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IPL 2024, SRH vs CSK: Clever bowling by pacers, calm batting by upper order gifts second win to SRH

IPL 2024, SRH vs CSK: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings and move to 5th position in points table. Top takeaways for SRH and CSK from the match.

IPL 2024, SRH vs CSK: Aiden Markram scored fifty against CSK; SRH beat CSK |  Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Aiden Markram scored fifty against CSK (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: CSK - 165/5 (Shivan Dube 45, Ajinkya Rahane 35, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/28) lost to SRH 166/4 ( Aiden Markram 50, Abhishek Sharma 37, Moeen Ali 2/23) by 6 wickets.

Player of the Match: Abhishek Sharma (37 off 12)

The atmosphere was electrifying at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad as the IPL 2024 witnessed another Southern Derby between SRH and CSK.

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and put Chennai Super Kings to bat first. CSK fell 20-30 runs short as SRH bowlers starved CSK for runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Rachin Ravindra early in the match. However, Shivam Dube played a crucial knock of 45 runs off just 24 balls, which led to a spike in CSK's run rate in the middle overs before getting dismissed by Pat Cummins.

While chasing a target of 166, SRH started well with a quick knock from Abhishek Sharma. The top order augurs well, with Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, and Aiden Markram in fine form. The SRH batters smashed from the beginning, leading to a comfortable win. In Mustafizur Rahman's and Matheesha Pathirana's absence, a depleted CSK side slid to its second successive defeat on the road.

Key Takeaways from SRH vs CSK, Match 18, IPL 2024 - Winning team (SRH)

Wonderful display of slow & controlled bowling by Cummins, Unadkat, and Bhuvi

The thrilling encounter between SRH and CSK witnessed a wonderful slow and controlled bowling display. Pat Cummins, Jaydev Unadkat, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s economical spells made it difficult for the CSK batters to score runs easily. The match was a true showcase of strategic and skillful bowling from three experienced bowlers that left the opposition struggling.

Bhuvneshwar’s early strike in the innings provided a strong start to SRH. Cummins' ability to vary his pace and flight made it difficult for the opposition to settle into a rhythm, leading to a crucial breakthrough for Shivam Dube. Unadkat's impactful performance added to the bowling masterclass on display as he outfoxed another set CSK batter, Ajinkya Rahane. The Sunrisers bowlers also displayed a brilliant death over bowling. Contribution from other bowlers further enhanced the bowling dominance.

IPL 2024, SRH vs CSK_ SRH beat CSK and move to 5th place in table _  Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
SRH pacers bowled well against CSK (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Aiden Markram is among the runs that augurs well for SRH

Aiden Markram played a vital knock of 50 runs, making a notable contribution to SRH's victory. As a key player in the SRH batting lineup, Markram's consistency in scoring runs is vital. His contribution bolstered the team's batting strength. Sending him at No. 3 is a tactical move by the SRH management. Markaram enjoys batting in this position as he can use his full potential.

His ability to build innings and accelerate when needed has been instrumental in SRH's success, making him a key player to watch out for. Aiden Markram's presence in the Sunrisers Hyderabad team has brought a sense of stability and reliability to their batting lineup. His form will be one of the keys for the Sunrisers moving further in the tournament. 

Key Takeaways from SRH vs CSK, Match 18, IPL 2024 - Losing team (CSK)

CSK missed Mustafizur Rahman and Matheesha Pathirana in bowling department

CSK faced a significant challenge in their bowling department, which was without key players Mustafizur Rahman and Matheesha Pathirana. The match demonstrated the potential impact of missing the services of the key players on the team. With the unavailability of Mustafizur and Pathirana, CSK had to make changes in their bowling combination, which eventually impacted their performance.

They had to bring in Mukesh Chaudhary and Moeen Ali as their replacement in the playing XI, which affected their in-form bowling unit. The effect of these missing bowlers reverberated throughout the team, raising questions about the depth and effectiveness of CSK's bowling lineup.

Statistical Highlights from SRH vs CSK, IPL 2024
  • Pat Cummins registered his 50th IPL wicket by dismissing Shivam Dube.

  • For the third time in IPL, Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Ajinkya Rahane.

  • Among those who have played at least 200 balls between the 7th to 15th over, Shivam Dube has scored the third most IPL runs since the start of 2022.

  • Chennai Super Kings’ Mukesh Choudhary bowled the second-most expensive over of the IPL 2024 season, conceding 27 runs.

Points Table Scenario & What’s Next

With the impressive victory, SRH moved to the fifth position with four points. At the same time, CSK is in the third spot with the same points courtesy of their better net run rate.

Next up is the epic encounter between the two Royals, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). The former will host RCB at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, on Saturday, April 06.

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