|Brendon McCullum Second IPL century|
Riding on fireworks by Brendon McCullum and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to put up 209-4 in 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In reply, despite captain David Warner’s knock of 53, the Hyderabad outfit could only manage to score 164-6. Chasing a huge target, all Sunrisers needed was a bit of resilience, which they failed to show. Mohit Sharma and Bravo scalped 2 wickets each.
For Chennai, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum continued his rich World Cup form, smashing his second Indian Premier League (IPL) century (56-ball 100 not out), while Dhoni slammed 53 runs in just 29 balls to ensure Chennai Super Kings (CSK)’s second successive league match victory.
After a winning start in the tournament, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first in their second match of the Indian Premier League, and that move worked wonders for the Yellow army. With Sunrisers leaving out Dale Steyn and Eoin Morgan, the pace attack was led by Trent Boult, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma. All of them failed miserably. Even, spinner Karn Sharma failed to leave a mark.
After clinching a 1-run win over Delhi Daredevils, a confident Super Kings pinned their hopes on the star-studded batting line-up to give them a good start, and with another win, captain Dhoni would be a happy man!
The destructive batsman’s latest belligerent knock powered the two-time IPL champions to a comfortable win. McCullum earlier scored IPL’s first century (158 not out) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first edition of the T20 tournament.
After their batsmen set the Sunrisers a huge target of 210 runs, CSK bowlers complemented their batters to contain SRH’s reply, restricting them to 164/6.
SRH got off to a brisk start but after India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal (28) they didn’t seem like coming close to chasing down the stiff target despite the valiant effort of Australian opener David Warner (53).
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Earlier, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat and his decision was fully backed by McCullum who batted throughout the innings, bludgeoning seven fours and nine massive over boundaries.
The right-hand dasher guided New Zealand to the World Cup finals only losing to champions Australia and he was at it again blasting the hapless SRH bowlers to all corners of the ground.
He put on a 75-run opening wicket stand with West Indian Dwayne Smith (27) and followed it up with a 60-run second-wicket partnership with newly married Suresh Raina (14).
That set up a strong platform for CSK to post a strong total and the McCullum-Dhoni third-wicket stand capitalised on it superbly, putting on a 63-run partnership.
Dhoni took over the mantle of big-hitting from McCullum from there and contributed 53 runs of the third-wicket stand, hitting four boundaries and as many sixes.
Chennai Super Kings- 209/4 (B McCullum 100 not out, MS Dhoni 53; T Boult 1/34)
Sunrisers Hyderabad- 164/6 (D Warner 53, S Dhawan 26; D Barvo 2/25, M Sharma 2/36)
Playing 11 of Match:
CSK: B McCullum, DR Smith, S Raina, F du Plessis, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, DJ Bravo, R Ashwin, M Sharma, I Pandey, A Nehra.
SRH: D Warner, S Dhawan, L Rahul, N Ojha, K Williamson, R Bopara, P Rasool, K Sharma, B Kumar, I Sharma, T Boult