CSK vs SRH: CSK Qualifies for Play-offs Gunning Down SRH by 6-wickets

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On Thursday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) became the first team to confirm their position in the play-offs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the UAE. CSK defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6-wickets in the 44th match of IPL 2021 to qualify for the play-offs.

In Sharjah, team CSK produced an all-round performance to dominate SRH players. Josh Hazelwood picked up 3 wickets for 24 runs including the big wicket of Jason Roy at the very beginning of the match. He also dismissed Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad to completely overthrow SRH’s batting order. On the other hand, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo again proved his class with 2 wickets for 17 runs. The fiery bowling performance of both of them restricted SRH to a total of 134.

The opening partnership between Rututraj Gaikwad (45 off 38) and Faf du Plessis (41 off 36) proved to be valuable for CSK. However, the senior batsmen Ambati Rayudu (17 not out) and MS Dhoni (14 not out) ultimately put an end to the 135-run chase. Dhoni finished the match in style with his trademark six.

CSK skipper MS Dhoni considered this match as a part of their promised comeback as CSK was the first team t5o get eliminated from the play-offs race in IPL 2020. He said, “It means a lot, because the last time, we said we wanted to come back strong. We are known for that and there was a lot at stake. You won’t always win games and a lot didn’t go our way last time, and it’s important not to make excuses and we have done that this year.”

Meanwhile, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming lauded Bravo for his controlled bowling at the death. “Really proud of how we finished, I think we won the last four games. In the first half of the tournament a number of things went wrong, and confidence was low but the way we finished gave us confidence. Even if it was a bad year we were one good win to make it to the SF,” he added.

In this match, Dhoni completed his 100th catch for CSK and became the first player to reach the landmark of 100 catches for a T20 franchise.     

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