The fourteenth edition of IPL had its fourth venue in the form of the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) capped off a clinical chase and registered their fifth successive win as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lost their fifth game.
David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first thus marking the end of the team’s five-game chasing streak. Manish Pandey and Sandeep Sharma were added to the squad in place of Abhishek Sharma and Virat Singh.
CSK welcomed back the overseas duo of Lungi Ngidi and Moeen Ali who replaced Dwayne Bravo and Imrah Tahir.
Sam Curran was able to snap the wicket of Jonny Bairstow early on. While Manish Pandey and David Warner were able to etch a big stand for the second wicket, the skipper struggled immensely.
Despite crossing 10,000 runs in the shortest format and registered his 50th IPL fifty, it was a sluggish knock filled with frustration.
Manish Pandey also marked his return to the squad with his 20th IPL fifty. A late cameo by Kane Williamson propelled SRH to a total of 171-3.
The CSK opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis looked at ease right from the start as they ushered the team to a 129-run partnership.
Both the players got to their fifties and du Plessis overtook Shikhar Dhawan for the Orange Cap.
A three-wicket burst from Rashid Khan came too late with Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja comfortably finishing the task for the team in the penultimate over.
Following the defeat, David Warner took full responsibility for the defeat that sends them back to the bottom of the pile.
I take full responsibility for the way I batted, it was really slow, found a lot of fielders and I got frustrated. The way Manish batted was exceptional. Kane got us to a respectable total, but I take full responsibility as it was a total below par.
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