Pat Cummins’ captaincy shines after SRH beat both 5-time IPL champions MI and CSK

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) showed a positive performance to defeat the five-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.

Abhishek Sharma’s blistering start coupled with Aiden Markram’s composed half-century propelled SRH’s successful chase of 166 with 11 balls to spare.

CSK’s innings was marked by a steady start from openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra, who laid the foundation with a 48-run stand.

However, SRH’s disciplined bowling unit, led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pat Cummins, kept a lid on the scoring rate during the powerplay.

The middle overs witnessed a promising partnership between Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane, who added 65 runs in quick time. Dube’s explosive 45 off 24 balls provided the impetus to CSK’s innings, but their hopes of a commanding total were dashed by SRH’s brilliant death bowling. The visitors managed only 51 runs in the final seven overs, finishing with a modest 165/5.

SRH’s chase was a emphatic one, with Abhishek Sharma’s blistering 37 off just 12 balls setting the tone. Travis Head and Aiden Markram then took charge, ensuring a smooth progression towards the target. Despite losing Head in the 10th over, Markram remained composed, rotating the strike and finding boundaries at regular intervals.

Markram’s well-paced 57 off 41 balls, complemented by handy contributions from the lower order, sealed a comprehensive victory for SRH.

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