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IPL 2014 – SRH vs CSK: Clinical Warner, Dhawan Keep SRH Alive

By on May 23, 2014

Sunrisers Hyderabad 189 for 4 (Warner 90, Dhawan 64*) beat Chennai Super Kings 185 for 3 (Dhoni 57*, Hussey 50*, Smith 47) by six wickets…

After fifty matches, the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League is still alive and kicking. Sunrisers Hyderabad rallied around David Warner’s 90 and Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 64 to beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in Ranchi on Thursday and remained in contention for the play-offs. CSK, who are already through to the play-offs with eight wins in 13 matches, suffered their third loss in a row.

IPL 2014 - SRH vs CSK: David WarnerWarner came up with the goods yet again and hammered 12 fours and three sixes from 45 balls – an assault that left CSK bowlers in tatters.

Chasing CSK’s 185 for 3, SRH always looked in total control as Warner and Dhawan shared a 116-run opening stand.

While Warner played his natural game and made a mockery of a challenging chase, Dhawan showed calmness and composure at the other end and batted right through to complete victory with 6 wickets in hand and two balls to spare.

Such was Warner’s dominance in the opening stand that Dhawan could only manage 22 runs. SRH’s former skipper played the perfect supporting role to Warner, who became the first player to record six fifties this season.

Warner, who also became the fourth player to record 500-plus runs this season, was rightly chosen Man of the Match. The diminutive Aussie was especially severe on seamers Mohit Sharma and debutant John Hastings, scoring a total of 45 runs off the 21 balls he faced from them.

CSK spinners bore the brunt of Warner’s slog sweeps, three of those easily clearing the legside boundary. Warner, ten short of a hundred, played on to the stumps to give Hastings his first IPL wicket.

Dhawan, on the other hand, seems to have benefited a lot after the burden of captaincy has gone off his shoulders. Once Warner departed, he took on the mantle of scoring the quick runs and ensured the required run rate never went out of hand. Naman Ojha (19), Aaron Finch (7) and skipper Darren Sammy (0) came and departed while Dhawan kept the innings together. Venugopal Rao hit the winning runs with a four in the final over to seal SRH’s sixth win.

Earlier, half-centuries from David Hussey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni propelled CSK to 185 for 3. The two shared a quickfire unbeaten 108-run stand as the hosts scored 85 runs in the final six overs. The highlight of their stand was the final over of the innings in which Dhoni hammered Dale Steyn for 24 runs, en route reaching his first fifty of this season.

After an unchanged SRH opted to bowl on a damp-looking deck at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association stadium, CSK came out to bat with a new opening combination of Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis. The duo were off to a flying start courtesy three fours by each in the first two overs. Just when Du Plessis was looking at ease at the opening position, he was run out against the run of play as a straight push drive from Smith ricocheted off Karn Sharma’s fingers and hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end and the South African was short of his ground.

Smith, who had poor outings in his previous two games, look set to break the rut and get back among the runs. He took apart Jammu and Kashmir offspinner Parvez Rasool in his first over by hitting him for three successive sixes off his first three balls of the sixth over. All of those maximums were tremendously well-timed shots.

Next over, he nonchalantly on-drove leggie Sharma against the turn over deep long-on for six. Smith became the third player in the tournament to go past 500 runs after Glenn Maxwell and Robin Uthappa. However, SRH’s main spinner responded well two balls later by foxing him with a googly and trapping him lbw for 47 off 28 balls.

Suresh Raina was joined by David Hussey and the two started to rotate the strike with singles as Smith’s earlier onslaught had already boosted the innings. After a quiet period of 12 deliveries, Raina (4) tried to up the ante and he took the aerial route against Sharma but found Aaron Finch, running in from long-off.

Dhoni, for a change, got a chance to bat more overs and he started building a partnership with Hussey. The two quietly went about accumulating runs and CSK saw a period of seven overs between 8 and 14 in which only one boundary was hit. With the run rate hovering just above seven-an-over after 14 overs, Hussey and Dhoni decided to target Irfan Pathan. The left-armer was hit for a six by Dhoni and two fours either side of point by Husse. Next over, Hussey hit Sammy for two fours and Finch dropped Dhoni in the 17th over on 19. That chance proved very costly.

Hussey and Dhoni gathered 45 from the final three overs as the former reached his first half-century of the season in 33 balls with the help of two sixes and five fours. Dhoni, on the other hand, hit four sixes and two fours.

Karn was the lone bowler among the wickets, taking two for 19 in his four overs.

Source: gocricket

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