Chennai Super Kings
53 / 100

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a score of 202 runs for the loss of 2 wickets defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who made 189 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

This is the 3rd win of the CSK team in the 9 matches played in this IPL2022. Ruturaj Gaikwad has been able to display ‘stroke-play’ that has helped in this win for the CSK team. This was the 1st match with MS Dhoni as captain.

This CSK inning was vintage with a start that was slow but steady and accelerated through the ‘middle’ over’s. Gaikwad was dismissed when he was 1 short of a century and Devon Conway, the opening partner managed a score of 85 runs off 55 balls. These 2 managed to add 182, which is the ‘highest’ stand in this tournament. The 202 defense was definitely not easy.

Slow and Steady

The 40 runs for the loss of no wickets can be considered as a scor that is typical of the CSK team. Conway seemed to be even slower and this made Gaikwad a wee bit more assertive.

Washington injury

Washington Sundar got injured while he tried saving a boundary. He had not bowled at that time. This made Kane Williamson a bit confused as he could not decide on the 5th bowler.

Conway, Gaikwad break free

Aiden Markram came to bowl as the Washington’s replacement. He bowled his 1st over from the 8th over. The onslaught of Gaikwad started. Umran Malik was up first. His hard lengths and pace have been able to give the SRH team an edge. He was all set at 28 runs off 23 balls in the 8th over.

In this 8th over, Gaikwad managed to go over cover and then long on and took 13 runs. He also managed a boundary from the ‘quickest’ ball of this tournament. In 12 over’s the CSK team was 117 for no loss.

Bhuvaneshwar managed the 13th over sans any boundaries. Gaikwad seemed to slow down once he reached his 90 and at 99 he was dismissed.

Bad Luck

The SRH team had to be aggressive. Williamson managed a 6 and Abhishek Sharma managed 3 boundaries. He was also dropped. The powerplay inclined towards the CSK team even though the SRH team managed 58 runs in this.

The End Game

It came down to Nicholas Pooran and Williamson to play ‘blinders’. They had to make 101 in the last 8. Though they managed to hit a 6, they needed 78 runs from the last 6 balls. This is considered as manageable. Dwaine Pretorius seem to benefit from the ‘pressure’ and Williamson had to ramp. Washington and Shashank Singh were dismissed by Choudhary. They needed 50 of the last 2.

Pooran put in all his effort and managed to get a 50 in 29 balls but there was too much to be done. It was always tough to get 50 off the last 2 and this is what happened.