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The fast bowler has impressed over the past couple of seasons and plays a key role for the Sunrisers' much-vaunted attack as shown by his 13 wickets in this year's competition. He was struggling and was playing at a score of 2 runs after 9 balls.
Shane Watson gave Rayudu good support with the Australian striking 57 and the duo putting on 134 for the first wicket to get the run-chase off to the ideal start for the men in yellow.
They reached the target of 176 on the fifth ball of the last over.
Rayudu nearly played a second fiddle to Shane Watson in the powerplay overs before taking on Siddarth Kaul in the 7th over where he earned 16 runs and got the momentum going his way. However, the bowlers led them down as Chennai failed to defend a good total.
In pursuit of Hyderabad's 179/4, it was the Chennai openers who gave their side a flying start, forging a match-winning 134-run partnership. He was visibly frustrated as Royals' batsmen Jos Buttler and Krishnappa Gowtham were belting CSK bowlers out of the park easily at the death in chase of 177 runs. As Rayudu pushes the delivery, Watson gets slow and Goswami makes no mistake and sends the Australian packing, Watson OUT on 57.
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Fleming also rued that his side could not capitalise on the chances they got.
The duo fully utilised the powerplay overs as Chennai put 53 runs on board in the initial six overs. It was a great game of cricket which went down the wire. It was only in the fourth over that Rayudu hit his first shot over the ropes when he struck Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six. "It's not the plan that goes haywire, it's the execution that goes wrong". That back part of the length was an arduous one to hit.
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. "These things help when you are through a rough patch but we will soon see a special innings from him".
How good yet unfortunate in the end was Deepak Chahar's brilliant burst? With a lovely outswinger in his armoury, the right armer consistently troubled SRH opener Alex Hales. He would come in to bat only after a session of back massage, football and surprisingly, even after bowling a lengthy spell. He was given a swap of ends for his second over and he immediately removed Hales after putting him through the initial torture. While the SRH bowlers have usually done the job for the team, in a previous few matches their batting has looked settled and in form.
Where do the teams go from here?
Opener Shikhar Dhawan (290 runs) got into the groove at the opportune time with a big knock against Delhi Daredevils while inspirational skipper Williamson (493 runs) has been in prime form throughout the tournament. Sunrisers will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 17 in an away fixture.