IPL 2024: Ruturaj Gaikwad leads from the front as CSK catapult to third place in the table with 78-run win over SRH

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday registered a 78-run victory over touring Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to leapfrog three teams and climb in third place in the ranking. league standings.

Chennai made a daunting total of 212 runs relying on skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad's spectacular 98-run knock and Daryl Mitchell's 52 before Tushar Deshpande starred with a four-wicket haul to wrap up Hyderabad for 134.

CSK were put into bat as Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane got out to start the innings. SRH managed to dismiss Rahane early in the match through Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the veteran fell for 9 off 12 deliveries. Kiwi Daryl Mitchell replaced the Indian in the middle as Gaikwad took boundaries consistently as Chennai reached the 50-point mark in powerplay overs.

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Mitchell joined the act with a few boundaries, including a brilliant full-on maximum to welcome SRH skipper Pat Cummins to the crease. Gaikwad reached his half-century in 27 balls as he reached the landmark with a spectacular six into the crowd before raising his willow in jubilation.

The hosts took the score to triple digits in the 11th over as Mitchell landed a four off T Natarajan. The New Zealand batter increased the strike rate by bowling Shahbaz Ahmed to a couple of boundaries.

Mitchell brought up his half-century to keep the scoreboard going before he was undone by Jaydev Unadkat and Shivam Dube took his place.


Gaikwad peppered the star-studded stadium with some incredible cricket shots that oozed authenticity and orthodoxy as he continued his good form at home with the captain's armband. Dube settled in well before dishing out maximums while Gaikwad scored all around the park to help his team reach the 200-run mark.

However, a second consecutive ton at The Den eluded Gaikwad as Nitish Kumar Reddy caught him in the deep off Natarajan's last over. The crowd roared to acknowledge the skipper's knock and welcomed the new man, the man whose name was written on the back of every yellow jersey in the crowd, MS Dhoni.

The former skipper delighted the crowd with a boundary off the first ball he faced as he sent a delivery aimed at his trademark pads. Dube, who knocked on the selectors' doors ahead of the ICC T20I World Cup in just over a month's time with incredible power, notched his fourth maximum of the evening in the penultimate delivery before a single to polish the rounds with a total of 212 points.

SRH appeared to be up to their usual antics as Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma put on 20 runs in the first ten deliveries, but the crowd cheered with audible passion when the in-form Australian was dismissed thanks to a catch of Mitchell ahead of Tushar Deshpande.

The whistles echoed across the pitch and grew louder in the next delivery as Deshpande scalped impact bowler Anmolpreet Singh for a golden duck. It wasn't long before Deshpande completed his triple iron sending Abhishek back to the hut as Mitchell's steady pair of hands held the grip offered by the young Indian.

Aiden Markram and Nitish built a 32-run stand before the latter fell prey to CSK star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as Dhoni collected a high catch well short of his mark. The dangerous Heinrich Klaasen came out to take the place of his fallen teammate in the middle, but the South African partnership was broken fairly quickly as the ripper of a Matheesha Pathirana delivery left Markram perplexed and the Protea batter lost his middle stump to the seamer's yorker.

Klassen and Adbul Samad took the visitors to triple figures in 12.1 overs in an attempt to keep up with the increasing asking rate. However, the Chennai team managed to stifle the opposition's chase in the middle overs with a few tight overs as Gaikwad juggled his bowling options well.

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  • With the pressure mounting, Klaasen lost his wicket to Pathirana as Mitchell collected another catch in the deep as the Chennai faithful celebrated vigorously. Shadrul Thakur got on the scoresheet as he scalped Samad thanks to Samir Rizvi's catch at long-off to reduce Hyderabad to their last three wickets as Cummins took guard. The SRH skipper could not make a dent in the required score as he fell to Deshpande, the seamer's fourth scalp of the day, with Mitchell collecting his fourth catch of the day.

    Mustafizur Rahman got his first wicket of the evening with the dismissal of Shahbaz, who found Micthell in the deep for the Kiwi's fifth catch of the match. Chennai wrapped things up with the scalp of Unadkat, again against Mustafizur, as the hosts returned to winning ways with a margin of 78 runs.

    first publication: April 28, 2024, 11:57 PM IST

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