Ambati Rayudu’s maiden IPL century saw Chennai Super Kings (CSK) sweep to an eight-wicket victory over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.
The Chennai opener carried his bat finishing unbeaten on 100. hitting 14 boundaries in his innings and sharing an opening century stand with Shane Watson (57), as the hosts chased down 180 in 19 overs.
After put in to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan and Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson’s 123-run second-wicket partnership helped the visitors’ post 179-4 but their often brilliant bowling line-up struggled to contain the hosts’ batsmen.
SRH remain at the top of the IPL table, after losing just their third match, and CSK stays in second but is only two points behind their opponents with two group games left.
Here’s is how fans on Twitter reacted to the match:
I am overjoyed for Ambati Rayudu. Was asked to perform a different role this year and has played it stirringly.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 13, 2018
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) May 13, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 13, 2018
Last 2 games the bowling has not been upto the mark for @SunRisers is it a concern? Batting has become better but bowling just might be a slight concern for Williamson. Well played Rayudu.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 13, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) May 13, 2018
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 13, 2018
From Rayudu… to Rayudid it! #100 #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 13, 2018
— Samantha Akkineni ♡ (@Khushal_Offl) May 13, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 13, 2018
A fantastic 💯!
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 13, 2018
Hats off Ambati Rayudu. Whattay innings.
— Vipul Goyal (@HumorouslyVipul) May 13, 2018
— RK (@RK_sports) May 13, 2018
What a knock, to smack the best bowling attack in the tournament all around the park, scoring your maiden IPL ton in the process, take a bow @RayuduAmbati! Well played, well played.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 13, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) May 14, 2018
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) May 13, 2018
Most fifty-plus scores by a captain in an IPL season:
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) May 13, 2018