IPL 2018: Match 46, CSK vs SRH – Most Valuable and Liable Player of the game

Rayudu-Watson's 134-run partnership overhauled Dhawan-Williamson's 123-run stand.

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Chennai Super King’s Dwayne Bravo celebrates fall of Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket. (Photo by IANS)

The Sunrisers’ winning run finally came to an end as the Chennai Super Kings became the first team to chase down the total against them this season. Yet another brilliant partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson helped SRH post 179/4 in their 20 overs. The total proved to be a little too little against CSK’s opening pair of Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. The pair completed the 75% of the chase after which the team lost a couple of wickets but Rayudu’s unbeaten hundred took them over the line with an over to spare.

Ambati Rayudu‘s batting form has been one of the talking points of the season that earned him an Indian call-up. The 32-year-old scored only 65 runs in his previous three outings and faded out of the orange cap race. However, he was back among the runs with his maiden century in Twenty20 format. Rayudu’s innings made him the Most Valuable Player of the match as he earned a value of 1.105 crores as per the CricTracker’s Player Value Algorithm. Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s opener Alex Hales turned out to be Liable Player scoring just two runs.


Shane Watson was the one who started aggressively before Rayudu carried on the responsibility of playing through the innings. He hit five fours and three sixes during his 35-ball 57-run knock which earned him a value of 65.5 lakhs. Sam Billings didn’t earn any value from this match as he didn’t get a chance to bat and didn’t make any contribution on the scoreboard while fielding. Deepak Chahar’s economical start earned him a value of 24 lakhs which is 4.2 times his average match salary.


The Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson pair was once again amongst the runs with a century partnership. Their acceleration in the middle overs was the reason while SRH posted their highest total of the season batting first. Dhawan once again looked in glorious touch scoring 79 in just 49 balls with ten fours and three sixes. His innings earned him a value of 87 lakhs while his skipper Kane Williamson’s match performances were valued at 64.25 lakhs that included a 39-ball 51.