New-approach Chennai Super Kings strangle Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sam Curran's tone-setting 21-ball 31 at the top highlighted Super Kings' daring approach with the bat
10:11pm And that is all from our coverage. CSK are up to six points and finish tonight in sixth place, a spot below SRH on net run rate. See you tomorrow!
Jadeja: I'm very happy. When the team's under pressure and you perform with bat and ball, you feel happy. I kept backing myself, nothing pre-planned. Just look at the ball and hit. The wicket looked on the slower side, so I just looked to bowl at the stumps rather than give them room. It was a difficult wicket for batsmen, you couldn't hit through the line. I take great pleasure in fielding and always try and get catches and run-outs for the team.
Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match.
Dhoni: I think ultimately what matters is you get two points. What T20 has shown is you have a few games that don't go in your favour, at the same time sometimes you don't earn wins. Today we did well, with the batting intent. This was one game as close to perfect as possible. One or two overs we could have been slightly better, but it was a very good game. I think it was a par score. I usually assess scores depending on the first six overs. A lot depended on the fast bowlers. I told them to be expressive. You don't have to try and swing it. The wicket was two-paced. What was needed was good execution of the plans and they did that. To a big extent, yes [pitches like this help us]. We had that one space, the Indian batter - wouldn't have been fair to bat him 7 or 8 with Curran going up. that's why we had the luxury to play Chawla. Curran is a complete cricketer for us and you need that seaming allrounder. He strikes the ball nicely, he can bat up the order, he plays spinners well. He can give us those 15-45 runs if you need momentum. I feel as te tournament progresses, he'll get even more comfortable with death bowling. That's one of the reasons we kept him away at the death. There's plenty we can improve, but we are good right now. I think we need to think more about the process. You keep winning the games, the points table will take care of itself. No point looking at the table, but we'll still look at what we can improve. What's important is to not brush anything under the carpet just because you've won the game.
Bravo: I enjoy these moments in the game, especially the back end. But I've gotta give Shardul most of the credit, his over made the difference. Jadeja with the ball as well, and Karn Sharma. Also Chahar - when you have to defend 160 the powerplay is crucial. No panic today. We take it CSK was once in this position. At the end of the day, we break it down to mini-tournament. This game for sure was important, we get some confidence in the group. We had a different game plan, Sam Curran up the order. It worked and we're happy. The slower pitch didn't really mean much [to us] honestly, both teams have to play on it. Few years ago I played at Surrey and had both Curran brothers under my wings. We had a discussion - Sam's not getting much balls, Jadeja and me, why not send one up? It worked out nicely.
Warner: The chase didn't take flight. The wicket was a tad on the slow side. Without the extra batter, you almost err on the side of caution. We wanted to take it deep. But this is what happens in cricket, you can't win always. You've got one big boundary and you've got to rely on power, so obviously there are things we've to go back to the drawing board. I thought 160 was the right total to go after. Anything above that was going to be difficult, after we lost two wickets. If you've got teams that swing the ball, it's difficult to come at them. You've got to have clear minds, whether you're walking out or sitting deep in the crease. They're the challenges in the game. I think with our team and the depth that we have, we're always going to be one short either way. Would have been nice to have an extra batter today but you've got to weight the pros and cons.
9:46pm Their bowling was never an issue, especially at the death. And after batting first for the first time this season, CSK have managed to defend a total with a clinical bowling effort. It was Jadeja's cameo at the end that lifted them over 160, and that proved more than enough for CSK who had brought in an extra bowler tonight. On the flipside, SRH had taken a batsman out of their middle order. And these combinations all came together in CSK's favour. They could attack with the same bowlers for the entirety of the powerplay and those bowlers kept things tight, aside from getting Warner's wicket. And then, there was grip in the pitch and the spinners completed the job in what was a very CSK flavoured victory in the end.
Bravo to defend 22. Around the wicket.
DR7: "This is bizzare! Umpire withholding his decision at the last moment because if bowler's and Captain's protest!"
Abhay Paropkari: "How does an umpire get influenced by that to stop calling that a wide? That's just awful umpiring there. Baffling"
Sajib: "Very poor from Paul Reiffel. I can expect that from an inexperienced local umpire, but not from someone of his profile."
Tasmeem: "Umpire changed decision midway? Surely will be another talking point today."
Third man goes back, point is in. Extra cover and mid-off are in too.
Warner is off his seat
It's the same plan. Backward point on the boundary, so is cover. The line is going to be outside off and full.
27 off 12. Thakur will bowl the 19th.