In sensational form CSK opener Ambati Rayudu scored his maiden century to help his side to a easy eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad to virtually seal a play-offs berth, in Pune.
Rayudu, remained unbeaten on exactly 100 off 62 balls, which included seven fours and seven sixes, as CSK chased down the target of 180 with one over to spare. He shared a 134-run stand with Shane Watson (57) for the opening wicket to lay the foundation for the emphatic win. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not out on 20 off 14 balls as CSK got to 180 for 2 from 19 overs.
Sunrisers, who have already qualified for the play-offs, remain on top of the league table with 18 points from 12 matches while CSK are second with 16 points from the same number of matches.
Earlier , opener Shikhar Dhawan and SRH skipper Kane Williamson continued their fine form this season. The two batsmen struck fluent half centuries to take Sunrisers to 179 for 4. They were off to a slow start and struggled to get the boundaries. The CSK bowling was tight and fielding sharp.
Dhawan and Williamson continued from where they left in their last match in Delhi, scoring the bulk of Sunrisers’s runs in a 123-run stand for the second wicket.