IPL 2018: CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, consolidate top-spot

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The unsafe Watson was on his way.

Over 1: 2/0, CSK starts with 2 runs from this over. Think back to Manpreet Gony, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Sudeep Tyagi and you'll see one common thread: none of them (maybe with the exception of Mohit) went on to have great successes elsewhere in the IPL or with team India, but for CSK, they were more than worthy value additions.

Raina raised his first half-century in this year's IPL and hit five fours and two sixes before MS Dhoni gave the innings a ideal finish with a 12-ball unbeaten 25.

But Raina was just laying the platform for an extraordinary innings by Ambati Rayudu who tonked 79 off just 37 balls including nine fours and four sixes. Skipper MS Dhoni played a flamboyant cameo during the slog overs scoring 25 runs off 12 balls with 3 fours and a six.

Dhoni went on to praise Deepak Chahar and other bowlers, who held their nerve in the tense situation.

"The faith they (CSK) have in me pushes me to do a lot more", Rayudu said.

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It might still be early days in the tournament but the one thing that remains unchanged is Dhoni's faith in yet another internationally untested bowler and Deepak Chahar's consistency in repaying that faith is acting as an important factor in Chennai Super Kings' strong return into the IPL fold. Whenever he hits the big shots, he maintains shape. "He can bat at all numbers, but I'd prefer to see him opening, where he looks very unsafe".

Williamson scored a classy 84 off 51 balls and Yusuf fought a bad back to hit a rapid 45 off 27 before Hyderabad was restricted to 178-6 in reply to Chennai's 182-3. While his effectiveness with the old ball is yet to be tested, the T20 format allows his natural attacking style to flourish under the watchful eyes of captain Dhoni, who bowls him out within the first 10 overs.

In the 18th over however Bravo showed his class. Nevertheless, the third wicket pair raised 112 runs in 57 balls.

With Shardul Thakar removing the risky Pathan in the next over it was up to Bravo to defend 18 in over number 20. "He can bat at all numbers, but I'd prefer to see him opening, where he looks very risky", Dhoni said.

Pacer Dwayne Bravo finally got the better of the Hyderabad skipper in the 18th over with the hosts needing 32 off the last two overs. Where we are at this point, a few mistakes won't dent us.

All the front line bowlers of the Sunrisers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddhart Kaul, Billy Stanlake and Shakib-al-Hasan - have been among the top wicket takers so far this season though young Afghan spinner Rashid Khan is struggling a bit with just three wickets from four matches.