Mustafizur shines again as Chennai go top three

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Mustafizur shines again as Chennai go top three

Mustafizur shines again as Chennai go top three

Mustafizur shines again as Chennai go top three

The Chennai Super Kings now hold the third spot on the table after a convincing win in their match. Following two consecutive losses, this victory brings a sense of relief for the team. On Sunday night, they achieved a significant 78-run victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first, Chennai set a strong total of 212 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. In response, Hyderabad was all out for 134 runs in 18.5 overs.

For Chennai, Tushar Deshpande took the highest number of wickets, claiming 4 wickets. Additionally, Mustafizur Rahman and Matheesha Pathirana each took 2 wickets.

Facing a challenging target at Chepauk, Hyderabad stumbled in the second over of their innings. Deshpande's consecutive deliveries dismissed Travis Head and Anmolpreet Singh early on. Another opener, Abhishek Sharma, also fell victim to Deshpande.

Hyderabad continued to lose wickets at regular intervals throughout their innings. Aiden Markram scored the highest with 32 runs, followed by Heinrich Klaasen with 20 runs, and Abdul Samad adding 19 runs, which collectively brought the team's total to 134. However, the team could not sustain their effort, and their struggle ended in the 19th over when Jaydev Unadkat became Mustafizur's second victim.

Earlier, having lost the toss and been put to bat first, Chennai was set on a course for a substantial total, guided by responsible batting from the captain. Although Ajinkya Rahane returned early for just 9 runs, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Daryl Mitchell formed a strong partnership. The partnership was eventually broken at a team score of 126 runs, at which point Mitchell had scored 52 runs off 32 balls.

Gaikwad continued to bat well, and alongside him, Shivam Dube started to freely score runs. The team's score rapidly approached 200. In the final over, Gaikwad was dismissed on the second ball; he missed a century, returning with 98 runs from 54 balls, which included 10 fours and 3 sixes.

On the other hand, Dube remained not out, scoring 39 runs from 20 balls, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also unbeaten, scoring 5 runs from 2 balls with the help of one boundary.