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IPL-2023: Chennai Super Kings won by 7 wickets against SRH: CM Stalin enjoy victory

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In IPL,Chennai Super Kings beat SRH by 7 wickets. In the 29th match held at Chennai venue, CSK excelled in both bowling and batting sections and showed its ability to easily win over SRH. Third win in a row. Tamil Nadu CM Stalin’s couple watched the match with interest.

Led by Ravindra Jadeja’s 3 for 22 and Devon Conway’s unbeaten 57-ball 77, Chennai Super Kings registered a seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai, on Friday. The visitors were restricted to 134 for 7 after being put in to bat, a total that was chased down with eight balls to spare. Despite the win, CSK remain in the third spot on the points table, behind Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants only on Net Run Rate.

In a bizarre change, SRH opted to open the batting with Abhishek Sharma and Harry Brook. There was a bit of movement on offer for the pacers, but SRH made a steady start. There were regular boundaries flowing in each of the first four overs, before Brook fell trying to cut Akash Singh hard through the backward point region. Nonetheless, with Abhishek Sharma going smoothly, the visitors managed to score 45 runs in the powerplay, for the loss of only a solitary wicket.

While Abhishek Sharma kept the scoreboard moving at a decent pace, Rahul Tripathi was struggling to get going against the spinners. A six and a boundary off Moeen Ali aside, he was struggling to rotate the strike and score boundaries off the others. By the end of the ninth over, when the first Time Out break was taken, SRH was comfortably placed at 70 for 1.

However, soon thereafter, the collapse began. In successive overs, Jadeja dismissed Abhishek and Tripathi. While the southpaw holed out pulling the spinner to Ajinkya Rahane in the deep, Tripathi top-edged a sweep to short fine leg.

Maheesh Theekshana applied pressure from the other end with a carrom ball, inducing an outside edge off Aiden Markram to the ‘keeper. MS Dhoni was back in action again in the over after that, stumping Mayank Agarwal – who had walked in to bat at No 6 – off Jadeja. In a span of 28 balls, SRH slipped from 71 for 1 to 95 for 5.

The late choke

Despite some batting credentials in SRH’s lower order, they struggled to get a move on. Pathirana and Theekshana kept Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen and Washington Sundar in check as the trio managed to help the side only to 134 for 7 – a total way below par.

Ruturaj, Conway end SRH’s hopes

In need of early wickets, SRH bowlers couldn’t pose ample trouble. With a low target to chase, Gaikwad and Conway even cut down on their risks. Despite that, they managed to score five boundaries in the first 14 balls of the chase. While Gaikwad kept the scoreboard moving, Conway slowed down briefly and was scoring at less than run-a-ball till the end of the fifth over, unbeaten on a 19-ball 18.

However, in the last over of the powerplay, he took down Jansen, stroking four boundaries – a pull and a lap through backward square leg, followed by two more guided through the region behind square on the off side. Sandwiching the four boundaries was a top edge that flew for a six behind the ‘keeper. That assault, in a way, ended SRH’s hopes as CSK powered to 60 for no loss by the end of the powerplay

SRH fight back

The visitors needed a bit of luck to end the first wicket stand, which had swelled to 87 by the 11th over. They got in the form of a run out at the non-striker’s end when Umran Malik failed to grab a straight shot from Conway and let it slip and hit the stumps while Gaikwad was short of his crease while backing up.

However, Mayank Markande struck twice in quick succession – dismissing Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu – and even tightened the scoring rate through his four overs. Rahane got a top edge to the slip fielder while Rayudu – who had survived a legbefore appeal on umpire’s call earlier in his innings – was cleaned up with a googly.

The dismissals were unlikely to trouble the hosts, but with Moeen Ali also struggling to middle the ball, CSK did reach a tricky position briefly, needing 11 runs off the last 14 balls and were unable to close the chase as easily as it seemed earlier.

Nonetheless, Conway released the pressure by cracking boundaries off the last two balls of the 18th over. Washington Sundar tried to delay the inevitable with three tight deliveries, but Moeen ended the contest with a swipe for a boundary over mid on.

Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 134/7 in 20 overs (Abhishek Sharma 34, Rahul Tripathi 21; Ravindra Jadeja 3-22, Akash Singh 1-17) lost to Chennai Super Kings 138/3 in 18.4 overs (Devon Conway 77*, Ruturaj Gaikwad 35; Mayank Markande 2-23) by 7 wickets

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