CHENNAI: Dwayne Bravo consistently bowled in the block hole in a tense finish as Chennai Super Kings prevailed over a weakened Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs to consolidate their position at the top of the order in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.
Invited to bat after the coin landed in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson, CSK were well served by Ambati Rayudu’s smashing knock of 79 off only 37 balls and Suresh Raina’s brisk 43-ball 54.
The visiting team then stopped the hosts at 178 for six, with medium pacer Deepak Chahar doing the bulk of damage.
Needing 33 runs in the last two overs, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan blasted a six each off Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over.
Given the responsibility of bowling the final over with SRH requiring 19 runs, the composed Dwayne Bravo was hit for six and a four by Rashid to bring the equation to six off one.
Bravo managed to get it on the block hole and Rashid could only manage a single.
It is the first time in five seasons that SRH went into a game without the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner.
Earlier, the 25-year-old Chahar returned very impressive figures of three for 15 in four overs, his victims comprising Ricky Bhui, Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda.
For the home team, Williamson top-scored with 84 off 51 balls, but the effort was not enough to give his team victory.