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Brilliant Buttler hits winning 95 not out in IPL

Brilliant Buttler hits winning 95 not out in IPL

Chennai Super Kings are virtually through to the play-offs as they hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday. Two-time IPL champions Chennai are now at second in the points table, and on Friday they got a defeat against Rajasthan Royals.

Chasing a competitive total of 180 runs, it was the 134-run opening stand between Ambati Rayudu (100 not out) and Shane Watson (57 off 35 balls), which guided the hosts home easily with an over to spare. Ambati Rayudu was excellent as he notched up his maiden T20 century and remained unbeaten until the end. Find us on Facebook too! However, Kane Williamson would want to keep up his 6 matches winning spree and would leave no stone unturned to win this game as well. Sunrisers sit on top of the pile with nine wins from 11 matches and are assured of a place in the playoffs while the Super Kings should make it as well after seven wins from 11 matches. Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs 5 more wickets to become the first Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler to take 100 IPL wickets.

After Samson was run out, Buttler took charge of the innings as he hit 11 fours and two sixes during his knock.

Bhuvneshwar had another rare poor day in office, after the treatment he got from Delhi Daredevils' Rishabh Pant, as he leaked 38 runs from his four overs without any success.

Overall, its Hyderabad's bowling unit led by the overseas spin twins - Afghan Rashid Khan and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan - who have been instrumental till now. While one of the maximums was over short fine leg as the bowler messed up the knuckle ball, the other was dismissed with a statement of "Don't bowl short to me" written all over it.

At the halfway stage it seemed as if Sunrisers had set a really challenging total for CSK, but Rayudu and Watson made a mockery of it. Rayudu set about destroying the bowling attack to all parts of the ground. We gained hit on 45 boundaries.

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But since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first we had the target to finish second and it is done on Thursday. United's first decent chance came at the midway point of the first half and fell the way of McTominay - but he arrowed wide.

Donning the Chennai Super Kings colours this season, Rayudu scored 535 runs from 12 matches in the IPL so far, with an average of 48.63, is the third-highest run-getter, after Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson (544) and King's XI Punjab opener Lokesh Rahul (537).

Put in to bat, the visitors lost Alex Hales (2) cheaply as the opener chipped an away swinging length ball from Deepak Chahar to Raina at cover-point in the fourth over.

Even experienced players Dhawan and Williamson found it hard to score off Chahar. Harbhajan gave way 26 runs from his two overs, while Jadeja leaked 24 from the same number of overs.

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Dhoni was, however, surprised that ball did not swing much when his side batted.