IPL 2013: Chennai Conquer Fortress Hyderabad
Chennai Super Kings 223-3 (Raina 99no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 146-8 by 77 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Hyderabad
Chennai Super Kings got back to winning ways by puncturing Sunrisers Hyderabad's proud unbeaten run at home during the Indian Premier League 2013, convincingly running out 77-run victors.
In a clash between arguably the tournament's most powerful batting line-up and the competition's best bowling attack, Chennai, led by Suresh Raina's 99 not out, emerged well ahead.
Raina's 52-ball innings and 67 from Mike Hussey steered them to a ground record 223 for three before Hyderabad could only manage 146 for eight in reply.
They had briefly threatened through Parthiv Patel (44) and then Karan Sharma (39 not out) before their challenge faded and they now lie in fifth place, with an inferior net run-rate to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who also have 14 points.
Chennai, meanwhile, have moved further ahead of the chasing pack with 20 points and a healthy net run-rate.
Hussey hit five fours and four sixes in 42 balls as he and Murali Vijay (29) got their innings off to a bright start, making a mockery of Sunrisers' bowling attack.
Raina then played a gem of an innings, which included 11 fours and three sixes, taking full advantage of being dropped by Sharma to put Chennai in a commanding position.
Mahendra SIngh Dhoni (4) came in late, swung hard and was also dropped before being superbly caught by Sharma on the boundary and there was time for Ravindra Jadeja to make a quickfire 14 not out in six balls to further increase Sunrisers' misery.
Thisara Perera finished with three for 45 by dismissing Hussey, Vijay and Dhoni although the game was by then beyond them.
For them to have had any chance, they needed in-form Shikhar Dhawan to stick around but he was run out by Dhoni for just three.
Patel played a punchy knock of 44 in 30 balls with six fours and a six but as wickets tumbled at the other end, when he was out in the ninth over to Mohit Sharma (2-28, impressive again) the score was 64 for six and the game was clearly up.
Perera blasted 23 in 13 balls, Sharma 39 in 33 and Dale Steyn 14 in 13 but their cameos proved too little, too late and Chennai wrapped up a 10th victory.
Standings: Chennai Super Kings 20 points (12 matches played), Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals 16 (12), Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 (12), Kings XI Punjab 10 (11), Kolkata Knight Riders 8 (12), Delhi Daredevils 6 (12), Pune Warriors 4 (12)
© Cricket World 2013
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