Hyderabad v Chennai, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 8, 2013

Raina, Hussey consolidate No.1 spot


Chennai Super Kings 223 for 3 (Raina 99*, Hussey 67) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 146 for 8 (Parthiv 44) by 77 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A predatory mauling that lasted for most of Chennai Super Kings' innings set up a mammoth 77-run for the visitors, who ruined Sunrisers Hyderabad's perfect home record and placed themselves on the very brink of another playoffs berth. Michael Hussey's 42-ball 67 fanned the sparks of a bright start into a roaring middle-over onslaught, before Suresh Raina acquired the bellows and set the stadium ablaze. At the close of the innings, he was one run short of a deserved hundred, having struck at over 190, and with the aid of a brief late burst from Ravindra Jadeja and a woeful Sunrisers attack, he had lifted his side to 223 for 3.

Sunrisers rarely looked capable of challenging that total during their response, and finished eventually on 146 for 8, now facing a steep climb into the playoffs, as their net run rate (-0.228) suffered due to the big defeat.

At the toss MS Dhoni said he had instructed his side to drive their 60-run loss to Mumbai Indians from their minds, and it is difficult to imagine how his side could have been more emphatically obedient. The same top order that succumbed to 40 for 6 in their last match appeared in supreme collective form in Hyderabad, and though their opponents were lacklustre at best, Super Kings' batsmen not only exacted a heavy toll from the bad balls, they heaped pressure on the bowling by creating their own space and blasting even good deliveries to the fence.

Ishant Sharma began the rot for Sunrisers on his way to figures of 0 for 66 in his four overs - the worst ever spell in the history of the tournament. Dale Steyn, who conceded only 17 in contrast, had begun the match with a maiden to Hussey, but the batsman quickly amended his strike-rate against Ishant, before his opening partner M Vijay exploited the poor bowling even more brutally in Ishant's next over, by hitting him for three consecutive on side sixes.

Hussey's knock was drenched in class. Running hard as always, and finding gaps with uncanny precision, Hussey moved smoothly through the gears after his slow start, and before long, Super Kings were hitting 10 runs or more an over as a matter of routine. The spinners were treated little different from the errant quicks - Hussey launched both Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma into the stands - before Raina came quickly up to speed and had eclipsed his senior partner before Hussey's dismissal.

Sunrisers continued to stray, though it must be said the flat pitch offered little wiggle room for bowlers, and Raina, moving particularly swiftly around the crease, rarely seemed to be breaking a sweat as he hit ball after ball to the fence. He tortured a broken Ishant in his final over, hitting four pretty fours and a slogged six, plundering 23 from that over for himself, though two wides added a couple more to the team tally.

Sunrisers failed to rally at any point after Super Kings had set off, and though Parthiv Patel gave the hosts a sliver of hope, as he set off quickly in their reply, the clatter of wickets at the other end snuffed that chance, and left them still outside the top four on the table. Super Kings consolidated their position at the top with 20 points, with three league games to play.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Logan on May 10, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I did mention that i would not be to fazed off if CSK lost ,although they are my favourit.SRH gives off their 100% with the limited resources that they have.Very few big name players.If Sanga was just 1/2 in form as he used to be ,I am sure SRH would have been just under CSK in points.

    Having watched the last game just brings to the fore brillant captaincy,team work at its best.No other teams in IPL have made it to all the IPL play offs, 4 times in the finals ,winning 2 cups and a CT20.Are they the Manchesters of IPL,I would like to think better.

    On player form,they need to experiment with death bowlers ,they give away a lot in the death overs and are fortunate that their batters negatate that.M Vijay looks out of sorts in the past few games,but what I remember him for is that he is at his best in the SF & F.I think he is all pumped up if its a must win situation which happens during the play offs.CSK must retain his services.

    Watch it RCB,RR & DD for the matches 2 cum

  • vas on May 10, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    If KKR get 16 points and others can't get 16 points to dislodge them it means others are not good enough. Last IPL, CSK got enough points to reach 4 th place. Others couldn't score more points/ run rate. So CSK was in the play offs. This talk of back door entry has no meaning. If you are in the top 4 by winning matches with good run rate you are better than others who couldn't make the play offs.

  • Insane on May 9, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    SRH and RCB one of them should win some games and knock KKR out. I hope they dont get back door entry, CSK were defending champs and got backdoor entry in 2012. KKR should be knocked out, CMON SRH

  • Insane on May 9, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    @JBSA Well said mate! great comment

  • Ashok on May 9, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Dhawan will be an ideal captain for SRH & also in future, for India. White & Sanga have alternated but neither is consistent in contributing. Why have foreign captains for a local team when they cannot get the best out of their team + barely justify a spot in the XI? Rohit Sharma after taking over the MI captaincy from Ponting won 4 matches in a row. Dhoni, Dravid & Kohli, Rohit Sharma captaining CSK, RR ,RCB & MI are the 4 top teams in IPL. Gambhir captaining KKR is the only non competing team with an Indian captain. So SRH owners must also make it their priority in having an Indian captain + having reliable foreign players who deserve a spot in the XI such as Steyn. SRH loss to CSK on an over whelming manner showed that bowlers like Ishant Sharma needed guidance from the Captain. When things are not going well, the captain should provide the calming influence. This aspect was sadly missing! I hope Srikant & Laxman from the bench noted how SRH wilted under attack from Raina.

  • Vasudevan on May 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    It was pathetic to see Ishant Sharma - one of the main bowlers chosen to represent India - being clobbered and taken to the cleaners. Sharma has not learnt despite so much exposure in domestic and international limited overs cricket. He will surely be one of the reaons when Indian bowling gets whacked all over the place during Champions Trophy. Please drop him from the side if that is technically possible, or make him 'get injured'.

  • Boromeo on May 9, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    CSK is the only team in this year IPL to keep the matches and their strategies simple. They are planned in advance even when they want to chase 120 or 190. Even though its a last ball finish, they select someone to finish the things off. Also this is the only team which has a disaster Plan B and managemnet plan. They have so far silenced Viru, Gauti, Kallis, Gayle, Sachin, DK, Rahul and few others. This team might not have the best bowling line up but when it needs to defend a score, they have performed 200% to their capability in the last 2 overs while defending. Dhoni juggles and plas his blinds very well. CSK is a team which plays to the weakness of its opposition by building over its strength

  • Thyagarajan on May 9, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Most often you realize you made a mistake only after the results are out. So if Sanga made a mistake in inviting CSK to bat, it became a mistake only after CSK scored 223. In T20, it might always help to know what you are going after rather than trying to guess what to set. So Sanga might have been right in deciding to field and that decision was fantastic until the end of the 1st over. After that it went from bad to worse.

    Vijay showed glimpses of what he can do and was unlucky to have got a bouncing ball from Perera. Hussey and Raina are yet to show what they cannot do. Dhoni had a ball while batting, all his hits were skyward bound and one of them had to be caught. When you lose your temper, when you are angry you are at your worst in performance. Steyn looked angry right through his last over and fed Sir Jaddu with some "hit me for 4" deliveries that spoilt his figures some what.

    CSK is at its best when they have just had their worst. Bring it on CSK!

  • Senthil on May 9, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Teams that MSD captains do not take the pressure off once they have gained some sort of advantage. CSK is the ultimate example of his captaincy, with the resources to back up the intent. They may go down once in a while, but very rarely does the team let up once they have their foot on someone's throat. Hussey batting out that maiden against Steyn was part of that strategy, knowing that the other bowlers will gain an advantage only if Steyn knocks over one or two quickly. What home advantage? SRH don't look happy at all, playing at home. CSK are dancing on everybody else's ground!