Ruturaj Gaikwad’s cool quotient mixed wonderfully with the flamboyance of Faf du Plessis as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. ) in Delhi on Wednesday. Gaikwad was calm personified as he ripped apart the Sunrisers’ offense when he hit 75 of 44 bullets after Du Plessis (56 of 38) launched the initial assault, making a target of 172 easier than it was Actually. The victory was CSK’s fifth trotting, which helped them jump the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to the top of the table while SRH remained at the bottom.
If Du Plessis came down the track to smooth left arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith on a long top for a six, Gaikwad would swing and pull him over the deep center gate for a limit.
While Gaikwad’s inner and outer limit off Suchith on extra cover was a treat, the use of a crease to cut the launcher on the next delivery was equally delectable.
There was a stage at the end of the Powerplay, where Du Plessis had scored double the points of his younger partner but before we could strike an eyelid the Pune batsman was tied with the former captain of Proteas.
And after 50 years, Du Plessis enjoyed Gaikwad’s repertoire of hits from the best seat in the house. The temper was there for everyone to see and it would be understood why MS Dhoni was optimistic in giving the youngster every possible opportunity despite a dry run at the start of the tournament.
A pitch that his skipper Dhoni had called a little sticky before the start of the game looked like a batting paradise. The dew has played its part, but not an ounce of credit can be taken from the drummers.
As Rashid Khan (3/36) quickly represented Gaikwad after an opening stand of 129 points followed by Moeen Ali and Du Plessis, SRH captain David Warner had a resigned look on his face.
Previously, after going for the bat, the half-century contrast between Manish Pandey and skipper Warner with a cameo from Kane Williamson guaranteed a decent 171/3 for SRH.
Warner (57 of 55 balls) and Pandey (61 of 46 balls) added 106 points for the second wicket at Kotla, but it was Williamson’s 26 not on 10 balls and Kedar Jadhav’s 12 on 4 balls that ensured a competitive total for SRH.
Lungi Ngidi was the top bowler in CSK, returning 2 for 35 from 4 overs while Sam Curran (1/30) got the other wicket.
Warner, who ran 10,000 T20 runs in his innings, seemed frustrated at times at the inability to get up to speed on a track where the ball didn’t always hit bat. His 50th half-century IPL had three fours and two sixes, but that wasn’t his usual aggressive and lively move.
He couldn’t go there and his powerful punches went straight to the field players. Ngidi ended Warner’s misery by getting him caught by Ravindra Jadeja as the drummer attempted a bite on a wide delivery. Pandey, on the other hand, was faster.
Returning to the side after being dumped following a few irregular punches, the Karnataka right-hander showed intention from the start. He hit Moeen Ali for a whopping six early in his innings, but couldn’t get the big hits on a consistent basis.
Ngidi sacked Pandey for 61 thanks to an incredible effort from Faf du Plessis off the coast, with a diving effort.
Jonny Bairstow (7) fell early, looking to get down the field against Sam Curran and failed to control a pull shot which was caught by Deepak Chahar.
He couldn’t capitalize after a failure in the first class when Dhoni couldn’t keep a boost. Skipper Warner and Manish Pandey were overpowered and the first six passes resulted in 39 races.
Deepak Chahar (0/21) couldn’t provide the early breakthrough like he always does, but the other bowlers made sure SRH didn’t run away with momentum.
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