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MS Dhoni’s return as Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) captain did wonders as they defeated the Sunrises Hyderabad by 13 runs to win their third recreation within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. After setting a mammoth 203-run goal, the yellow military restricted Kane Williamson & Co to 189 for six, sweeping away a exceptional win on Sunday evening on the Maharashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Pune.

Chasing a 203-run goal was by no means straightforward for SRH and the duo of Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma began off accordingly. They went berserk after inexperienced Mukesh Choudhary and debutant Simarjeet Singh, smashing a flurry of boundaries to carry a 50-run opening stand contained in the powerplay.

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They added 58 runs for the opening wicket earlier than the Choudhary broke the opening pair within the sixth over. Abhishek went for a lofted pull off a slower supply and was caught by Dwaine Pretorius on the long-on. The left-arm pacer struck on the very subsequent ball and acquired the higher of Rahul Tripathi for a first-ball duck, making a hat-trick likelihood for himself however he needed to look ahead to that as skipper MS Dhoni determined to herald the spin assault.

In the meantime, Kane Williamson was joined by Aiden Markram and so they added one other 30 runs to the whole. The partnership didn’t go additional as Mitchell Santner struck within the 10th over and bettered Markram for 17.

The dismissal of the South African batter made approach for Nicholas Pooran who, together with captain Williamson began to rebuild the innings. However as quickly as they acquired the rhythm, Pretorius trapped the latter and jolted SRH’s chase as soon as once more. Williamson missed out on a fifty, getting dismissed for 47 within the 15th over.

Now the onus was on Pooran’s shoulders however he lacked stable assist from the opposite finish. Choudhary returned to bowl his second spell and although he failed to finish the hat-trick, he triggered SRH’s middle-order collapse.

Earlier, CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway hammered the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling assault into submission, notching up a scintillating 182-run partnership, the best opening stand of the season, to submit an imposing 202 for two.

Gaikwad (99 off 57 balls) was at his damaging finest as he smashed six sixes and as many fours earlier than falling in need of a deserving hundred by only one run. His opening companion Conway, taking part in solely his second recreation of the season, made an unbeaten 85 off 55 balls studded with eight hits to the fence and 4 maximums.

Gaikwad was in his zone as he stood on his again foot, ready for the ball to return to him and performed some distinctive pictures to dominate the formidable SRH bowling unit. Something brief was pulled with immaculate ease, whereas pitched up deliveries had been handled with equal disdain as Gaikwad didn’t miss a trick to ship SRH on a leather-based hunt throughout his elegant innings.

Conway too confirmed nice temperament as he was the proper foil for Gaikwad. He bide his time initially earlier than going for the large pictures within the slog overs.

(With Company Inputs)

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