DUBAI (UAE): Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) all-rounder Sam Curran said that batting as an opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) came as a surprise to him, but admitted that he enjoyed playing the role for his side in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Tuesday.
CSK defeated SRH by 20 runs at the Dubai International Stadium. The David Warner-led Hyderabad failed to chase down the target of 168, after being restricted to 147/8. For CSK, Karn Sharma and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE |
Batting first, CSK posted 167/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Shane Watson top-scored for MS Dhoni‘s team with a knock of 42 runs.
For this match, CSK changed their opening partnership, and the management sent in Curran as an opener instead of Watson to accompany Faf du Plessis.
“Yeah, very good win. Obviously, we needed a couple of wins to get the tournament going. I was surprised to get at the top of the order but really enjoyed it. I got the team off to a good start and most importantly, a good win,” Curran told Dwayne Bravo in a video posted on iplt20.com.
“It was good to bat at the top of the order. We have struggled initially to get some momentum but it came right against Sunrisers Hyderabad. I am just trying to contribute with both bat and ball,” he added.
With the ball in hand, Curran returned with figures of 1-18 from his three overs. He got the crucial wicket of SRH skipper David Warner.
Ambati Rayudu and Curran also got among the runs for CSK as they played knocks of 41 and 31 respectively. In the end, Ravindra Jadeja played a quickfire cameo of 25 runs off just 10 balls. For SRH, Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 2-19 from his four overs.