The Chennai opener carried his bat finishing unbeaten on 100. hitting 14 boundaries in his innings and sharing an opening century stand with Shane Watson (57), as the hosts chased down 180 in 19 overs.
Having been asked to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan and Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson’s 123-run second-wicket partnership helped the visitor’s post 179-4 but their often brilliant bowling line-up struggled to contain the hosts’ batsmen.
Hyderabad remains at the top of the IPL table, after losing just their third match, and Chennai stays in second but are only two points behind their opponents with two group games left. With moisture in the air and the possibility of rain later in the day in Pune, Chennai opted to bowl and Deepak Chahar took advantage of the swing on offer as he had Alex Hales caught at backward point for two.
Despite the early loss, the Sunrisers regrouped with Dhawan and Williamson, who were forced to play watchfully early on as seamers Chahar and Shardul Thakur produced a bowling masterclass.
The pair took advantage when the spinners were brought on as they accelerated, sharing a 123-run second wicket standing to hit 20 boundaries between them.
Faced with a potentially challenging chase, Watson and Rayudu took full advantage of the lack of moisture in the air in the second innings as they raced towards their target as both batsmen reached their half-centuries.
Although Watson was run-out and Suresh Raina was dismissed for just two, CSK captain MS Dhoni kept his cool – finishing unbeaten on 20 – as Rayudu scored just fourth hundred in the tournament.
MS DHONI’S MASSIVE SIX
But apart from Raydu’s maiden ton, there was something more special which took crowd’s attention too, yes it was another phenomenal biggie six by thala Ms Dhoni. It was the 17th over of the inning when young pacer Siddharth Kaul was finding a way to get Dhoni’s wicket but ended by getting hit by a brutal six by Dhoni on the last ball of his death over
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