Chennai beat Sunrisers with record partnership of Gaikwad and Conway

Pune, May 1 (PTI) Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway shared the season’s highest 182-run partnership for the first wicket and Mukesh Chaudhary’s four-wicket haul helped Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday. Sunrisers Hyderabad got back on the winning track after defeating Hyderabad by 13 runs.

Chennai made 202 for two when sent to bat first. Gaikwad missed his century by one run but played an aggressive innings of 99 off 57 balls which included six fours and six sixes. Conway played an unbeaten knock of 85 off 55 balls which included eight fours and four sixes.

In reply, Sunrisers could only manage 189 runs for six wickets in 20 overs. Nicholas Pooran remained unbeaten on 64 while captain Kane Williamson made 47.

For Chennai, Chowdhary took four wickets for 46 runs while Mitchell Santner and Dwayne Pretorius got a wicket each.

After leaving the captaincy of Ravindra Jadeja, incapacitated by poor form, the command of Chennai was again handed over to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who came back with a win. Chennai now have six points and five matches left, which means the road to the playoffs is very difficult. On the other hand, Sunrisers are in fourth place with ten points.

Abhishek Sharma (39) and Williamson gave Sunrisers a good start but Chowdhary got Sharma caught by Pretorius at long on while Rahul Tripathi returned with a catch without opening the account.

Aiden Markram hit two sixes but Mitchell Santner fell victim. With Pooran and Williamson at the crease, the match looked level. Williamson was dismissed by Pretorius in the 16th over. At the same time, Puran kept fighting the fort alone but did not get success.

Earlier, Chennai’s Gaekwad did not spare any Sunrisers bowler while performing brilliantly on the back foot. In the second over, Conway played him well and scored runs in the last over.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave 22 runs in four overs but he could not get a wicket. At the same time, fast bowler Umran Malik, who took five wickets in the last match, gave 48 runs in four overs and he did not get any success. T Natarajan took two wickets but conceded 42 runs.

Gaikwad opened his hands by hitting Marco Janssen for two sixes at fine leg. After the powerplay, Chennai’s score was 40 runs for no loss.

Conway continued to increase the run-rate by hitting Aiden Markram for a four in the final leg and hitting a six over his head. Malik also bowled the fastest delivery of the tournament but Gaikwad hit him for two sixes to reach his fifty in 33 balls.

After this, he hit Markram for two sixes in the 11th over to take the team past 100 runs.

Conway made good use of his sweep shots and completed his fifty in 39 balls by hitting Jansen for a six in the 15th over. He took 20 runs in this over by hitting another six.

Gaikwad, however, fell victim to ‘nervous nineties’ by taking a simple catch at point. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who became the captain again, landed at number three but returned by catching Malik off Natarajan’s ball.