A big surprise came during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings as MS Dhoni opted to rest and Suresh Raina led the side. He won the toss and opted to bat first. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson gave CSK a good start with a 79-run partnership for the first wicket. But both got out in quick succession and it opened a floodgate for Hyderabad bowlers, who dismissed five Chennai batsmen in no time. Ambati Rayudu didn’t lose his focus and took Chennai’s total to 132/5 in 20 overs. Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowler with two wickets at the cost of 17 runs in his four overs.
Hyderabad came with all guns blazing against Chennai bowlers. David Warner was the main destructor as he raced to his fifty inside the powerplay but fell soon after. Kane Williamson failed in the second consecutive game after his comeback but Jonny Bairstow was not in the mood to throw this start away. He remained calm and stroke to his personal fifty and took Hyderabad to pass Chennai’s total with six wickets in hand and 19 balls to spare.
Faf du Plessis (CSK)
South African batsman was top-scorer for Chennai. Du Plessis formed with Shane Watson to give a good start and shared 79 runs for the opening wicket in 9.5 overs. He scored a stroke-filled 45 runs off 31 balls, where he hit three fours and as many sixes. It was his innings, which was solely responsible for Chennai reaching 132 otherwise they could have been restricted for lesser runs.
Rashid Khan (SRH)
Afghani spin wizard forced Chennai batsmen to dance on his spinning balls. Rashid Khan came to bowl in the middle overs and immediately stopped run scoring. His double-wicket over, where he dismissed Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav, left Chennai searching for momentum. Rashid bowled 13 dot balls in his four-over spell, where he registered figures of 2/17.
David Warner (SRH)
Explosive opener laid the foundation of Hyderabad’s victory against CSK. Warner was hitting the ball from the first over and punished every bowler in the process. He scored yet another half-century in IPL 2019, which came off just 24 balls. Warner got dismissed in the last over of powerplay for exact 50 runs. He scored 10 fours during this innings.
Jonny Bairstow (SRH)
He was involved with David Warner to hammer Chennai bowlers in the powerplay and he was there to steer SRH pass CSK’s total. Jonny Bairstow played yet another match-winning innings in IPL 2019. He scored unbeaten 61 runs off 44 balls, where he hit three fours and three sixes to take his team home by six wickets.