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Chennai Super Kings were the big winners of Sunday’s Indian Premier League action, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the early fixture and booking their spot in the play-offs hours later courtesy of a Rajasthan Royals win over Mumbai Indians.
Ambati Rayudu was the main man for Chennai (180/2), scoring an unbeaten century in the eight-wicket win (with six balls remaining) over Hyderabad (179/4). Royals (171/3) clobbered Indians (168/6) by seven wickets (with 12 balls remaining).
Here are the latest IPL standings:
(Team, Played, Points, Net Run Rate)
1. q Sunrisers Hyderabad, 12, 18, +0.400
2. q Chennai Super Kings, 12, 16, +0.383
3. Kings XI Punjab, 11, 12, -0.056
4. Kolkata Knight Riders, 12, 12, -0.189
5. Rajasthan Royals, 12, 12, -0.347
6. Mumbai Indians, 12, 10, +0.405
7. Royal Challengers Bangalore, 11, 8, -0.261
8. Delhi Daredevils, 12, 6, -0.478
(All matches start at 8 p.m. local time/3:30 p.m. BST)
Monday, May 14: Kings XI Punjab vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Tuesday, May 15: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Rajasthan Royals
Wednesday, May 16: Mumbai Indians vs. Kings XI Punjab
Thursday, May 17: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Friday, May 18: Delhi Daredevils vs. Chennai Super Kings
For the full schedule, click here.
Chennai Make a Statement
Sunrisers came into Sunday’s match against Super Kings as the only team to have qualified for the play-offs and clear favourites for the title, but Chennai halted their lengthy winning streak in dominant fashion.
Hyderabad had won six straight to book their spot in the play-offs, last losing on April 22nd at home. Their opponents in that contest? Super Kings, who won by four runs.
Rayudu was the star man in Sunday’s chase, scoring an unbeaten century. Per Harsha Bhogle, he has adapted well to his new role for Chennai:
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha
I am overjoyed for Ambati Rayudu. Was asked to perform a different role this year and has played it stirringly.
One loss after such a great run isn’t cause for concern for Sunrisers, but the fact it came against Chennai―again―is something to keep an eye on. One has to assume Hyderabad would prefer to avoid Super Kings in the play-offs, and a matchup against a struggling Kings XI side would be much more appealing, for example.
Patience Key for Royals
Rajasthan lost just three wickets in their chase against Mumbai, riding Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 94 to an easy win over last year’s champions.
Per Broken Cricket, the 27-year-old has been in sensational form of late:
Broken Cricket @BrokenCricket
Jos Buttler last 2 games: 95* and won the game for RR 94* and won the game for RR
Mumbai came into the match on a three-match win streak but never got the bats going, and while their bowlers did a reasonable job limiting the run rate early, they didn’t take nearly enough wickets to complicate the chase.
Kings XI will try to right the ship and push for a play-off spot against Royal Challengers.