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Abhishek Sharma, 21, crushes 75 and extends Chennai’s worst start to four defeats


Abhishek Sharma has scored just 9 and 13 in his first two games of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. However, the 21-year-old turned things around in style against defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to fire Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to their first win of the season.

Sharma raised his first IPL fifty from just 32 balls and still looked in control as he showed maturity beyond his years after Jadeja’s quick cameo helped CSK post 154/7.

Sharma (75 on 50 balls) was finally dismissed in the 18th when she looked to hit DJ Bravo (1/29) over the ropes, but by then the damage was already done with SRH not needing only 10 points to win and a belligerent Rahul Tripathi (39 on 15 balls) sealed the victory with a border with 8 wickets and 14 balls to spare.

The defeat extends CSK’s worst start to a four-game IPL campaign and leaves them with zero points on the 2022 IPL points table.

SRH saw their chase get off to a very even start with captain Kane Williamson sharing an 89-run stand for the first wicket. The SRH captain’s solid shot came to an end when Mukesh Choudhary came back to 13th and caught Williamson (32) within short extra coverage.

However, Rahul Tripathi came out at bat at no. 3 and was quick to capitalize on that early advantage by slamming Choudhary for a whopping six in the same over. Tripathi played a superb shot, hitting with a strike rate of 260.00, in an entertaining round that saw him hit 5 fours and 2 sixes.

Earlier at the Toss, Williamson decided to go bowling citing “the roster of the team today.” SRH made two changes with Shashank Singh and Marco Jansen replacing Abdul Samad and Romario Shepherd. Jadeja has announced a change as Maheesh Theekshana has been brought in to replace Dwaine Pretorius.

Robin Uthappa got off to a fast start but was stopped in his tracks when Washington Sundar entered the attack on 3rd. Uthappa (15) gave it a shot but could only find the man in the long term.

T Natarajan then started with a peach of a delivery as he sent a lethan inswinger to Castle Ruturaj Gaikwad (16) with the 1st delivery on the 6th as CSK were just 41/2 on the power play. Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu then leveled the innings with a 62-on-50-ball partnership.

Sundar came back on the attack in the 14th and got rid of Rayudu (27 from 27 balls) to finish with impressive numbers of 2/21. With two left-handers on strike, Williamson brought part-time officiating Aiden Markram into the attack and the move paid off.

Moeen (48 from 35 balls) looked to face Markram (1/8) but could only find long. Natarajan then came back and got rid of Shivam Dube (3) as CSK were down to 110/5 after losing 3 wickets in 3 overs.

Dhoni (3) failed to start and found the defender as he looked for a shot against Jansen in the 18th. Meanwhile, Jadeja slammed Natarajan (2/30) for a four and six on the final two balls in the 19th before falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/36) in the final. The CSK captain scored 23 out of 15 as his team posted an average total of 154/7.

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