Chennai trounced Hyderabad by 6 wickets in match 44 of the Indian T20 League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 30.
Riding on Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad's 75-run opening stand, Chennai got off to a fantastic start as Hyderabad bowlers failed to make early in-roads. Although Jason Holder's twin strikes in the 16th over ignited hopes in the Hyderabad camp, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu's unbeaten 26-run stand made sure there were no further hiccups.
The win has confirmed Chennai's spot in the playoffs as they now look to consolidate their position in the top two.
Here's how the match unfolded
Chennai retain top spot!
The win has made sure Chennai stay on the top spot for a while. They have confirmed their playoff spot with this emphatic victory! Hyderabad tried hard but unfortunately did not have enough runs on the board to defend. That's it from us today. Join us tomorrow for the clash between Kolkata and Punjab.
Six! Dhoni finishes in style!
Siddarth Kaul goes round the wicket, bowls a full ball. Dhoni hits it straight over his head for a maximum! What a way to finish the game. Chennai win by 6 wickets
Four! Dhoni gets into the act!
Slower one from Bhuvi. Dhoni waits for it and slaps it for a glorious shot for four! Need just 3 off the final over
Six! Rayudu relieves the pressure!
Targets the short boundary and hits Bhuvneshwar over long on for a maximum! What a shot! Chennai need 9 off 10 balls
Four! Much-needed for Chennai!
Rayudu scores a boundary towards sweeper cover! Chennai need 16 off 13 now
Crucial over of the match coming up!
Siddarth Kaul to bowl the 18th over! Could decide which way the match might head. Chennai need 22 off 18.
Remember it's not easy for new batters to score on this wicket. Both batters have collectively faced just 10 balls!
Holder on fire! Gets 2 in an over!
First Raina and now Faf. Holder has just proven why he is such an underrated bowler! Bang on target on both occasions! However a little too late for Hyderabad. Chennai need 27 off 25!
44 needed off 48! Chennai in complete control
With the left-right combination of Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis at the crease. Chennai seem to be going well to notch up another convincing win. Hyderabad need some magic from here on to get back into the game