Dhoni dhamaka at Ranchi
CLT20: Chennai Super Kings Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad By 12 Runs. Suresh Raina's 57-ball 84 and MS Dhoni's 19-ball 63 followed by some impressive...
Ranchi: Suresh Raina's 57-ball 84 and MS Dhoni's 19-ball 63 followed by some impressive bowling helped Chennai Super Kings register a 12-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the CLT20 match at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday.
Chennai Super Kings fought back as they took five quick wickets to reduce Sunrisers to 138/5 after a solid first wicket stand in their chase of 203.
A goof up on the track saw Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Parthiv Patel getting run out after a brisk 88-run stand for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. Patel scored 38 of 28 balls before falling in the 10th over. In the end Darren Sammy entertained with a 25-ball-50 but Sunrisers restricted 11 runs before the target.
Earlier, Suresh Raina smashed a quickfire half-century while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced a belligerent unbeaten knock of 63 as Chennai Super Kings toyed with a listless Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack to post a massive 202 for four.
Raina's impressive 57-ball 84 was perfectly matched by Dhoni's pyrotechnics as the hard-hitting local skipper broke the spirits of the Sunrisers bowlers with his ruthless batting display.
Such was the brutality as neither speed nor spin provided any challenge to Dhoni as he decorated his 19-ball knock with an astonishing eight sixes. There was no mistaking the impact Dhoni's arrival had on the innings and no one could better understand it than Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera, who was smashed for five huge sixes in the 18th over. Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 202 for 4 (Suresh Raina 84, MS Dhoni 63, Dale Steyn 2/23) bt Sunrisers Hyderabad 190 for 7 (Darren Sammy 50, Shikhar Dhawan 48, Dwayne Bravo 2/34, Jason Holder 2/39).