Nicholas Pooran’s 64-run knock in 34 balls went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad fell 13 runs short of Chennai Super Kings’ total at the MCA Stadium, Pune on Sunday. The defending champions rode on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 99 to post a 202-run total in the first innings. 

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The West Indies hard-hitter smashed three boundaries and six maximums during his stay at the crease. SRH openers Abhishek Sharma (39) and Kane Williamson (47 off 37) gave the team a flying start but the team could only manage 189 runs. 

Mukesh Choudhary topped the bowling charts for CSK, taking four wickets for 46 runs. Mitchell Santner (1/36) and Dwaine Pretorius (1/40) took one wicket each.

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In the first innings, Ruturaj Gaikwad led CSK’s efforts in posting 202 runs. He and fellow opener Devon Conway stitched 182-run partnership for the first wicket. While the former scored 99 runs in 57 balls, the latter made 85 runs off 55 balls. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/22) was the best bowler on display for SRH, while pace sensation Umran Malik had a really bad day in office, having conceded 48 in his four overs. T Natarajan (2/42) picked up two wickets but also went for runs.

Talking about the game, SRH skipper Kane Williamson said that the team did not show a lot of fight.

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“When anyone gets over 200, it’ll always be a challenge chasing it down. I thought we responded well to it, but they kept us under pressure with the total they had. We did show a lot of fight and were unlucky at times with some things that didn’t go our way. It was a bit slower (on the pitch), we did try our best, but losing Washy (Sundar) for the best part of the bowling innings was a struggle for us,” he said at the post-match ceremony.