The Chennai Super Kings convincingly beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match four of the IPL as Brendon McCullum smashed a quick fire ton to maintain the Super Kings undefeated start to the tournament.
The New Zealand international scored the unbeaten 100 off 56 balls, which included smashing no less than nine sixes and seven fours with Dhoni’s side ending on a score of 209-4.
The Sunrisers could only put up a 164-6 in the chase with Mohit Sharma and Dwyane Bravo amongst the wickets, both picking up two wickets apiece.
The Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni winded back the years as he added to frustrations of the Sunrisers bowlers, smashing 53 of 29 balls.
David Warner’s Hyderabad put a strong side to face the most successful IPL franchise in history, but left out star names such as England skipper Eion Morgan and the number ranked Test bowler in the world, Dale Steyn.
The Australian led the chase with Indian Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the innings. Dhawan scored 26 in his 18-ball innings, before being caught at backward point of the bowling off Sharma.
The Australian, Warner maintained his resilience at the crease before falling for 53 of 42 balls – alongside the hopes of the Sunrisers chase.
England International Ravi Bopara scored a 22 off 15 balls in a quick fire cameo, clubbing two maximums in the process.
The victory for Chennai sees them take back the number one spot in the points table with four points. A win for Shane Watson’s Rajasthan Royals tomorrow against the Delhi Daredevils will see them back at the top of the table; overtaking Chennai.
Up next for the Sunrisers Hyderabad is a trip to Bangalore as they prepare to face the hard hitting Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 13.
Chennai on the other hand will take on the second most successful franchise in the IPL after the Super Kings, in the shape of the Mumbai Indians in Match 12 of this year’s tournament.
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