The 2015 IPL weekend started off with a bang as Chennai Super Kings secured a sensational win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. A stand out innings by Brendon McCullum and some disciplined bowling from R Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo landed the win for Chennai Super Kings by 45 runs while David Warner’s fighting half century for the Sunrisers went in vain.
Opening partnership sets the tone for Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and decided to bat first. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith got off to an aggressive start, targeting IPL debutant Trent Boult in the first place.
McCullum and Smith managed to take the score to 75/0 after eight overs as the bowling attack which consisted of Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were struggling to contain the openers. The rampage from the duo came to an end in the ninth over when Trent Boult produced a direct hit from short third to dismiss Smith 27(26).
Raina departs early, MS Dhoni plays his part:
Suresh Raina joined McCullum in the middle but his stay on the crease was a short one. He was run out by KL Rahul for 14. Skipper MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order and his partnership with McCullum proved to be a game changer for CSK. They added 63 for the fourth wicket and this little partnership was all about Dhoni’s power-hitting. He clobbered leg-spinner Karn Sharma for huge sixes and McCullum at the other end was slowly inching towards his ton. Dhoni departed after scoring 53 off 29 balls and Brendon McCullum got to his 2nd IPL hundred in just 56 balls. The Chennai Super Kings posted a mammoth 209/4 in 20 overs.
An average start by Sunrisers
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad and were looking dangerous in the early overs. Warner was batting cautiously but Dhawan looked to be on a mission. He scored 26 from just 18 balls before being sent back to the pavilion by after Ravindra Jadeja caught a simple catch at backward point off Mohit Sharma’s bowling. The Haryana pacer struck once again as he got rid of KL Rahul 5(8).
Warner tries to rally the troops
Rahul’s dismissal left Sunrisers struggling at 46 for 2 which in turn bought out some impressive play from Warner. With some timely help from the new batsmen Naman Ojha on the other end, the Sunrisers were recovering well. Just when they seemed to be in a comfortable position, Ojha miscued a lofted hit off R Ashwin and the ball went into Mohit Sharma’s hands at long-off.
David Warner continued to wage a lone battle against the Chennai Super Kings and got to his fifty. The Hyderabad skipper was dismissed soon after, thanks to a brilliant catch by Dwayne Smith at deep mid-wicket. New recruit Ravi Bopara tried to up the run rate with some power hitting but could not hang in for long as he was clean bowled by Dwayne Bravo. R Aswhin and Ishwar Pandey piled up the pressure with some economical bowling in the middle overs and made the chase almost impossible for the Sunrisers.
Bravo brings the game home for the Chennai Super Kings
Dwayne Bravo dismissed Bopara 22(15) as CSK edged closer towards a win. Karn Sharma at no. 7 was dismissed cheaply for 4(6) by Bravo and the score board read 155/6. Suresh Raina, who took the catch of Karn, now has the most number of catches in IPL. Mohit Sharma came back to bowl the last over of the innings. The Sunrisers only managed 14 runs from the over and ended their innings at 164/6, thus handing the Chennai Super Kings a 45-run victory.
Brendon McCullum received the Man of The Match Award for his entertaining hundred.
Chennai Super Kings – 209/4 (20 overs)
Brendon McCullum: 100(56), MS Dhoni: 53 (29)
Trent Boult: 1/34
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 164/6 (20 overs)
David Warner: 53 (42), Shikhar Dhawan: 26 (18)
Mohit Sharma: 2/36, D Bravo: 2/25