IPL 2019 Points Table: CSK Back on Top After Home Victory Over SRH
Chennai Super Kings have returned to the top of the IPL standings once again with a six wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on Tuesday night.
Put into bat by CSK, Sunrisers lost their in-form opener Jonny Bairstow in the second over itself. However, Manish Pandey stepped up for the team after coming into bat at number 3, and along with David Warner smashed the bowlers all around the park.
Warner (57 off 45) and Pandey (83 off 49) helped powered Hyderabad post a competitive 175/3.
Chasing 176, CSK got off to a rather dull start. They lost Faf Du Plessis early and the run rate too, wasn’t very encouraging. Suresh Raina (38 off 24) came in at number 3 and infused much needed momentum into the chase. Shane Watson played a gem of an innings, making 96 off 53.
The equation came down to CSK needing 9 off the last over. Jadhav smashed the first ball for a six and CSK eventually chased down the target with a ball to spare.
Th two points from the win now helps Chennai get back on top of the points table. Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad occupy second, third and fourth place respectively.
Kings Xl Punjab are placed at fifth position after winning 5 out of their 10 games. Kolkata Knight Riders occupy the sixth spot. They have now lost 5 consecutive games and will be looking to make amends if they are to secure a spot in the play-offs.
Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore occupy the seventh and the eighth spots respectively. All is not lost for both the teams, but it will take a herculean effort from hereon to change their fortunes.