IPL 2015 CSK vs SRH Highlights: Brendon McCullum Powers Chennai to 45-Run Win

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) romped home by 45 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 4 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Chepauk on Saturday to win their second match in a row. After Brendon McCullum’s century and MS Dhoni’s quickfire fifty lit up Chepauk in the first innings, the CSK bowlers — led by Ashwin — put a strangle hold on the SRH batsmen. With this win, CSK go to the top of the points table in IPL 2015

Shikhar Dhawan got off to a good start, but ended up cutting it straight to Ravindra Jadeja at point for an 18-ball 26. KL Rahul came in at  No. 3 but was a far cry from the graceful batsman who scored a Test century against Australia earlier this year. He ended up getting bowled by Mohit Sharma attempting another ugly hoick. 

Naman Ojha and Warner then did their best to play a few strokes, but could only put on 45. Ojha was out for 15, Warner followed for a slow 53, and Bopara made only 22. Kane Williamson was wasted at No. 6, and had far too much to do in no time at all, as CSK pulled off a convincing win.

Earlier, Brendon McCullum scored a typically belligerent ton, while MS Dhoni went ballistic at the end to help CSK reach a massive total against SRH. McCullum played with the kind of abandon that lit up ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, playing some outrageous strokes against pace and spin alike.

McCullum and Dwayne Smith opened the innings, and got CSK off to a quick start. The duo added a rapid 75 for the first wicket in just over eight overs before Suresh Raina and McCullum added another 60 in just around five overs. Raina was very much the second fiddle though, contributing only 14 to the stand. McCullum was absolutely unstoppable, using his long handle with devastating effect. 

MS Dhoni promoted himself to No. 4, but was off to a slow start, scoring only four off his first eight balls. He could take only three runs off the 15th over, bowled by Trent Boult. He managed to hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a big six over long on, but struggled a bit with his timing. When Karn Sharma bowled the 18th over though, Dhoni opened up in his inimitable fashion. He brought out the big hits, smashing two sixes off the first three balls before ending the over with the biggest six of the lot. 

Dhoni went on to race away to a 28-ball 50, dwarfing McCullum in their 63-run partnership. He was out in the final over of the innings, smashing one from Boult to David Warner at short cover. Ravindra Jadeja was the new batsman, but he was run out first ball — the third such dismissal in the innings — when Boult threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end after McCullum scampered through to take strike. He hit a six and four to move to 99 before taking a single off the final ball to reach his second IPL ton.

With just one bowler taking a wicket, SRH were left ruing their decision to leave out Dale Steyn from the playing XI, choosing instead to go for IPL debutant Trent Boult. Dhoni decided to bat first at the toss, and CSK went in without making any changes to the team that beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) by one run. SRH went in with Boult, Kane Williamson, David Warner, and Ravi Bopara. 

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 209 for 4 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 100*, MS Dhoni 53; Trent Boult 1 for 34) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 164 for 6 in 20 overs (David Warner 53; Dwayne Bravo 2 for 25, Mohit Sharma 2 for 36) by 45 runs.

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