Rayudu maiden IPL ton helps CSK beat SRH

Rajasthan Royals need to win against Chennai Super Kings in order to stay alive for Indian Premier League 2018 play-offs

The 32-year-old Rayudu stitched a 134-run stand with senior partner Shane Watson (57) for the opening wicket to lay the foundation of the comprehensive win.

CSK batting first put on a respectable total of 176 runs thanks to brilliant knocks by Suresh Raina, Shane Watson and captain MS Dhoni. While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan Royals, is set to feature in the playing XI against Sunrisers Hyderabad (CSK vs SRH), Willey's inclusion look hard as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket.

On a track where batting looked, rather easy in the second innings, CSK overhauled a stiff target of 180 runs easily and still had 6 balls to spare.

Outgunned by the swashbuckling century from Ambati Rayudu, Kane Williamson conceded that the Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by southern rivals Chennai Super Kings.

CSK also snapped SRH's six-match winning streak this season.

Despite the defeat, CSK continues to hold on to the second spot with 14 points from 11 matches.

However, the Sunrisers bowling unit has the firepower to outshine the Super Kings counterpart if the pitch assists slower bowlers.

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His uncomplicated approach was on display in the team's previous clash against Delhi Daredevils when Rishabh Pant smashed an audacious 128. Shakib Al Hasan contributed 8 runs off 6 balls with a boundary.

After Over 10: CSK 93 runs with no loss.

On what was an off day for their bowlers, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson had stepped up with the bat as Sunrisers gunned down a 188-run target easily, thereby showcasing their all-round might.

This was after Suresh Raina (52) played anchor during Chennai's innings and guided them to a defendable total.

Even experienced players Dhawan and Williamson found it hard to score off Chahar. The duo - who got together after Alex Hales (2) was dismissed by Deepak Chahar (1-16) in the 4th over - took time to settle in and ensured they saw off Chahar's spell.

Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh bore the brunt as they were given some treatment by Dhawan and Williamson who hit a few fours and sixes off them. He gave away 39 runs in his four overs but bagged the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. None of the SRH bowlers - with the exception of Rashid Khan - could contain Rayudu and Watson and only halfway through their defence, the visitors found themselves out the contest.

Dhawan hit the ball hard and amassed 79 runs playing just 49 balls and continued with his great form.

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