Chennai Super Kings (CSK) become the first team to qualify for the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs. The Chennai Super Kings faced the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 44 of the IPL. CSK won the toss and elected to bowl first. In the first innings, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored just 134/7 after 20 overs. The Chennai Super Kings scored 139/4 in 19.4 overs. With this, the Chennai Super Kings win by 6 wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad sent out Jason Roy and Wriddhiman Saha to open the batting in the first innings. Jason Roy makes his second start for the franchise after a brilliant knock against Rajasthan Royals. However, Roy got out early as he was nicked by a Josh Hazelwood ball which was caught by MS Dhoni. However, Saha stayed on the crease to score 44 runs in 46 balls at a strike rate of 95.65. Furthermore, none of the following batsmen got to a big score.
Josh Hazelwood went on to take 2 more wickets. He ended his 4-over bowling spell for an economy rate of 6.00. Moreover, Dwayne Bravo too had a fine outing with the ball. He took 2 wickets at an economy rate of 4.25 after his 4-over spell. Bravo got back into the squad after replacing Sam Curran. SRH scored 134/7 after 20 overs, CSK had to chase a target of 135 in 20 overs.
Chennai Super Kings send out their in-form openers in Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis. Both the batsmen got off to a fine start. However, Gaikwad was the first to fall off. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 45 runs in 38 balls before getting dismissed in the 11th over. Gaikwad smacked four 4s and two 6s at a strike rate of 118.42. Furthermore, Faf Du Plessis held on before getting dismissed in the 16th over. He scored 41 runs in 36 balls at a strike rate of 113.89.
However, MS Dhoni completed the chase for CSK with a huge six. Dhoni finished it off in style and CSK make the playoffs. CSK end the innings with a score of 139/4 after 19.4 overs and win by 6 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings strengthen their lead by 2 points and remain in the top spot. Furthermore, Sunrisers Hyderabad remains at the bottom and hopes to find a way for a better season next year.
Chennai Super Kings face the Rajasthan Royals on 2nd October.
Whereas, Sunrisers Hyderabad face the Kolkata Knight Riders on 3rd October.