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Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets
CSK
176/4 - 19.5/20 ov
SRH
175/3 - 20/20 ov
Match 41, Chennai

The Sunrisers set a decent total after being sent into bat on surface that was more conducive to batting than usual and it was the visitors who had the better of the early exchanges in the second innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar began with a maiden over before Faf du Plessis ran himself out. All the while Shane Watson was having a torrid time of it.

 

However the seasoned batsman hung in there and found a partner in Suresh Raina to negotiate a tough period. The burly Australian eventually found his feet and the Watson who single-handedly won the final last year began to emerge as he took on pace and spin alike, peppering the cow-corner boundary with regularity. He fell just four runs short of a well-deserved century as CSK held their nerves to get home with a ball to spare/

Dhoni: "I think you can give individuals some games and the team gives them the rest. Watson has been a match-winner for us before. He has been batting well in the nets. The small innings he played so far, he was middling them well although he struggled a bit. This is the time when you need to back them. The management's thinking was to give him as many games as possible. And the team winning also means that a player gets more games than he would actually get. It's good to see different individuals step up every game."

Kumar: "I think that it was a par score on that wicket. There was dew on the ground but it didn't really bother us. The way Shane Watson batted we couldn't really do much. This is probably the first off day for Rashid Khan in three years. Anyone can have an off day. The credit goes to Watson. We will obviously miss Jonny Bairstow but we have players in the squad who can replace him."

MoM: Shane Watson

Chennai Super Kings win by 6 wickets

End of Over 20 - 9 runs, 1 wicket CSK 176/4
Kedar Jadhav11* (10b 1x6)
Dwayne Bravo*0* (0b)

It was a full one which Jadhav pummeled straight back down the ground and it ricocheted off Bravo but they managed to scamper through for the required single

19.5 S Sharma to K Jadhav, one run, 123.05 km/h full length just outside off stump.

Wicket! Rayudu went for the pull to the short one which got big on him and the ball went straight up. A simple catch with virtually all the fielders inside the ring

19.4 S Sharma to A Rayudu, WICKET!!! A Rayudu is out c Vijay Shankar b Sandeep Sharma.
19.3 S Sharma to K Jadhav, one run, 126.86 km/h full length just outside off stump.

Six! Jadhav walks down the track and takes on cow-corner. Mandeep Pandey thinks he's managed to drag it back in but replay shows that his foot was the ground beyond the boundary before he flung it in

19.2 S Sharma to K Jadhav, SIX, 109.94 km/h short length on middle stump.

The first ball is full and straight and Rayudu tucks it to square-leg for an easy single

19.1 S Sharma to A Rayudu, one run, 125.22 km/h full toss on middle stump.

A mighty fine over from the young Khaleel Ahmed with just four runs conceded. It's never over until it's over and that over will have made more than a few CSK fans and teammates nervous

End of Over 19 - 4 runs CSK 167/3
Kedar Jadhav3* (7b)
Ambati Rayudu*20* (23b 1x4)
18.6 K Ahmed to K Jadhav, no run, 116.34 km/h short length on off stump.
18.5 K Ahmed to A Rayudu, one run, 122.01 km/h short length on off stump.
18.4 K Ahmed to K Jadhav, 1 leg bye.
18.3 K Ahmed to A Rayudu, one run, 120.7 km/h short length outside off stump.
18.2 K Ahmed to K Jadhav, one run, 118.14 km/h good length going down leg.
18.1 K Ahmed to K Jadhav, no run, 120.81 km/h short length outside off stump.
End of Over 18 - 3 runs, 1 wicket CSK 163/3
Ambati Rayudu18* (21b 1x4)
Kedar Jadhav*2* (3b)
17.6 B Kumar to A Rayudu, no run, 132.26 km/h short length going down leg.
17.5 B Kumar to K Jadhav, one run, 133.51 km/h short length on off stump.
17.4 B Kumar to A Rayudu, 1 leg bye.
17.3 B Kumar to K Jadhav, one run, 132.41 km/h good length outside off stump.
17.2 B Kumar to K Jadhav, no run, 129.98 km/h short length on off stump.

Wicket! Oh no! The comeback-into-form century looked to be on the cards for the seasoned opener, however Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn't get the memo as he cuts the lengthy vigil four runs shy of the big one. It was a well-directed bouncer which 'Watto' top edged to the keeper who had to dive a long way to the leg-side to complete a splendid catch

17.1 B Kumar to S Watson, WICKET!!! S Watson is out c Jonny Bairstow b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 113.52 km/h short length going down leg.
End of Over 17 - 10 runs CSK 160/2
Ambati Rayudu18* (19b 1x4)
Shane Watson*96* (52b 9x4 6x6)
16.6 K Ahmed to A Rayudu, two runs, 118.63 km/h good length outside off stump.
16.5 K Ahmed to A Rayudu, no run, 119.52 km/h good length on middle stump.
16.4 K Ahmed to A Rayudu, no run, 118.09 km/h full length just outside off stump.
16.3 K Ahmed to S Watson, one run, 139.76 km/h full toss on off stump.

Six! Short and Watson was all over it with yet another pull into the mid-wicket region. It just sat up and begged to be hit

16.2 K Ahmed to S Watson, SIX, 121.11 km/h short length on middle stump.
16.1 K Ahmed to A Rayudu, one run.

Time for Sunrisers to rethink their strategy as we near the final few overs and runs required.

End of Over 16 - 15 runs CSK 150/2
Shane Watson89* (50b 9x4 5x6)
Ambati Rayudu*15* (15b 1x4)

Four! Dragged short and Watson is quickly down on one knee to play the power-sweep to backward-square

15.6 R Khan to S Watson, FOUR, 88.51 km/h short length going down leg.
15.5 R Khan to A Rayudu, one run, 96.51 km/h short length on leg stump.
15.4 R Khan to S Watson, one run, 95.65 km/h short length on off stump.

Six! In the slot and at this stage of the evening there was only going to be one result as Watson sent it into orbit on the on-side

15.3 R Khan to S Watson, SIX, 95.23 km/h good length on off stump.
15.2 R Khan to S Watson, two runs, 96.23 km/h short length on off stump.
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