IPL 2018 Playoffs Score, SRH vs CSK cricket score: Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl first against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium in the first IPL qualifier. MS Dhoni justifying his decision to bowl first said: “It’s a 7pm start, and dew could come in later in the night. Credit to the team. We were lucky to get some good players performing at the start.” Chennai took the pitch with just one change- Sam Billings OUT! Shane Watson IN!. When talked to Kane Williamson about what would he have chosen if he won the toss, the skipper said:”We wanted to bowl first too. MS explained why nicely. We’ve tried to adapt to a variety of conditions, and we’re playing the same team.”
However, this is not their main concern. Their misfiring middle order is where CSK would like to capitalise on. Can Hyderabad overcome these shortcomings and press the reset button before the three lights go off?
10:38 pm: Kaul to du Plessis, 1 run, knuckle ball just outside off, and Faf manages to push it towards cover. Just a single on offer this time. CSK need 12 off eight balls.
10:36 pm: Kaul to Thakur, FOUR runs, low full toss outside off, and he’s edged it between the keeper and a fine short third man. It was a yorker just outside off, but Thakur manages to find some bat on it. He’ll take it. CSK’ll take it.
10:31 pm: Out of 102 balls bowled, only 35 faced by du Plessis.
10:28 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 42 runs with 3 wickets and 17 balls remaining.
10:25 pm: Kaul to Harbhajan Singh, no run, yorker, and just outside off. Harbhajan tries to open his bat’s face, to run it down fine, but misses completely! That’s zero off seven balls for Harbhajan.
10:23 pm: I think Bhajji’s inclusion will be questioned if CSK loses this match. Could have gone with a batsman instead.
10:21 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 47 runs with 3 wickets and 24 balls remaining.
10:18 pm: Rashid Khan to du Plessis, no run, quicker googly from Rashid, zips back in and pins the front pad below the knee-roll. The finger goes up. Faf asks for a review. No inside edge but this seems to be heading down the leg side.
10:13 pm: Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, FOUR runs, a bit too full and outside off, Faf gets under the length and scythes it up and over Williamson at short cover.
10:02 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 74 runs with 4 wickets and 42 balls remaining.
10:01 pm: Sandeep Sharma to Jadeja, OUT, another caught and bowled! The slower ball does it again. Back of a length on middle, but he’s through his front-foot defense too early. Tries to check his straight drive, but still can’t do enough. Hits the top half of the bat and lobs straight into Sandeep’s hands. Replays suggest that was the knuckleball
RA Jadeja c & b Sandeep Sharma 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00
10:00 pm: MSD astuteness as captain is questionable in this game. first Rayudu should have opened and Watson two down. Next he forgets the Rashid googly factor and goes tuk tuk instead of getting the spinner off his stride and should have used footwork and lofted the spinner rather than play from the crease. Third having lost top batsmen he should have come much later even after BRAVO and Jadeja who must have been instructed to be aggressive. Now the ONLY hope is for the SA captain Far to play his best.
9:47 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 90 runs with 6 wickets and 60 balls remaining.
9:45 pm: Rashid Khan to du Plessis, no run, full, and wide outside off. Tried the wrong’un, but doesn’t jag back so much. Driven with the bat’s open face to cover point this time.
9:43 pm: That’s the time out.
9:39 pm: Rashid Khan to Dhoni, OUT, Rashid bursts through the gate of Dhoni. Tom Moody in the dug out has a big smile and high-fives Hales. Another googly, good length, breaks back in from outside off, Dhoni does not read the variation either, reaches out for a drive and misses. Dhoni goes and with it CSK’s hopes?
MS Dhoni b Rashid Khan 9 (18b 1×4 0x6) SR: 50.00
9:40 pm: Chennai Super Kings require another 93 runs with 6 wickets and 11.2 overs remaining.
9:28 pm: Best bowling attack v/s best batting line-up… Game on with already three down and Afghan boy yet to come. Loving it.
8:44 pm: What a rescue act from Carlos Brathwaite. Sunrisers atleast have something to bowl at after stuttering through 16 overs of the game. Their top 3 failed, and expectedly their middle order did as well. Credit to the CSK pacers, though, who set the tone with the early wickets. DJ Bravo and Jadeja the stars with the ball – the big boys, like always, step up in the big games.
8:40 pm: Thakur to Brathwaite, FOUR runs, full, but wide outside off. This time Brathwaite expected the line, and carves it over cover! Properly muscled over cover.
8:39 pm: Thakur to Brathwaite, SIX runs, juicy full toss outside off, and that’s in his arc! Gets his front leg out of the way, and deposits this in the stands beyond long on.
8:33 pm: Bhajji looks so sad… No overs… poor guy. Hahaha. :p
8:31 pm: Thakur to Brathwaite, 2 runs, full, but outside off again. Tries for the big shot, and slices it over the infield. Bhajji cleans up at sweeper cover, but his throw is flat. Chance of a run out? Nope. Dhoni misses his flick, but Brathwaite’s big strides would’ve saved him anyway.
8:27 pm: Thakur to Brathwaite, SIX runs, Remember the name, part 2? Full on leg stump, and he gets his front leg out of the way, and thumps it into the midwicket boundary. The crowd’s come aliiive!
8:23 pm: So Harbhajan is playing as a batsman?” — well, you know how Dhoni is…
8:13 pm: Bravo to Pathan, FOUR runs, slower ball outside off, and the cut’s been slapped away! Enough room for the big man to finally free his arms, and that’s been drilled to the sweeper cover boundary.
8:07 pm: Tiki-taka works in Football not cricket, SRH should try and attack the bowlers rather than build pressure and succumb to it. 100-120 target is not going to stop CSK from winning.
8:02 pm: The way Chennai is playing, the question is, Can Hyderabad even cross 90?
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8:00 pm: Jadeja to Pandey, OUT, leading edge back to Jadeja! Good length on middle, and looking to work it towards midwicket. He’s through his shot too early, and the leading edge comes towards Yusuf, the non striker. But Jadeja scoots behind Yusuf and holds on to the offering. That’s no. 5!
MK Pandey c & b Jadeja 8 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
7:47 pm: This is the earliest Bravo has come on to bowl this season. Only once has he bowled before the 10th over throughout the league phase, and almost always, his bowling has been reserved for the death overs.
7:30 pm: So its all down to Pandey, Shakib and Yusuf. Their performances will decide whether they are going to their Previous Home (Eden) or not !
7:08 pm: Chahar to Williamson, FOUR runs, another attempted inswinger that finishes on the pads, flicked away again, this time fine on the leg side past the left of Dhoni for three successive boundaries.
7:07 pm: Chahar to Williamson, FOUR runs, Chahar goes wide of the crease, but this full ball holds its line outside off, Williamson leans into it and caresses a cover drive. There were four in the ring on the off side but Williamson still found the gap. That’s how good he is.
7:03 pm: Chahar to Dhawan, OUT, Perfect start for CSK and Chahar! Back of a length and angling away outside off from over the stumps, Dhawan chases it with a cut but is rooted to the crease as he throws his hands at the ball. He only ends up dragging it back onto the stumps. Chahar has his hands aloft and celebrates
S Dhawan b Chahar 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
6:55 pm: It could also be that Dhoni(Thanos) winning over SRH(Avengers) in the league stage was the first part and now the playoffs is the ENDGAME!
6:40 pm: CSK’s record at Wankhede in playoffs – Won in 2008 and 2011 while they lost in 2014 and 2015. Their overall record is also not great having won 5 and lost 6 here.
In 19 playoff games, Raina has scored 30+ on 8 occasions and has converted 7 of them into fifties or more
6.30 pm CSK win the toss and choose to bowl
Dhoni: It’s a 7pm start, and dew could come in later in the night. Credit to the team. We were lucky to get some good players performing at the start. We have one change: Watson comes in for Billings.
Williamson: We wanted to bowl first too. MS explained why nicely. We’ve tried to adapt to a variety of conditions, and we’re playing the same team.
Here are Chennai Super Kings and Surisers Hyderabad:
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicket-keeper), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson (captain), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T. Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.