HYDERABAD: Dwayne Bravo consistently bowled in the block hole in a tense finish as Chennai Super Kings prevailed over a weakened Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs to consolidate their position at the top of the order in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here onSunday.Invited to bat after the coin landed in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson, CSK were well served by Ambati Rayudu’s smashing knock of 79 off only 37 balls and Suresh Raina’s brisk 43-ball 54.The visiting team then stopped the hosts at 178 for six, with medium pacer Deepak Chahar doing the bulk of damage. Needing 33 runs in the last two overs, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan blasted a six each off Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over. Given the responsibility of bowling the final over with SRH requiring 19 runs, the composed Dwayne Bravo was hit for six and a four by Rashid to bring the equation to six off one.Bravo managed to get it on the block hole and Rashid could only manage a single. It is the first time in five seasons that SRH went into a game without the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner.Earlier, the 25-yearold Chahar returned very impressive figures of three for 15 in four overs, his victims comprising Ricky Bhui, Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda. For the home team, Williamson top-scored with 84 off 51 balls, but the effort was not enough to give his team victory. Williamson found an able ally in Yusuf (45 off 27 balls) as they raised hopes of an SRH victory with a brisk 79-run stand for the fourth wicket.Requiring more than 12 runs in the last four overs, Yusuf blasted Bravo and Shardul Thakur for four sixes after Williamson picked spinner Karn Sharma for three maximums in the 15th over. Batting first, the duo of Rayudu and Raina added 112 runs for the third wicket as SRH struggled for breakthroughs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium after sending back last-match centurion Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis. While Rayudu hit four sixes and nine boundaries, the more experienced Raina found the fence five times and cleared it twice. Dhoni then blazed his way to a 12-ball 25, hitting three boundaries and a six, as the two-time champions crossed 180.CSK were off to a slow start as they could manage just 27 runs in the mandatory power play overs and reached 50 in the 10th over. However, they switched gears after that and were past the 100-run mark by end of 14th over, even as Rayudu brought up his half century in 27 balls.The century partnership needed 51 balls as CSK looked at setting a challenging target.
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