Manish Pandey returned to form with a classy 83 runs against Chennai Super Kings but his innings was of no value as Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers conceded the advantage to hand CSK their eighth win. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, however, bowled with a lot of heart, but couldn’t save his team from the loss.
David Warner (7.5/10): The David juggernaut moves on and how! More than Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Australians would be smiling at his moment. It wasn’t brash chutzpah, not the isolated show of taking down a player from the outset, rather it was the show of a mature individual who understood the slowness of the ball and decided that being out there was more important than putting on the show. His 45-ball 57-run innings provided Manish Pandey freedom of expressing himself.
Jonny Bairstow (4/10): When Don Bradman was dismissed for 0 in his last innings as an Australian cricketer, it was a rare moment of human failing that only added to his everlasting appeal. It would be far-fetched to compare the same with that of Jonny Bairstow, but in the last innings as Sunrisers Hyderabad player this season, he was dismissed for a two-ball duck and this tells a story. However, his performance behind the stumps was good enough to grant him a four on our rankings table.
Manish Pandey (9/10): Even though Bairstow’s dismissal came at the worst possible time, Manish Pandey’s innings was a breath of fresh air. The Karnataka batsman, for the first time this year, batted with no extra luggage on the back and succeeded in producing a gem of an innings, which produced an unbeaten 83 runs off 49 balls. Caressing through sweeper cover, he ensured that the off-side ring was active for him which allowed David Warner to pick singles and couples on a regular basis on the other side of the wicket.
Vijay Shankar (4/10): The World Cup spot is sealed but Vijay Shankar has left a lot to be desired. The propensity of throwing the wicket away despite being well set in the middle belies an exceptional natural ability to play orthodox shots along the ground. When Warner was back in the hut, Shankar did unleash some of his calming strokes to fill SRH dug-out in hope, but a length ball by Deepak Chahar lured him to a half-minded lofted heave over deep mid-wicket in the 19th over.
Yusuf Pathan (3/10): I have always been an advocate of not judging anyone from a four-five ball innings, but such was the importance of the five balls Yusuf Pathan faced today that I could hardly resist myself from asking “why?”. He might not read it, but for the fact that he screwed SRH’s ending after Vijay Shankar’s dismissal resulted in the total being a par at Chepauk.
Shakib Al Hasan (6/10): The Bangladesh all-rounder might not have gotten a chance to bat, but he ensured that he remained economical with the ball, which gave Rashid Khan a chance to go for the kill. His arm-ball was pretty effective against the right-left combo of Shane Watson and Suresh Raina. Sadly for him, others couldn’t take the benefit of his economical bowling.
Deepak Hooda (6/10): The Baroda all-rounder’s contribution to Sunrisers Hyderabad has been as scarce as a watering hole in the Serengeti. He comes out to bat at a situation when the good work has been done by the top order or there was nothing to do at all. Tonight was one such day as Hooda sat in the dug-out and kept on reflecting on his life, as has been the case for the most part of the league in the last couple of years. He was good on the field though.
Rashid Khan (3/10): When your best bowler is seeking mercy, asking to pick himself up, then you are really having a bad day. Sunrisers Hyderabad wouldn’t have thought the same in the first couple of overs, where CSK could manage only one run. But Rashid, instead of mixing up his variations, bowled cute flighted deliveries that resulted in the Afghanistan spinning giving away 44 runs off 4 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7/10): The best bowler in the match by a mile. Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball both ways - albeit not as much as he does in Hyderabad - on the dead tracks. When there was a bit of early movement available, Bhuvneshwar used a 6-3 field-set to tackle Watson and in the death overs, his roundabout inward angle tactics helped him stay economical.
Sandeep Sharma (1/10): One thing that was established last year that if there was no support for the pacers, Sandeep Sharma is not going to add too much to the team. The game at Chepauk tonight just underlined the same as Sharma focused on his slower balls more and that was easily dispatched to the stands by Shane Watson and Suresh Raina.
Khaleel Ahmed(6/10): After the World Cup snub, Khaleel Ahmed is performing better and the late swing that helped him carve a niche for himself in the Asia Cup is back to the fore yet again. At Chepauk, where there is no natural movement for the pacers, Khaleel used his natural angle to ensure that CSK was cautious at the beginning. There was so much he could do as other leaked runs to hand CSK their eighth win.
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