Mid-day – Rayudu, who has been in great touch this season, remained not out on exactly 100 which he made from 62 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes as Chennai chased down the target of 180 with one over to spare
Shane Watson of the Chennai plays a shot against Hyderabad during their IPL T20 cricket match/ PTI

Opener Ambati Raydu smashed his maiden century in the T20 2018 as Chennai coasted to an easy eight-wicket win over Hyderabad to virtually seal a play-offs berth in Pune on Sunday.

Summary

  • Rayudu, who has been in great touch this season, remained not out on exactly 100 which he made from 62 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes as Chennai chased down the target of 180 with one over to spareShane Watson of the Chennai plays a shot against Hyderabad during their IPL T20 cricket match/ PTI Opener Ambati Raydu smashed his maiden century in the T20 2018 as Chennai coasted to an easy eight-wicket win over Hyderabad to virtually seal a play-offs berth in Pune on Sunday.
  • Chennai made a flier of a run chase, scoring 53 for no loss in the powerplay overs with Rayudu hitting Bhuvneshwar for two sixes during that period and Watson doing the dame to Sandeep Sharma (1/36).
  • Earlier, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and captain Kane Williamson continued their top form this season as the two batsmen struck fluent half centuries to take Hyderabad to 179 for 4 after being sent in to bat.
  • The Hyderabad were slow to start off with just 29 runs in the powerplay overs and also lost the wicket of opener Alex Hales (2), mainly due to a fine spell of bowling by medium pacer Deepak Chahar who opened the bowling and had figures of 4-0-16-1.
  • At the halfway stage, the Hyderabad were 62 for 1 and with wickets in hand they shifted gears in the second half of their innings to add 115 runs in the last 10 overs.


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