The Chennai Super Kings are back again in the hands of MS Dhoni. Chennai won the tournament four times under his captaincy. But this season, Dhoni stepped down as captain of the CSK and was replaced by Ravindra Jadeja. However, CSK have not been performing well this season. They just won three matches and lost six. So, the board gave the captaincy to Dhoni again. As a result, Chennai beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first game under Dhoni’s captaincy.
Kane Williamson won the toss for Sunrisers Hyderabad and decided to bowl first. So, Rituraj Gaikwad and Devon Conway started the batting innings for CSK. For the first time in this season, Chennai had an excellent start. Both openers played brilliantly against the bowlers of Hyderabad. Rituraj Gaikwad started hitting from the beginning of the match.
On the other side, Devon Conway tried to give him support. His starting was a bit slow. But after a few overs, Conway also started playing aggressively. Both batsmen added 182 runs in the opening partnership. Unfortunately, Rituraj Gaikwad missed the century just for one run. He lost the wicket in the 18th over after scoring 99 runs for the team. On the other hand, Devon Conway remained not out in 85 runs. Relying on these two scores, Chennai Super Kings set a massive target of 203 runs for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Chasing down a giant target, the two openers of Hyderabad started hitting from the very first ball of the innings. The runs continued to come at a rate of 10 per over. But the flow stopped in the 6th over as Abhishek Sharma lost the wicket to Mukesh Choudhury. Before losing the wicket, he scored 39 off 24 balls. Sunrisers Hyderabad lost another player in the same over as Rahul Tripathi departed the pitch without scoring runs.
After that, the skipper tried to make a partnership with Aiden Markram. They added 20 runs together on the scoreboard. But Markram also departed in the 10th over. After a while, Kane Williamson also lost the wicket after scoring 47 runs for the team. However, Nicholas Pooran added some quick runs in the lower order. He scored 64 off 33 balls before the departure. But this wasn’t enough to win the match. Their innings ended in 189 runs. As a result, Chennai Super Kings won the match by 13 runs.