HYDERABAD, April 22: Dwayne Bravo consistently bowled in the block hole in a tense finish as Chennai Super Kings prevailed over a weakened Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs to consolidate their position at the top of the order in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here today.
Invited to bat after the coin landed in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson, CSK were well served by Ambati Rayudu�s smashing knock of 79 off only 37 balls and Suresh Raina�s brisk 43-ball 54.
The visiting team then stopped the hosts at 178 for six, with medium pacer Deepak Chahar doing the bulk of damage.
Needing 33 runs in the last two overs, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan blasted a six each off Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over.
Given the responsibility of bowling the final over with SRH requiring 19 runs, the composed Dwayne Bravo was hit for six and a four by Rashid to bring the equation to six off one.
Bravo managed to get it on the block hole and Rashid could only manage a single.
It is the first time in five seasons that SRH went into a game without the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner.
Earlier, the 25-year-old Chahar returned very impressive figures of three for 15 in four overs, his victims comprising Ricky Bhui, Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda.
For the home team, Williamson top-scored with 84 off 51 balls, but the effort was not enough to give his team victory.
Williamson found an able ally in Yusuf (45 off 27 balls) as they raised hopes of an SRH victory with a brisk 79-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Requiring more than 12 runs in the last four overs, Yusuf blasted Bravo and Shardul Thakur for four sixes after Williamson picked spinner Karn Sharma for three maximums in the 15th over.
Chennai Super Kings: SR Watson c Hooda b Kumar 9, F du Plessis st Saha b Rashid Khan 11, SK Raina not out 54, AT Rayudu run out 79, MS Dhoni not out 25. Extras: (w 4) 4. Total: (for 3 wickets in 20 overs) 182/3. Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-32, 3-144. Bowling: B Kumar 3-0-22-1, B Stanlake 4-0-38-0, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-32-0, S Kaul 4-0-33-0, Rashid Khan 4-0-49-1, DJ Hooda 1-0-8-0,
Sunrisers Hyderabad: RK Bhui c Watson b Chahar 0, KS Williamson c Jadeja b Bravo 84, MK Pandey c Sharma b Chahar 0, DJ Hooda c Jadeja b Chahar 1, Shakib Al Hasan c Raina b Sharma 24, YK Pathan c Raina b Thakur 45, WP Saha not out 5, Rashid Khan not out 17. Extras: (w 2) 2. Total: (for 6 wickets in 20 overs) 178. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-22, 4-71, 5-150, 6-157. Bowling: DL Chahar 4-1-15-3, SN Thakur 4-0-45-1, SR Watson 2-0-23-0, RA Jadeja 4-0-28-0, KV Sharma 3-0-30-1, DJ Bravo 3-0-37-1. � Agencies