Super Kings v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 22, 2014

Warner keeps Sunrisers in the race


Sunrisers Hyderabad 189 for 4 (Warner 90, Dhawan 64*) beat Chennai Super Kings 185 for 3 (Dhoni 57*, Hussey 50*, Smith 47) by six wickets
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Sunrisers Hyderabad needed to win this game in Ranchi to avoid elimination and David Warner's punishing innings secured the two points that took his team to fifth place in the league. Chennai Super Kings' third successive defeat weakened their hold on second place, and narrowed the gap between them and the other contenders, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

While Super Kings relied on three batsmen to achieve a formidable total, Sunrisers needed only one to gun it down. By the time Warner was done, the game was all but won, and Shikhar Dhawan saw Sunrisers through to the finish with an unbeaten half-century that was the ideal foil to his aggressive opening partner.

Everything seemed to fall in place for Sunrisers at the start of the chase. Warner, who had scored 59 in his previous innings, began in high gear and received generous helpings of loose deliveries from Mohit Sharma and R Ashwin. He got the lion's share of the strike too, with Dhawan playing only 11 balls in the Powerplay, and powered Sunrisers to 64 in six overs.

With the pitch offering no movement for the seamers, Mohit gave Warner several opportunities to free his arms and paid the price by watching the ball disappear between point and cover. Unlike the previous game in Ranchi, there was no turn tonight, and Warner was able to hit Ashwin down the ground without risk. The serious acceleration came in the sixth over, from John Hastings on season debut, when Warner collected five boundaries in the Vs behind and in front of the wicket to pass fifty off 25 deliveries.

The other Super Kings spinners - Ravindra Jadeja and Pawan Negi - were also punished by Warner and by the time he dragged Hastings on for 90 off 45 balls, Sunrisers needed only 70 off 52 balls.

Having contributed only 22 to the opening stand of 116, Dhawan now took over, finding the leg-side boundary with regularity against the spinners to get to 50 off 40 balls. Though Sunrisers lost three wickets in 13 balls towards the end, the asking rate was entirely under control, and Dhawan ensured the job was done.

Given how rough the game was on the bowlers, the period between the seventh and 14th overs in the Super Kings innings was an understated yet defining period of play. Dwayne Smith had set off at cracking speed and Super Kings had scored 60 in the Powerplay, but the next eight overs yielded only 40 runs for two wickets, as MS Dhoni and David Hussey bided their time. Hussey was on 15 off 19 balls and Dhoni on 11 from 19 when they decided to accelerate, but perhaps they could have done more with the time they took to consolidate a powerful start.

Once they flicked the switch, though, Hussey and Dhoni were unstoppable. They targeted the gentle seam of Irfan Pathan and Darren Sammy, and the speed of Dale Steyn, alike. Five of the last six overs went for ten or more, and Dhoni saved his best for the end. He was striking at less than a run a ball at the start of the 20th over, but deposited Steyn's first ball over the midwicket boundary. Another six and a brace of fours followed as Dhoni took 24 off the final over - no batsman has scored more in a Steyn over in Twenty20 cricket.

However, while Super Kings may have left their surge too late on a placid surface, Warner wasted no time at all and won the game.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on May 23, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    how could not b defended 180+ runs at raanchi . very sad. well played warner. in 2013 Warner is d only player who performed consistently for Delhi still they have not retained or use rtm to him very sad

  • Ashok on May 23, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    @NareshKachavrapu & @Riddyman:I have not heard of Paramesvaran & his past performance. If he is the guy who fulfills this role it is fine. But bringing in any "New & inexperienced T20" guy is always a tough decision in a "Do or Die" final match ! Mishra is capable of producing real good spells when occasion demands. Eden Garden wkt. was spin friendly in the last match between KKR & RCB. For some reason Mishra has lost his form- after a long spell of consistently good performance. SRH bowling lacked a 5th bowler to support Kumar, Steyn, Karn & Rasool. Both Sammy & Pathan were wayward. Sammy(as a captain) cannot be replaced. Otherwise Henriques or Holder offer a choice. So it has to be a local player to replace another local. 2 Locals are Pathan or Venu/Rahul. I am disappointed in both Pathan & Sammy for their poor bowling form being former Test players. Why don't they try harder? SRH management will have the final say irrespective of our thoughts!

  • vas on May 23, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Other than Jadeja CSK don't have a big hitter after Dhoni. CSK badly miss bravo this time. He was excellent in the death overs with his bowling as well. Hope the think tank regroup and CSK comes out with sprited performances. All the best CSK.

  • Vijay on May 23, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    CSK must try the below option which has depth batting as well as bowling combination;

    Smith, Faf, Raina, Hussey, Dhoni, Baba, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Henry, Pandey.

    Fast Bowling - Mohit, Henry, Pandey Medium Face - Smith Spin - Ashwin, Jadeja, Hussey, Raina & Baba

    Batting always not a problem for CSK,

    Come on CSK let us try this and win this IPL

  • Arun on May 23, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    CSK is the team for regroup at critical stages to rock in the tournament till date. CSK did it in initial stage of this IPL7 and not it's time to show their character. Only worrying thing is the captain does not have small confidence on local players like Manhas / B.Aparjit / Shankar. Give them the stage to blast or fail irrespective of keeping them useless in the team especially Manhas. It is finally the mindset of team to change. This IPL is differ from the earlier one as the team due to different approch from the successful team. The team plays consistent cricket through out the innings got success. CSK done successfully only when when the openers fired. Every team promoted players like B.Aparjit / M.Manhas in this tournament (Manan, Saha, Rahul, Karun, etc). Finally win or loose we remain always CSK fan but losing without fight is uncharacteristic from CSK and heart breaking. If CSK win the last match in Bangalore that is the spark CSK needed badly now. But RCB players does SRH ;)

  • Lakshmi Narayanan on May 23, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Luckily despite all the thrashing CSK are in the play offs. Thanks to earlier matches. Hope CSK learns from their mistakes n correct themselves and lift IPL 7 trophy.

  • vas on May 23, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    For the captain to be effective in the field he needs a lively pitch so that he can use his bowlers judiciously. Otherwise, the mood many batsmen are in at the moment the balls will fly out of the park. Only the fans in the stand will be successful in catching the balls. Warners and maxwells and Simmonss will win the so-called team game single handedly. Matches are very interesting when bowlers have a say. Otherwise it will be cricket-come-baseball. Curators, please take note. Ranchi pitch was usually bowler friendly. Yesterday it looked very flat.

  • Android on May 23, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    CSK got what they deserved

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Saqib M Ibrahim your wish may come true next season as punjab kolkatta and chennai have already qualified one more win rr will be thro

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    CSK has great talent.But going wrong in selection, planning and execution. Dhoni should concentrate on his bowling resources. He should have three reasonably good pace bowlers and three good spinners at his disposal in playing XI. Ashwin,Jadeja and Badree seem to be the best of the lot as far as spinners are concerned.The three pacers can be Mohit, Pandey and one more of his choice. Mithun Manhas has very little role to play so far. His place can be used to include a bowler.

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