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Rayudu's ton helps CSK beat SRH

Rayudu's ton helps CSK beat SRH

There are two big games in the IPL today starting with a top-of-the-table clash between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune before play-off chasers Mumbai Indians host Rajasthan Royals in the late game. Hence it is predicted that Chennai Super Kings will win this match against Rajasthan Royals.

Jos Buttler hit a sensational 95 not out off 60 balls to help Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by four wickets and stay alive in the Indian Premier League on Friday.

After Samson was run out, Buttler took charge of the innings as he hit 11 fours and two sixes during his knock. He batted through the innings.

On Sunday, CSK will be desperate to return to their winning ways against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The next stop: Both teams face tantalising matches in their next outing, Chennai hosting ladder-leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night desperate not to drop a second-straight game. Even as Watson and Raina got out in quick succession, Rayudu didn't stop his audacious strokeplay as MS Dhoni (20*) added his finishing touch to a ideal chase as Chennai reached the target with one over to spare.

While SRH's bowling has been their strong suit, they showcased their batting might, chasing down 187-run target with utmost ease against Delhi Daredevils. The spinners have been well supported by the pace department led by fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young Siddharth Kaul. While Thakur, who had impressive figures of 1/22 in his four overs against Rajasthan Royals, is set to feature in the playing XI against Sunrisers Hyderabad (CSK vs SRH), Willey's inclusion look hard as the English pacer leaked 47 runs bagging a wicket. His unbeaten century steered the Yellow army to victory.

CSK are coming off of a disappointing loss against Rajasthan, while SRH have not lost in quite a while as their batting improves with every game.

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Talking about the preferred batting order for his side, Dhoni said, "My plan was to make Rayudu open and if Kedar (Jadhav) was fit, he will bat at 4 or 5".

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson hit half-centuries as the Sunrisers scored 179/4 in their 20 overs. The southpaw also praised the opening spell of Deepak Chahar who gave away just 14 runs picking up the wicket of Alex Hales in his 4 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and captain Kane Williamson hardly broke a sweat as they raced to their target with seven balls to spare and nine wickets in hand. 7 sixes and an equal number of fours are just proof of that.

Earlier, Dhoni had won the toss and chosen to bowl.

With the departure of the two set batsmen, the tempo slowed down.

Watson fell for 57 runs when he was run out trying to steal a quick single.

The Kane Williamson-led side is now in red-hot form.

The Super Kings remain well placed to extend their season.