focused on scoring runs fast. The duo added 75 runs in just 10 overs in the opening over. However, after that Rituraj was dismissed for 45 by Jason Holder. Later, Moin Ali, Raina and Du Plessis (41) lost wickets, but Dhoni had no difficulty in winning the match. Despite some pressure in the end, captain Dhoni won the match by hitting six. Among the Hyderabad bowlers, Holder took three wickets alone. Rashid Khan got the rest. As a result of winning this match, Chennai Super Kings maintained their top position in the league table with 16 points in 11 matches. At the same time, they also qualified for the play-offs.