Chennai outlast Hyderabad

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Australasian duo Ben Hilfenhaus and Brendon McCullum stood at the fore of the Chennai Super Kings' superb five-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad – in Sunday's high-profile Indian Premier League match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

Australasian duo Ben Hilfenhaus and Brendon McCullum stood at the fore of the Chennai Super Kings' superb five-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad – in Sunday's high-profile Indian Premier League match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

The Tasmanian-born Hilfenhaus secured telling figures of two for 32, including the key removals of the dangerous Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner, to restrict the Sunrisers to a weakish total of 145 for five.

The tally, in fact, would have read considerably less – were it not for opener Aaron Finch's uncharacteristically sluggish 44 and closing cameos of 23 not out from West Indian T20I captain Darren Sammy and an unbeaten 17 from aspiring all-rounder Karn Sharma.

The Otago-bred McCullum, who earlier this week lambasted a cavalier 71 not out against Mumbai later tucked into a fluid 40. Windies big-hitter Dwayne Smith, meanwhile, cranked five sixes and four fours across a swashbuckling 66 from just 46 deliveries.

An opening alliance of 85 runs in 11 overs all but sealed the result, with the cool, calm and collection of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at hand to ensure triumph with three deliveries to spare.

The result consolidated Chennai's occupancy of second position in the eight-team standings on the back of four victories in five attempts this year, while the Hyderabad franchise remained second last. Monday's lone IPL fixture will see the Kings XI Punjab clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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