oh, he's done it! Bravo's done it. A yorker outside off that Rashid can only drill down to long-on. Bravo takes flight. So close yet so far for Sunrisers
Alright then, that's a wrap of this game. CSK reclaim their position atop the table. Much has been said of the composition of their squad, but they keep finding heroes each time they play. And it's a whole lot of guys that have stepped up at various junctures and not an over-reliance on one or two guys, which should augur well. We're almost ready for the evening's second game, so if you have the bandwith, do head over there. I need to grab some dinner.
Time for the presentations.
MS Dhoni, the winning captain, says: "I didn't want him to change his plans, basically. At times, even the best like Bravo, need advice. What's important is you make mistakes and you learn. At lot of times we have these debates, but a lot of times, when you make mistakes, the bowlers understand what we were talking about. I think the wickets have become better compared to the first few years of the IPL. The batsmen are bigger and stronger. I think we need to give credit to the batsmen and the bowlers are also constantly improving. But as we progress towards the knockouts, you will see the bowlers come up with new plans, and getting the big scores won't be so easy. What's important is to give these guys (Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur) some time. I want them to do well. Yes, there have been errors, but they will come back strong. Rayudu has been fantastic. One of the questions was where do we play him? And I have seen him bat up the order at No. 3. Whenever he plays the big shots, he maintains shape, which is very important. He can bat at all numbers, but I'd prefer to see him opening, where he looks very dangerous."
Ambati Rayudu is Man of the Match.
7.36pm Very little separated the two teams today. They both crawled for the early parts of their innings, and they both accelerated manically towards the end. And they both had two absolutely stunning innings of very high quality and class. In the end, it came down to the small margins, and those are the deciding factors more often than not in this format. CSK were brilliant at the death with the ball. As many boundaries as they conceded, their changes of pace and yorker game was spot on. But for that, SRH would have taken this.
A masterclass from Kane Williamson. It was almost flawless, as he displayed supreme mastery and control. And a gutsy effort from Yusuf Pathan who fought a bad back to keep SRH in it.
Let's not forget Deepak Chahar's brilliant spell. His three early wickets pushed Sunrisers completely onto the backfoot, and he was parsimonious in a big chase. And Ambati Rayudu in the first innings batted on another plane, smashing them long and hard when all the rest struggled to even turn the strike over. Of course, some very good support from Suresh Raina, and a sparkling finish from MS Dhoni.
Venky: "Vineet Kulkarni is a gonner.. It's now gonna be, 'Had he called a No-ball' "
Rummy: "CSK, please stop these last over finishes! Can't take it anymore."
Rahman: "Like Narine, SRH should open with Rashid "
Dhaval : "Surely KW has to be the Man of the Match. SRH were dead and buried if it was not for some brilliance from him. " Well, the same can be said about Rayudu and CSK. Not an easy choice.
Keshav: "The misfield by thakur has indeed sealed the game for CSK! Else Rashid could have had an extra ball! Phew! "
Stephen : "That waist high no ball would've made a difference. But such is life. SRH didn't bowl as well they would've wanted to. Hopefully they can arrest the slide. "
Can Rashid give Hyderabad the last-ball six?
slashes blindly at a wide fuller one and gets an outside edge that gets well past the left of short third man. Six off one!
Ten off two. A six and a four will do. Bravo and Dhoni get together for a conference. Tension high. A win for them will take CSK to the top.
oh, yes! Another big hit. Bravo sprays a short ball that's angled into him, and Rashid swivels and heaves a pull over deep backward square leg. What a strike! What drama!
Rashid can hit them long. Sixteen off three
full toss on middle, turned away to deep fine leg where there's a fielder guarding the boundary
low full toss, driven to extra cover, where Shardul Thakur lets it go through the legs. What a time for a misfield. Two extra runs!
that's the class and experience of Bravo at this stage of the innings. A wide yorker, sneaks under the bat. CSK need five more of these from him
DJ Bravo. 18 to defend.
Rashid Khan reminding people that he's still here, and as long as he is, write off SRH at your own peril. This one's a fuller one outside off, right in the slot, and just what the newcomer wanted. Frees up his arms and shellacks it straight over
Williamson had a control percentage of 100 against the CSK spinners. That's stunning!
slower length ball, flays a pull straight to deep midwicket
AmitG: "The Orange cap just about stays with Virat Kohli!!! KW - well played!"
gone, Yusuf's gone! The task was just too much. He had to go for it, and he's picked out extra cover. The knuckle ball. CSK's variations at the death have been nothing short of remarkable here. Yusuf slashes and gets the leading edge as Raina settles under it
full toss again, wants the wide yorker, fortunately for him, this is drilled straight back at him
full toss, the yorker gone wrong. You can't get an inch wrong here or you'll be punished. Yusuf whips it over deep midwicket. Oh, how the scales have tilted back and forth!
Rummy: "That's probably the only mishit in his innings. What class batting by Kane Williamson! "
another slower ball, full, drilled away to long-off. Hands the strike back to Yusuf
in the air and taken! Is that the match? Jadeja with a brilliant catch. Bravo slows it up, rolls his fingers on this back of a length delivery, and miscues the pull in the air. Jadeja charges forward and puts in a perfectly-timed dive forward to complete an amazing catch. CSK back in this. Remember, Yusuf is not at 100 percent
yorker on middle, flicked out to the square leg region. Well-bowled
Yusuf is still struggling considerably.
short outside off, tries to fetch a pull and drags it down the ground between long-on and long-off
another yorker, this one's angled into him, and Yusuf trickles it away to short fine who dives and can't stop it. Man in the deep throws it to Dhoni who flicks it back onto the stumps without even looking at them. But Yusuf desperately puts in a dive to save his wicket. Has he done damage to his back in doing that, however? He's down in significant pain again
wide yorker outside off, dug out back to the bowler
short, banged into him, that's tripe from Bravo. Yusuf swivels and helps this pull along to deep fine leg
Jigar: "Both Pathan and KW has proved time and again their worth and today is one more such day in office. It's SRH game to lose now."
beautifully bowled! Top stuff under pressure from the young quick. A very wide yorker again, and Williamson can do nothing about it apart from jamming the bat down and hitting the ground
very full outside off, Williamson walks across early and then ends up wearing it on the pad as the ball rolls away to short fine leg