David Warner struggled to time for nearly 18 overs, which limited Sunrisers Hyderabad to a level below 171. A 129-point partnership between forerunners Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad helped the Chennai Super Kings absorb the fall of three quick wickets and get to an easy win.
Warner blows and blows
How many times have Sunrisers Hyderabad fans wished David Warner had come out sooner than him? Wednesday night was one of those rare occasions. He sighed, he screamed, he shrugged, he looked skyward – and struggled to hit the ball as cleanly as he would have liked. It was in many ways a torturous stay for Warner until he hit his 40s, when he finally managed to manage two. It turned out to be a mirage, as he again fell into a lull. The SRH captain fell to the 18th and his 57 balls from 55 restricted Hyderabad to a below-par total.
Manish Pandey didn’t have as many problems as Warner, who couldn’t synchronize his bat swing with the demands of the pitch and couldn’t find his timing all evening. Warner’s struggles seemed even more difficult when Kane Williamson got there right at the end and smoked four fours and a six into his 10-ball 26 so easily that Hyderabad fans might have wished Warner’s sacking had come in a lot more. sooner than he did.
Often times the left-hander was at the start of the shot and ended up out of sync and squirting. He continued to play hard at the ball, as usual, which only added to his misery. He didn’t hide his frustration – a sigh of relief and a glance upwards after hitting a six captured him. He tried desperately – retreat inside the fold or charge onto the track – but nothing worked. The bat’s face continued to close and the ball continued to escape the sweet spot. Throughout this struggle, however, Warner has referred to his 10,000th T20 and 200th IPL six.
His struggles were exacerbated by the intelligence of Chennai. They took over the ball, slid it away from him, forcing Warner to reach out – the width he would have relished on a normal day became elusive. Chennai also lined up well, especially the borderline runners, cutting potential limits to two. The noose continued to tighten on Warner until he finally succumbed.
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Unlike Warner, Williamson didn’t go too hard at the ball; instead, he got into smart positions – either around or a short walk from the track – and timed the ball in the holes to give Hyderabad a semblance of hope.
Chennai whistles victory
Gaikwad and du Plessis had no issues with the pitch or the bowling alley which was average. Hyderabad was short or wide, often both, and the couple thrived without much ado. Du Plessis broke it on the rise, Gaikwad continued to destabilize them and Hyderabad didn’t get many responses. Even Rashid Khan was guilty of playing short of bowling and the races continued to sink as Hyderabad succumbed to its fifth loss in six games.