Abhishek shines as Sunrisers thump CSK

Abhishek Sharma scored a maiden IPL half-century to guide the Sunrisers Hyderabad to a thumping eight-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League clash at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Saturday.

Sharma struck five boundaries and three sixes from 50 balls to help the Sunrisers reach 155 for two with 14 balls remaining after Kane Williamson had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Sharma and Williamson (32) started slowly in response to Chennai’s 154 for seven, scoring just 37 in the power play. But the pair built a solid foundation for the victory, adding 89 for the opening stand from 74 balls before Williamson drove Mukesh Choudhary (4-0-30-1) straight to Moeen Ali in the covers.

With CSK thinking that the wicket would bring them back into the match, Rahul Tripathi thought otherwise, striking five boundaries and two maximums from just 15 deliveries to end unbeaten on 39, clipping Dwayne Bravo (2.4-0-29-1) for the winning runs down to fine leg.

Sharma, who was the aggressor in the opening stand, brought up his fifty from 32 balls before pulling Bravo towards Chris Jordan on the mid-wicket fence with just 10 runs needed to win.

But Sharma’s brilliance at the top of the order was key to the Sunrisers’ chase as he and Tripathi added 56 runs for the second wicket from only 32 balls, thanks mainly to Tripathi’s energy at the wicket.

Earlier, Ali tried valiantly to keep the Chennai innings together with a valiant 48 from 35 balls, which included three fours and two sixes after the early loss of Robin Uthappa (15) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (16).

Ali and Ambathi Rayudu (27) tried to restore the innings and built a foundation with a third-wicket stand of 62 from 50 balls but the spin of Wahsington Sundar (4-0-21-2) and the pace of T Natarajan (4-0-30-2) turned the innings in Hyderabad’s favour.

Sundar, who accounted for the first wicket of Uthappa, had Rayudu caught at long-on by Aiden Markram, a replication of Uthappa’s wicket before Natarajan dismissed Shivam Dube (3), caught at short third-man by Umran Malik.

Markram (1-0-8-1) grabbed the all-important wicket of Ali, after having just been thumped for six over long-on, the South African part-time spinner looped the ball up again and Ali could not resist launching the ball down the ground but this time found Tripathi on the long-on fence.

Marco Jansen (4-0-30-1) accounted for the prized-wicket of MS Dhoni (3) as CSK fought to what many thought a par-score of 154 on a tricky wicket.

CSK remain winless after four starts, a first in their history, while the Sunrisers move up the log with their first win in three games.

Author: Brendon

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