Priyam Garg, the captain of the U19 Indian cricket team who led them to the final of the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa, had played the innings of his life in senior cricket to get his team home against Chennai Super Kings in the match 14 of IPL 2020.
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs in a nail-biting match after both the team were on the verge of getting bowled out but somehow recovered to produce a close-fought match. Rashid Khan’s spell of 12 runs for no wicket proved crucial as it was pretty difficult for CSK to chase a hefty target in the end.
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After three matches, both the teams are at the bottom of the table with one win and two losses. Ambati Rayudu returned to the side after having a rollercoaster start to the IPL. He was the man of the match in the IPL opener against MI and then he missed the next two matches because of a hamstring injury.
It also marked the return of DJ Bravo who was sitting out on the bench because of a knee niggle and Sam Curran, his most-suited substitute was performing his duties. However, both Curran and Bravo played for Chennai.
Sunrisers Hyderabad innings – Youngsters stood when seniors fell
Youngsters getting their chance every year to showcase their talents and prove to their boards they are worthy of playing in tough situations and worthy of selection. That’s the beauty of IPL. From a team that contains the likes of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, you would expect someone to perform on the night but tonight when the seniors fail, two youngsters stood to the occasion and rescued the team.
Priyam Garg, 19, the boy who led the U19 team to the final of 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa, and Abhishek Sharma, 20, combined to build a partnership of 77 runs when the team score was 69-4 in 11 overs. They eventually took the score to a fighting 164-5 in the end.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, who had a wonderful season together last year, opened the innings for Sunrisers but the partnership lasted only for four deliveries. Deepak Chahar had hit the stumps of Bairstow on only the fourth ball of the innings pegging the SRH on the backfoot from the start.
A cautious approach then slowed the scoring-rate as Warner and Manish Pandey played carefully. Pandey was the first to go and then Warner also got out after scoring 28 runs off 29 balls in the 11th over. The very next ball, Kane Williamson was run out leaving the score to 69-4 in 11 overs.
The dismissal of Williamson combined the two youngsters, Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma. Started off slowly to build the innings. The 17th over of the innings produced 22 runs in the over. Sam Curran was hit for three fours (included one of a no-ball) and a six. Sharma became the second victim of Chahar in the 18th over. He scored 31 runs off 24 balls. Garg continued and took the score to 164-5.
Deepak Chahar was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets. Piyush Chawla was the most economical bowler for his one wicket. DJ Bravo, on his comeback and first match of the season, went wicketless in his four overs.
Chennai Super Kings innings – Powerplay vows for CSK as they lost three in a row
Chennai Super Kings is at the bottom of the table after three matches. A feat they are not accustomed to seeing. Three-time champions, five-time runners-up, only team that had qualified for the playoffs every single season since its initiation. And they still remained at the bottom of the table for now.
Shane Watson, who is having a very strange and quiet IPL, opened the innings with his new partner Faf du Plessis as CSK left Murali Vijay out for the game. Again, a slow start while chasing a big score. That’s not you win matches when chasing big scores. Chennai lost the previous two matches this way and this innings started in the same fashion as the previous two innings; slow start + losing wickets.
Watson, once again, went early getting bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his 1 runs off 6 balls. And soon the chase was in tatters. Ambati Rayudu, having recovered from a hamstring injury, came to the crease. Slow start built the early pressure that caused the wickets of Rayudu and a run out of du Plessis in the last over of the powerplay. After the powerplay, the score was 36-3.
Bringing Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni on strike, the pair again started to take some balls which eventually had the wicket of Jadhav who went after scoring 3 runs off 10 balls.
44-4 after 10 overs. Certainly, not the score you want when you are chasing 164.
In the meantime, Rashid Khan conceded only two runs in his first two overs.
The wicket of Jadhav brought Ravindra Jadeja on the wicket. In the next five overs, they score 35 runs but guarded their wickets to have a go at the SRH seamers in the death overs.
Required score: 86 from 30 balls
Rashid Khan finished his quota of four overs conceding just 12 runs, a decisive factor in increasing the required run rate.
Required score: 78 from 24 balls
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was struck for three fours on the first three balls and the over yielded 15 runs, the most of the innings so far.
Required score: 63 from 18 balls
Smocking fours and sixes are the only way out for CSK. Jadeja looking dangerous started the over with a four and six. But he was caught in the deep backward-square. Dhoni-Jadeja partnership produced 70 runs. Sam Curran smocked a first-ball six yielding a 19-run over.
Required score: 44 from 12 balls
Bhuvi is the 19th over man for SRH. After bowling a perfect Yorker first-up, he pulled out in his run-up, and in an effort to ball again, he pulled out again. He once again tried to finish the over but unable to do it. Khaleel Ahmed will do the remains of Bhuvi’s over. And he is smacked for four by Dhoni straight away. And he finished it off in style. A six on the penultimate delivery off the penultimate over and we are down to the final over. The over yielded 16 runs leaving 28 runs for the 20th.
Required score: 28 from 6 balls
It is veteran Dhoni versus 18-year old Abdul Samad. Oh, it is five wides off the first ball. Six off the next two balls but three singles off the next three balls had ended the match for CSK. Sam Curran did the finishes for CSK with a 6 over bowler’s head. 20 runs scored in the final over. SRH win by 7 runs.
Though not in the wickets-column list but Rashid Khan played its part conceding just 12 runs off his four overs. Thangarasu Natarajan picked up two wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was impressive but had to leave the field after returning with the figure of one wicket for 21 runs in 3.1 overs.
Priyam Garg, for his impressive 51 was declared the man of the match.
Man of the Match: Priyam Garg
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 7 runs
Points: Sunrisers Hyderabad 2, Chennai Super Kings 0