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Indian Premier League 2020 | Garg, Abhishek rescue SRH with fighting knocks

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Friday, October 2, 2020


A revamped Chennai Super Kings controlled the innings for a large part before youngsters Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma lifted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a competitive 164 for five in their IPL match in Dubai on Friday. Their top guns not contributing much, Garg (51 not out) and Abhishek (31) raised a 77-run stand for the fifth wicket as SRH collected 53 runs in the last four overs to make it a contest. CSK’s poor fielding towards the end helped SRH continue with the momentum as they dropped Abhishek twice. After struggling in their initial matches, CSK brought Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Tahakur for Friday’s game.

That CSK came into the match rejuvenated following a one-week break was evident with the way Deepak Chahar (2/31) troubled the SRH batsmen with his swinging deliveries. Sam Curran too showed control. Chahar was rewarded for his effort when he deceived Jonny Bairstow (0) with an in-swing ball that uprooted his stumps. Manish Pandey (29) was in good touch as he timed the ball nicely when pitched up and did not hesitate to play lofted shots while Warner worked the ball around. They managed 42 runs off the Powerplay overs. Pandey drove straight to Curran at mid-off off Thakur. Realising that time is ticking away, Warner tried to look for big shots but fell when Faf Du Plessis, jumped perfectly to catch him near the boundary ropes.

To make it worse for SRH, Kane Williamson (9) was run out next ball in a mix up with Garg. The responsibility to carry the team forward fell on the young shoulders of Garg and Abhishek, who did not disappoint. That Abhishek is talented is already known and the southpaw further enhanced his reputation with some confident and cracking shots. Garg too found his touch as he spent time at the crease. Dhoni surpasses Raina; becomes most capped player in IPL Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday became the most-capped player in the history of IPL with his 194 appearance in the popular tournament, surpassing Chennai Super Kings teammate Suresh Raina.

Dhoni, who has played every edition of the League since its inception, is into his 11th season with CSK, a side he has always captained apart from playing two seasons for Rising Pune Supergiants. As Dhoni took the field against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, it was his 164th game for CSK. He had played 30 games for RPS during the 2016 and 2017 editions. Raina pulled out of the ongoing edition, citing personal reasons.

Dhoni is the second most successful skipper in IPL history after Rohit Sharma, having led CSK to three titles (2010, 2011 and 2018) with a total of eight final appearances. Dhoni, individually has played, nine finals, which includes the 2017 edition summit clash for Pune Supergiants against Mumbai Indians. Scoreboard Sunrisers Hyderabad: D Warner c du Plessis b Chawla 28; J Bairstow b D Chahar 0; M Pandey c Curran b Thakur 29; K Williamson run out (Rayudu/Dhoni) 9; P Garg not out 51; A Sharma c Dhoni b D Chahar 31; A Samad not out 8. Extras (w-6, nb-2) 8 Total (For 5 wkts, 20 Ov) 164 Fall of Wickets: 1-1, 2-47, 3-69, 4-69, 5-146, Chennai Super Kings bowling: Chahar 4-0-31-2, Curran 3-0-37-0, Thakur 4-0-32-1, Bravo 4-0-28-0, Chawla 3-0-20-1, Jadeja 2-0-16-0.