11.4 overs: FOUR! Lucky boundary for Suresh Raina. Fails to read the googly from Rashid Khan. Gets the outside edge and the ball goes past the slip fielder and races to the fence. CSK 87-2
10.2 overs: WICKET! Faf du Plessis follows Shane Watson to the pavilion after two balls. Fails to connect Vijay Shankar’s delivery outside off. Edges the ball straight into the hands of Jonny Bairstow. Both the CSK openers are back in the hut. CSK 81-2
9.5 overs: WICKET! Shane Watson(39) misses a straight one from Shahbaz Nadeem. The ball crashes onto the off stump Watson fails to capitalize on the start. CSK 79-1
9.3 overs: SIX! Faf du Plessis is timing the ball beautifully at the moment. Charges down against Shahbaz Nadeem and hits him over long on to collect his third six of the match.
End of 9th over: Strategic timeout! Not a bad over this time from Sandeep Sharma. 7 runs from it including five singles and a couple. CSK 70-0
7.1 overs: FOUR! Shane Watson welcomes Rashid Khan with a boundary. Half-tracker from the leggie and Watson wasted no time on that one. Pulls it away through square-leg to collect his 4th four of the match.
End of 7th over: Big over from Shahbaz Nadeem comes to an end. 14 runs from it. 50 also came up for CSK in the last over. CSK 55-0
6.3 over: SIX! Incredible shot from Faf! Goes inside out against Shahbaz Nadeem and deposits the ball over long off for a six. CSK 49-0
5.3 overs: SIX! That was a monstor from Faf! Short from Khaleel Ahmed and Du Plessis launches it over mid wicket for a six. Both Watson and Faf are now finding it easy against SRH bowlers.
4.4 overs: FOUR! Second boundary of the over. This time its Shane Watson, who finds the gap through covers. Sandeep Sharma struggling with his line at the moment. CSK 23-0
End of 4th over: Another economical over from Khaleel Ahmed. Just 5 runs from it. Change in bowling for SRH. Sandeep Sharma comes in to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar. CSK 15-0
2.3 overs: FOUR! Shane Watson goes hard after the ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes over the vacant second slip region for a four. CSK 8-0
End of 2nd over: Tidy over from Khaleel Ahmed comes to an end. This has been a brilliant start from SunRisers. CSK 4-0
End of 1st over: Terrific over first up from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Just one run from it. Khaleel Ahmed will share the new ball with Kumar from the other end. CSK 1-0
0.4 overs: Shane Watson and Chennai Super Kings are off the mark on the fourth ball of the first over. Wide outside off from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Watson hits the ball towards third man to collect a single. CSK 1-0
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are out in the middle for Chennai Super Kings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for SunRisers Hyderabad. Here we go!
Playing XI for both the teams:
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina(captain), Sam Billings(wicket-keeper), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
SunRisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson(captain), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
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Team news: Yusuf Pathan and Shahbaaz Nadeem return for Sunrisers Hyderabad in place of Ricky Bhui and Abhishek Sharkma while Chennai Super Kings also have gone in with a couple of changes. Karn Sharma comes in the side in place of Mitchell Santner while Sam Billings comes in for MS Dhoni.
Suresh Raina: We are going to bat first. I think batting first is a good option on this wicket. I think we need to be good in the powerplay. It’s all about executing our plans. Dhoni wanted to take some rest, he’ll be back in the next game. Karn Sharma comes in the side in place of Santner and as Dhoni is not playing, Sam Billings comes in for him.
Kane Williamson: Good decision Suresh. We were going to bat first as well. It’s imporant to bowl first up and do the job. The top two have been outstanding. It’s a tough format, but the guys need to go out with freedom and express themselves. The guys are looking forward to tonight’s game. Ricky Bhui and Abhishek Sharkma are out, Pathan and Nadeem are in. So that we get the right balance.
TOSS: Stand-in skipper Suresh Raina calls it right at the toss as CSK opt to bat against SRH in Hyderabad.
The @ChennaiIPL led by @ImRaina have opted to bat first against the @SunRisers. #SRHvCSK https://t.co/yTaeth0pYF
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BIG NEWS: Suresh Raina will lead Chennai Super Kings in today’s match in the absence of MS Dhoni
Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
It will be an uphill task for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure a victory and get back on the winning track when they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Sunrisers, who secured three back to back wins after their loss in the opening encounter in the ongoing IPL, have failed miserably in the last three games. Their batting, which has been largely dependent on the destructive opening pair of Johnny Bairstow and David Warner, hasn’t been able to perform and appears to be in disarray as none of the other batsman have taken the responsibility and finish the games.
The Kane Williamson-led side are currently standing at the sixth spot in the points table, and would be desperately hoping to get a win under their bag and move up the table.
Chennai, on the other hand, is sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from eight games. The Men in Yellow will look to confirm their spot in the playoffs against the Sunrisers.
In the batting department, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and captain M.S. Dhoni have all been among the runs while the bowling has also looked pretty strong with Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh taking the responsibility and picking up wickets at regular intervals.
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