IPL 2020, CSK vs SRH: Priyam Garg's fiery 51, Rashid Khan's economical bowling help Hyderabad beat Chennai by 7 runs
Dubai (UAE) | Jagran Sports Desk: Priyam Garg's fiery 51 off 26 balls and an all-round effort from bowlers, especially by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan, helped Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday in the 14th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
While Priyam, who is playing his maiden IPL season, helped Sunrisers Hyderabad reach a respectable total of 164 in their 20 overs, Rashid Khan bowled quite economical to help his side beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs and win their second match in IPL 2020.
Earlier in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that looked good for defending. However, Hyderabad's decision to bat first was looking a disaster as the side kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
However, Priyam Garg smashed his maiden fifty on Friday's match, helping his side reach 164. He along with Abhishek Sharma steadied the Hyderabad's innings and helped the franchise reach a respectable total.
Chennai, though, didn't have a good start and lost the wickets of Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav early in the chase. Faf du Plessis, along with his skipper MS Dhoni, tried to steady the innings for Chennai but got runout. Later, the onus was on Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to take Chennai home.
Jadeja was looking good and smashed a fifty in just 35 balls to revive fans' hopes. He and Dhoni added 72 runs for the fifth wicket but could not take the side home. Jadeja lost his wicket to T Natarajan, ending the hopes for Chennai. Dhoni's side, in the end, fell short by 7 runs against Hyderabad.
Following the match, Dhoni said that he was "not able to middle a lot of balls", adding that it was difficult to hit the balls because of the pitch's slow nature. He also criticised his team's fielding and said that his side needs to work on a lot of issues.
"We need to take our catches not bowl no-balls. Those are the controllables and may be we are getting too relaxed. We have been a bit too relaxed at times. After the 16th over, we had two good overs but overall we could have been slightly better," Dhoni was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"Nobody wants to drop catches but at the same at this level, we need to draw a line and say these catches that need to be taken especially when the team hasn't been doing that outstandingly well. Catches that these can hamper your knock out stage games. It is very important to be at your best. There are plenty of positives in this game but we will try to come back strong," he added.
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner, on the other hand, praised his side for all-round performance in Dubai and said that the conditions were quite challenging on Friday.
"It was quite challenging, it's good to see swing up front. It's my message to the youngsters, to go out their and score some runs. These guys assessed the conditions and played well, so really really proud of them. These guys really work hard, they execute their yorkers, they excute their slower ones. These are the rewards we are getting, and hopefully we get the momentum going forward," Cricbuzz quoted Warner as saying.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 164 for 5 in 20 overs. (P Garg 51 not out, A Sharma 31; D Chahar 2/31)
Chennai Super Kings: 157 for 5 in 20 overs. (R Jadeja 50, MS Dhoni 47 not out, Faf Du Plessis 22, T Natarajan 2/43)
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