Twitter Reactions: Chennai Super Kings assume ascendancy in Qualifier 1 at half way stage

Twitter Reactions: Chennai Super Kings assume ascendancy in Qualifier 1 at half way stage

Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen failed collectively in the first innings.

Carlos Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The stage was all set for the first game of the playoffs of IPL 2018. The Sunrisers Hyderabad faced off against the Chennai Super Kings in the marquee clash in Mumbai. Coming into the game, both teams knew that they will have two cracks at the IPL finals. However, there was no room for complacency and both sides arrived at the venue with the determination of making it to the finals.

At the halfway stage, the table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad would know that they have possibly messed up big time against the Chennai Super Kings in the game. The Sunrisers batsmen failed collectively in the first innings. With such a dismal batting show, they will now have to depend on their bowlers. Their bowlers have defended low totals in the season and are very much capable of doing it again. But they will be up against an in-form CSK batting lineup.

In the match, the Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni had no hesitation in opting to bowl first after winning the toss. He stuck to his winning mantra in the game. Much to his delight, Deepak Chahar struck on the very first ball of the match to send Shikhar Dhawan back for a golden duck. Kane Williamson joined Sreevats Goswami at the crease. A flurry of boundaries followed from both the stroke makers.

It was in the fourth over of the innings when Lungi Ngidi dismissed Goswami on 12. Three balls later, in the next over, Shardul Thakur accounted for the big wicket of Kane Williamson on 24 (15). The dismal batting form of Shakib Al Hasan and Manish Pandey continued in the season. While Shakib was dismissed on 12 by Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja sent Pandey packing on 8.

At 69/5 in 11.3 overs, the Sunrisers Hyderabad knew they had made a mockery of their innings. Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite then tried to hold the fort for a brief while. Pathan tried his best to stay at the crease but his stay of 29 balls could only fetch 24 runs for his side. Towards the end, it was a brilliant cameo from Brathwaite that took the SRH total to a respectable 139/7 in the stipulated 20 overs. Brathwaite top-scored for his side with 43 off 29 balls studded with a four and four maximums.

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