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46th match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Pune, May 13 2018

14 May 2018
46th match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Pune, May 13 2018

Sunrisers, the only team to have booked a berth in the playoffs so far, are heading into the match on the back of a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils on Thursday, May 10. But now, with the result of today's match which is going to be held at CSK's home ground in Pune, it will be clear which team is mighty over the other.

After eleven games and only three left to be played, Rajasthan Royals has to win the rest of the games to qualify for the playoffs, and their bowler Jaydev Unadkat reiterated how important balance of the team is at this crucial stage.

It was only on the fourth ball of the last over of the match bowled by Dwayne Bravo when Buttler smashed a six to ease out the pressure in the RR dugout. He would come in to bat only after a session of back massage, football and surprisingly, even after bowling a lengthy spell. The form of Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey has been patchy, leaving the top order to do much of the scoring. Rayudu capped a remarkable turnaround of a season with his maiden T20 hundred, and Watson fell for 57 off 35. A win against title contenders CSK will only boost their confidence. Two successive sixes by Watson off Sandeep Sharma (1-36) - over fine-leg and mid-wicket regions respectively - in the third over of the chase signaled the side's intentions.

The SRH bowling attack has made the headlines for all the right reasons recently. To correct this, they have tried many permutations and combinations among Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, David Willey, Lungi Ngidi and Shardul but they have failed to find a flawless one. That backof-the-length was a hard one to hit. We got off to a good start. What really happens is as soon as you are told what things to bowl, then you ought to be bowling to this space. It isn't the preparation however, also the execution which goes hay wire. That was a par score or a par-plus score. MS Dhoni cleverly gave him a change of ends to sync his outswing with the wind in Pune after giving him the customary first over. With three matches remaining, CSK will need one convincing win to make it to the top four. After gaining a feel for the conditions - the ball was't swinging and was sliding on instead in the evening - Rayudu shimmied out against Sunrisers' best bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and launched him inside-out over extra-cover for six. Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan have finally come out of their shell and pose a threat to nearly all bowlers. SRH coach Tom Moody said, "Kane has been a class cricketer in all formats". It's important for us to play with freedom.