Hyderabad: Title contenders Chennai Super Kings put up yet another comprehensive performance as they thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs to assert their supremacy in the Pepsi Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Riding on Suresh Raina's blistering unbeaten 99 and Mike Hussey's smashing 67, Chennai Super Kings managed a massive 223 for three. Teams (JPN/Agencies)
The chase was out of question as Sunrisers lost wickets at regularly to restrict them to 146 for eight.
It was a match where CSK outplayed the home team in all departments of the game with consummate ease. While Raina and Hussey nearly batted the opponents out of the match, the CSK bowlers also didn't let the guard down as Sunrisers lost their first match at home.
While CSK with 20 points sit pretty at the top of the table, the huge loss should be a cause of worry for the Sunrisers as they remain on 14 points from 12 games. The margin of defeat however dented their net run-rate which dipped to -0.228.
The loss could also have an impact on Sunrisers' chances of qualification for the Play-offs during the home stretch of the tourney.
A target of 224 is as daunting as it can get and Parthiv Patel hit flurry boundaries initially although Shikhar Dhawan (3) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (3) were dismissed cheaply.
While Dhawan failed to beat rival captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's direct throw, Sangakkara's woeful season continued as he tried to sweep the ball and gave easiest of catches to Chris Morris standing at short fine leg.
To consistently score at more than 11 runs per over from the start is near-impossible and Sunrisers lost half of their side even before the halfway mark of the innings. Parthiv fought it out with a gutsy 44 off 30 balls with six fours and a six.
Earlier, Raina missed his second century of this edition by a run but sent the Sunrisers bowlers on a leatherhunt in company of 'Mr Cricket' Mike Hussey, who was in an equally punishing mood.
The duo added a whopping 133 runs in 12 overs to help the 'Yellow Brigade' reach an imposing target.
Needing five runs of the final delivery of the innings to complete his century, Raina hit his trademark uppish cover-drive to reach 99 off 52 balls with 11 fours and three sixes. Hussey, who again took the 'Orange Cap' back from Chris Gayle struck his fifth half century of the edition with 67 off 42 balls with five boundaries and four huge sixes.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Kumar Sangakkara, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma.
Chennai Super Kings: Mike Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramanium Badrinath, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma.
Hyderabad: Title contenders Chennai Super Kings put up yet another comprehensive performance as they thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs to assert their supremacy in the Pepsi Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Riding on Suresh Raina's blistering unbeaten 99 and Mike Hussey's smashing 67, Chennai Super Kings managed a massive 223 for three.