The Super Kings missed an opportunity to seal a playoff berth on Friday, May 11, after failing to add to their tally of 14 points following a four-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals on the road.
Set a challenging target of 177, Buttler nearly single-handedly won the game for his team, scoring an unbeaten 95 off just 60 balls and hitting a crucial six in the final over of the chase to take the hosts over the line with one ball to spare. With nine wins out of 11 matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad have ensured their place in the Playoffs, but CSK are snapping at their heels at a close second, looking to leapfrog their southern rivals, and are one of only two teams to have defeated Kane Williamson's side in the competition so far.
Buttler and Sanju Samson then added 45 runs between then over the next seven overs before the latter was run out following a awful mix-up. Meanwhile, Watson accomplished his fifty in 31 balls and soon after Rayudu accomplished the same in as many balls. That back of the length was a hard one to hit. The Trinidadian bowled a slower delivery and Shikhar tried to reverse-paddle the ball only to find the hands of Harbhajan Singh.
The usually reliable Harbhajan Singh went for 29 runs for one wicket and was not called upon to bowl again although two overs of his four-over quota remained.
Offspin has worked against Dhoni (strike rate 92) and Suresh Raina (strike rate 112). However, the bowlers led them down as CSK failed to defend a good total. In their previous meeting, it was Chahar's opening three-wicket burst that had troubled SRH at Hyderabad, the bowler ending with figures of 4-1-15-3. This puts a black dot over the CSK's bowling form. Royals though stuck to their task cut and staged a good comeback in the second half of the innings, keeping Chennai to 176 for 4.
WICKET! Suresh Raina's stay at the crease has been shortened ashe is dismissed for two runs by Sandeep Sharma. But we realized that back of the length the medium pacers were getting more success.
The experienced India batsman adopted an entertaining attacking approach, plundering 52 from 35 balls before falling to a catch from Stuart Binny off the bowling of Ish Sodhi. While Shane Watson has already scored 34 runs from just 20 balls, Ambati Rayudu has been supporting well from the other end, with 19 from 16 balls. Thereafter, Rayudu smacked a couple of boundaries off Shakib Al Hasan, which got the hosts within touching distance.
The pitch got more and more hard to score off as the ball got softer. He put on 55 runs off 40 balls with Sam Billings (27 off 22 balls) to propel the Chennai innings.