Chennai Super Kings 160-5 (Dhoni 67no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 159-6 by five wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai
A wonderful unbeaten half-century from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni drove Chennai Super Kings to a five-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad that extended their winning streak to four in a row.
Sunrisers, the tournament's biggest surprise package, pushed the two-time champions hard but were finally beaten when Dhoni smashed 14 runs in three balls to see his side past their score of 159 for six with two balls remaining.
He closed unbeaten on 67 in 37 balls and despite needing 15 to win from the final over, bowled by Ashish Reddy, he further enhanced his reputation as one of the game's greatest finishers by finishing things off with time to spare.
He hit seven fours and four sixes, having to rebuild the innings after the departures of Mike Hussey (45), Murali Vijay (18), Suresh Raina (16), Dwayne Bravo (7) and Ravindra Jadeja (1).
Earlier, Sunrisers welcomed Shikhar Dhawan back into the side and he made an unbeaten 63 in 45 balls to help Hyderabad recover from 37 for three as Mohit Sharma (2-33) enjoyed early success.
Bravo also grabbed a brace of wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin one before 36 not out from 16 balls from Ashish Reddy gave Chennai a testing target.
Unfortunately for Sunrisers, he proved to be less adept at the death with ball in hand and the team that has made a habit this season of winning games from seemingly desperate situations managed to lose one when they looked certain to prevail.
© Cricket World 2013
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