So far, batsmen are the major reason behind Chennai's success as they have been in top form this season however, death-over bowling still remains a concern. The right-handed Aussie batsman looked in sublime form from the first over itself as he did the bulk of scoring in the powerplay overs.
The opener's fall saw Raina joining Watson in the middle and the duo helped Chennai recover from the early blow taking their side past the 50-run mark in 5.1 overs. Watson and Rayudu hit boundaries whenever there was an opportunity.
For Chennai, their last game at the venue, restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore to a paltry total of 127 for 9 with both Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh conceding less than six runs per over, could provide them with some confidence. The Aussie fell short of the crease as he looked too exhausted and made his descent towards the pavilion straight away.
Suresh Raina plays a shot. In this backdrop, the M.S. Dhoni-led CSK would surely love to reduce the difference in points with SRH by defeating it convincing on Sunday to return to its winning ways.
CSK got closer and closer to the target as the man of the moment Rayudu hit his maiden century off 62 balls.
Paeans have been sung about Sunrisers' bowling attack, and deservedly so, but the fact that Super Kings' batting has been superlative this season has been less heralded. Bowling and fielding are two fields in which the CSK has struggled in the past few matches but still, ironically enough, it has one of the best bowling line-ups in this edition of the IPL.
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Raina then put on 86 for the second wicket with Watson who struck a brace of fours and sixes before becoming Archer's second wicket, caught behind attempting to pull a quick in-swinging delivery. Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan's half-centuries took them to 141 for 2 in 16 overs.
Dhawan top-scored with 79 off 49 balls while New Zealand skipper Williamson hit 51 as the Sunrisers set a total that was just within par ultimately was not enough.
The pair shared a 123-run second wicket stand off 75 balls after Alex Hales (2) fell early.
While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan, is set to feature in the playing XI against Hyderabad, Willey's inclusion look hard as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket.
Rayudu had 3 fifties prior this season to this innings.
Chasing a target of 180, the two-time former champions got the flying start that they wanted. "We could not get the ball moving, perhaps it was just the change in conditions but Super Kings played extremely well, so they deserved to win", he added.