Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings lost their third consecutive match in the Indian Premier League going down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven runs in their fourth match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Youngsters Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma led the recovery for Hyderbad leading the 2016 chamions to a challenging 164-5. Bowlers then gave Hyderabad the desired start reducing Chennai to 42-4 before holding nerves in restricting them to 157-5 in 20 overs.
While Chennai remained at the bottom of the table, Hyderabad climbed to the fourth spot on net run rate following their second victory in four matches. Six out of eight teams are tied on four points.
Skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja brought back Chennai in the match with a half century partnership but with asking rate creeping up, Hyderabad managed to hold on. Afghan spinner Rashid Khan bowled crucial four overs that kept Chennai chase on check as the leggie conceded just 12 runs in four overs.
Jadeja, who did the bulk of scoring in their 72-run partnership, scored 50 off 35 with five boundaries and two sixes. After Buvneshwar Kumar trudged off the field bowling one delivery in the penultimate over and Khaleel Ahmed was brought in, Chennai managed 16 runs in the 19th.
With Dhoni on strike in the final over and 28 runs needed to win, Hyderabad bowled spinner Abdul Samad and witnessed a horrible start when the allrounder started with five wides.
After a couple in the second, Dhoni hit Samad for a four but the bowler did well to restrict Chennai to three runs in the next three deliveries to hand Hyderabad the victory.
Dhoni was unbeaten on 47 from 36 wth four boundaries and a six. Curran made a five-ball 15 with two sixes.
Hyderabad didn’t have best of the start after Jonny Bairstow (duck) played Deepak Chahar on to his stumps in the first over. Skipper David Warner (28) and Manish Pandey added 47 runs but Chennai hit back with quick dismissals of both set batsmen along with crucial run out of Kane Williamson (nine).
Pandey looked in fine touch hitting five boundaries in his 21-ball 29 but with top four batsmen gone for 69 runs, Hyderabad now needed their youngsters to deliver.
Garg and Sharma did exactly that. The two batsmen shared 77 runs for the fifth wicket to stage a fine comeback for Hyderabad. The 19-year old Garg was particularly impressive completing his maiden IPL half century and remained unbeaten on a 26-ball 51 with six boundaries and a six.
Sharma chipped in a 24-ball 31 and fell to Chahar after surviving two dropped chances in the same over. Sharma’s innings included four boundaries and a six.