Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won by 7 wickets and 9 balls remaining.
The change in fortune for the CSK is due to the change in attitude, according to the coach, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni, the captain.
CSK has managed the ‘success’ climb to the top of the points table with another victory against the SRH team. 4-cotrasting half centuries narrated the story of the 7 wicket victory of the CSK team.
David Warner chose to bat first in the 1st game of the tournament in Delhi, as, according to him, they have not done so. This effort managed only 171 runs for 3 for the SRH team.
Warner scored a half-century with great effort and Manish Pandey managed 61 runs off 46 balls. Ruturaj Gaikwad managed 75 off 44, with twelve 4’s and not a single 6. Faf du Plessis also contributed with 56 off 38 balls. The strike rates of both the Super Kings were superior as compared to the SRH team and this set up the game for the CSCK team.
Pandey dawdles, Warner struggles
The 50 scored by Warner was the slowest in his career of T20’s. He managed this in his 50th ball. Though Warner did not lack any intent, he had bad timing. His frustration was visible in the innings. He tried going straight, deep and also across the line, but managed 57 off 55.
Pandey, on the other end, was fluent but did not exhibit any urgency. Though Warner was struggling, Pandey seemed to be quite content nudging along. As compared to Warner, he was definitely more stable. Though both of them added 106 runs for the 2nd wicket, they took almost 13 over’s to do so.
Du Plessis and Gaikwad once again
The struggles of the ‘top’ orders of the SRH team were stark as it was clear that the CSK team did not have to struggle at all. Though Williamson provided a sparkle, du Plessis and Gaikwad got smooth driving. Both of them seemed to complement each other perfectly. Gaikwad managed the spin of Rashid Khan and J Suchith, du Plessis, on the other hand, managed to punish Khaleel Ahmad, Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul.
Gaikwad took the attack to Khan and this was considered to be the most crucial byplay of the chase. The 4 overs of Khan were important for the SRH team defence. This was neutralized by Gaikwad by taking the full toll anytime Khan made a mistake. This was 3 times in his 2nd and 3rd overs, and this is when Gaikwad got the boundary.
Though Khan bowled quite well with his usual leg breaks, googlies and sliders, he could not stop the CSK team from going all the way. He managed to get Moeen Ali out on the slog and also pinned du Plessis with a googly. He ended up conceding 36 but took 3 wickets that were really important. Sadly, his quota of over’s were over by the 15th over. He had managed to slow down the CSK team.