Important talking points from Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

On Saturday, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 8 wickets at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, claiming their first victory in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

SRH chased down the goal of 155 with more than two overs to spare with Abhishek Sharma’s 75(50) top-order effort, which was ably supported by skipper Kane Williamson and Rahul Tripathi. SRH openers Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma began slowly with the bat, chasing a goal of 155.

SRH only managed to score 37 in the opening six overs, but the openers were still in good shape. With a six straight down the ground against Moeen Ali, Williamson established the fifty-run partnership for the first wicket.

Williamson chose to bowl earlier in the Toss, noting the “make-up of the side today.” SRH made two changes, replacing Abdul Samad and Romario Shepherd with Shashank Singh and Marco Jansen. One change was announced by Jadeja, who brought in Mahesh Theekshana to replace Dwaine Pretorius.

Robin Uthappa got off to a fast start but was halted when Washington Sundar entered the attack in the third over. Uthappa (15) attempted the shot but was only able to locate the man from long range.

As CSK posted just 41/2 in the powerplay, T Natarajan began off with a peach of a delivery, sending down a lethal inswinger to castle Ruturaj Gaikwad (16) with the first delivery in the 6th over.

Williamson inserted part-time offie Aiden Markram into the attack with two left-handers on strike, and the move paid off.

Moeen (48 off 35 balls) attempted to take on Markram (1/8), but he was only able to reach long-on. CSK were reduced to 110/5 after losing three wickets in three overs when Natarajan reappeared and dismissed Shivam Dube (3).

When looking to pull against Jansen in the 18th over, Dhoni (3) failed to get moving and found the fielder. In the 19th over, Jadeja smashed Natarajan (2/30) for four and six off the last two balls before succumbing to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/36) in the last over. As his team recorded an average total of 154/7, the CSK captain scored 23 from 15 balls.

Rayudu hit consecutive fours against Jansen to put CSK up 68-2 at the halftime mark. Rayudu and Ali swapped gears, allowing CSK to recover quickly. CSK were 97/2 at the end of 13 overs, having put on a fifty-run partnership for the third time.

After Rayudu was caught in the deep, Sundar brought the partnership to a close. SRH responded with two more wickets taken. As Natarajan picked up his second wicket of the innings, Moeen Ali was caught in the deep by Markram’s bowling. Shivam Dube was caught by a short third man.

In the 17th over, Bhuvneshwar gave only 4 runs before MS Dhoni was dismissed at the other end by Jansen, who took his maiden wicket of the season.

After Jadeja hammered a four and a six against Natarajan, the penultimate over produced 14 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Jadeja in the penultimate over, but CSK finished well in the first innings with a total of 154-7.

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