Chennai Super Kings take off rapidly in chase


Rajasthan Royals rode on a heroic batting effort by Englishman Jos Buttler to edge out Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four wickets in a nail-biting IPL 2018 encounter at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. The way he goes about his business hitting the ball fairly conventional areas and hitting it hard as well, it was a great knock to watch, (even) if you are in the opposition team.

In the end, Buttler received Rajasthan within the lineup with a chunk to spare to continue to keep his aspect at IPL 2018 playoff contention.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings are among the top performing teams in IPL this season. The bowlers were instructed what to bowl: back of a length. They will need to commit and execute. Trying to spell out exactly the main reason for CSK's reduction, " the former India captain claimed that "the bowlers down us" by not executing the exact length of which they had to jar.

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SRH posted 179 runs for the loss of four wickets and then CSK reached 180 runs by losing two wickets in 19 overs. The SRH skipper opened the face of the bat to scoop the ball over short third man but he did not anticipate Bravo's athleticism, who ran almost 20 metres at full sprint from deep point to complete the catch with both hands and diving to his left. While the SRH bowlers have usually done the job for the team, in a previous few matches their batting has looked settled and in form.

Hyderabad got the much-needed breakthrough in the 14th over when Watson fell short of the crease as skipper Kane Williamson's throw from extra-cover ended the all-rounder's innings.

Rashid went wicketless and conceded 25 runs while Bangladeshi left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was hit for 41 runs for no success.

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But it is in their versatile bowling attack, the Sunrisers have been the pick of the teams. After beginning the season in cracking fashion, they have lost three games out of their last five and more often than not, it's the bowling that has let them down. Two successive sixes by Watson off Sandeep Sharma (1-36) - over fine-leg and mid-wicket regions respectively - in the third over of the chase signaled the side's intentions.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C ), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.

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