11 April, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered their second successive win in the IPL league match defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs .
CSK bowlers backed the Excellent effort by their batsmen particularly the smashing 100 not out by Brendon McCullum, to register the convincing win .
McCullum was the Man of the Match for his swashbuckling ton.
After their batsmen set the Sunrisers a huge target of 210 runs, CSK bowlers complemented their batters to contain SRH’s reply, restricting them to 164/6.
SRH got off to a brisk start but after India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal (28) they didn’t seem like coming close to chasing down the stiff target despite the valiant effort of Australian opener David Warner (53).
Earlier, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat and his decision was fully backed by McCullum who batted throughout the innings, bludgeoning seven fours and nine massive over boundaries.
The right-hand dasher guided New Zealand to the World Cup finals only losing to champions Australia and he was at it again blasting the hapless SRH bowlers to all corners of the ground.
He put on a 75-run opening wicket stand with West Indian Dwayne Smith (27) and followed it up with a 60-run second-wicket partnership with newly married Suresh Raina (14).
That set up a strong platform for CSK to post a strong total and the McCullum-Dhoni third-wicket stand capitalised on it superbly, putting on a 63-run partnership.
Dhoni took over the mantle of big-hitting from McCullum from there and contributed 53 runs of the third-wicket stand, hitting four boundaries and as many sixes.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 209/4 (B McCullum 100 not out, MS Dhoni 53; T Boult 1/34), Sunrisers Hyderabad 164/6 (D Warner 53, S Dhawan 26; D Barvo 2/25, M Sharma 2/36)