In Match 46 of VIVO IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was on course for a total in excess of 190 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan’s half-centuries took them to 141 for 2 in 16 overs. However, CSK bowlers removed both and restricted SRH to 180. In reply, Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson pulped SRH — undoubtedly the best attack of the tournament — and walked away with a comprehensive win. Rayudu celebrated his return to the national side after three years with a scintillating 100 not out. This is his first hundred in IPL and only the fourth of the season.
Chasing 180, Rayudu and Watson took on SRH bowlers after a couple of overs of caution. The pitch had nothing on offer after some movement for the first 10 overs of the SRH innings. Rayudu and Watson helped themselves to a flurry of boundaries once they got their eyes in. Both batsmen looked in their elements and pounced on anything short. Even the slower balls, slightly awry, was sent across the ropes.
With this century, Rayudu made the fourth century of IPL 2018. Earlier this season, Shane Watson, Chris Gayle and Rishabh Pant have scored centuries. In today’s match, Rayudu has completed 500 runs in IPL 2018 Earlier this season, Rishabh Pant, Kane Williamson and KL Rahul have already scored 500 runs. Rayudu also completed his 250 rounds in this match. He has become the 22nd player to do this.
Rayudu had 3 fifties prior this season to this innings. He capitalised on this opportunity and registered three figures and finished the job for his side.
With this victory, CSK are on 16 points and strengthen their chances for the playoffs. They remain in the top two along with SRH.
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