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IPL 2018: Rayudu fire singes Sun

PTI
Published : May 14, 2018, 12:12 am IST
Updated : May 14, 2018, 12:12 am IST

Opener hits unbeaten ton in win over SRH as CSK close in on play-offs.

Ambati Rayudu scored an unbeaten century for CSK in their win against SRH. (Photo: BCCI)
 Ambati Rayudu scored an unbeaten century for CSK in their win against SRH. (Photo: BCCI)

Pune: Opener Ambati Rayudu smashed his maiden century in the Indian Premier League as Chennai Super Kings coasted to an easy eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to virtually seal a play-offs berth here on Sunday.

Rayudu, who has been in great touch this season, remained not out on exactly 100 which he made from 62 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes as CSK chased down the target of 180 with one over to spare.

The 32-year-old Rayudu stitched a 134-run stand with senior partner Shane Watson (57) for the opening wicket to lay the foundation of the comprehensive win. Watson, also one of the centurions of this IPL, hit five fours and three sixes during his 35-ball knock.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained not out on 20 from 14 balls as CSK reached 180/2 from 19 overs.

Rayudu carried his bat through the innings as he crossed 500 runs this season. He is on third spot among top run getters with 535, behind Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson (544) and Kings XI Punjab’s Lokesh Rahul (537).

The win by former champions CSK also snapped Sunrisers six-match winning streak this season.

The Sunrisers, who have already qualified for the play-offs, remained on top of the table with 18 points from 12 matches while CSK are at second spot with 16 points from the same number of matches.

Rayudu and Watson gave scant respect to the Sunrisers bowlers, touted as the best in this IPL, as they were rarely troubled by the bowling attack which had the likes of India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and highly-rated Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Bhuvneshwar had another rare poor day in office, after the treatment he got from Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant, as he leaked 38 runs from his four overs without any success.

Rashid went wicketless and conceded 25 runs while Bangladeshi left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was hit for 41 runs for no success.

Scorecard
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
S. Dhawan c Harbhajan Singh b Bravo 79, A. Hales c Raina b Chahar 2, K. Williamson c Bravo b Thakur 51, M. Pandey c Willey b Thakur 5, D. Hooda (not out) 21, Shakib Al Hasan (not out) 8. Extras: (lb3, w10) 13. Total: (for 4 wkts, in 20 overs) 179.
FoW: 1-18, 2-141, 3-141, 4-160.
Bowling: Chahar 4-0-16-1 (3), Thakur 4-0-32-2 (3), Willey 2-0-24-0, Harbhajan 2-0-26-0 (1w), Watson 2-0-15-0 (1w), Bravo 4-0-39-1 (2w), Jadeja 2-0-24-0.    

Chennai Super Kings: S. Watson (run out) 57, A. Rayudu (not out) 100, S. Raina c Williamson b Sandeep Sharma 2, M.S. Dhoni (not out) 20. Extras: (w1) 1. Total: (for 2 wkts, in 19 overs) 180.
FoW: 1-134, 2-137.
Bowling: Sharma 4-0-36-1 (1w), Bhuvneshwar 4-0-38-0, Rashid 4-0-25-0, Shakib 4-0-41-0, Kaul 3-0-40-0.

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