In the 23rd match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by seven wickets at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.
Chasing 172, the Super Kings got off to a flier after Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Faf du Plessis completely dominated the proceedings and took the game away from SRH. The pair added 129 runs for the opening wicket.
Both the players laid a strong foundation which helped CSK to get over the finish line easily. Ruturaj smashed 75 off 44 balls at a remarkable strike rate of 170.45, including 12 boundaries. On the other hand, Du Plessis scored 56 from 38 deliveries. He slammed 6 fours and one six at an impressive strike rate of 147.37.
In the end, CSK chased down the target in 18.3 overs with seven wickets in hand. For SRH, Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowler as he earned three wickets for 36 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Earlier, David Warner and Manish Pandey shined with the bat and hit respective half-centuries. While Warner smashed 57 from 55 deliveries with the help of three fours and two sixes, Pandey slammed 61 off 46 balls packed with six boundaries, including one six.
Later in the innings, Kane Williamson‘s fireworks powered SRH to post 171/3 in their allotted 20 overs. The Kiwi skipper scored unbeaten 26 from just 10 deliveries at a phenomenal strike rate of 260. He smashed 4 fours and one maximum.
For CSK, Lungi Ngidi picked up two wickets for 35 in his quota of 4 overs. All-rounder Sam Curran also bagged a scalp for 30 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) April 28, 2021
Really enjoying watching Ruturaj Gaikwad play. And credit to #CSK for staying with him in spite of an indifferent start to the tournament
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 28, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) April 28, 2021
What a show of strength this has been from @ChennaiIPL in #IPL2021 To talk of where they were placed in 2020 and to see the turnaround is brilliant. Back at the 🔝 again #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/ZqmuSNu22T
— Stay Home – Stay Safe – Get Vaccinated 🙏 (@hemangkbadani) April 28, 2021
All Over: In the first game of #IPL2021 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, @ChennaiIPL emerge victorious by 7 wickets as they outplay #SRH in all three departments of the game. https://t.co/dvbR7X1Kzc #VIVOIPL #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/JVa1vxhUg8
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2021
— Ridhima Pathak 😷 (@PathakRidhima) April 28, 2021
Kane Williamson is so much more than he's given credit for
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) April 28, 2021
Most consecutive wins for #CSK in an IPL season:
7 – 2013
6 – 2014
5* – #IPL2021
5 – 2009
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 28, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 28, 2021
5 wins in a row! CSK continue their impressive run. Not sure how many of us saw that coming. There are areas to work on but so far so good, getting wins are critical early in the tournament. Improvements coming and better games coming on the way. Well won, @ChennaiIPL!
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 28, 2021
What a knock by Ruturaj Gaikwad. Excellently played on the SRH bowlers. 75 in just 44 balls, a genius display of batting by him tonight.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 28, 2021