Gaikwad (99 from 57 balls) and Conway (85 not from 55 balls) put SRH’s attack to the sword and produced a scintillating 182-run partnership, the highest opening tally of the season, as CSK hit an imposing 202 for two after the game to bat invited.
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In response, SRH fell back to reach 189 for 6 in 20 overs despite late exploits from Nicholas Pooran (64 not out) and a 47-run innings from skipper Kane Williamson at the lead.
WHEN IT HAPPENED
Choudhary came out with the best numbers for CSK, bowling four for 46 while Mitchell Santner (1/36) and Dwaine Pretorius (1/40) each won a wicket.
The win, which coincided with MS Dhoni’s return as captain, kept CSK afloat for an unlikely place in the playoffs as they now have six points with five games remaining, while SRH remained fourth in the standings with 10 points .
Abhishek Sharma (39) and Williamson gave SRH a flying start to their chase but Choudhary batted twice in two balls to reduce the Hyderabad team to 58 for 2 in six overs.
While Sharma was caught by Dwaine Pretorius in the long-on, Rahul Tripathi was in search of a duck after giving catch practice in the short third-man.
Aiden Markram hit two sixes before falling to Mitchell Santner.
Pooran hit Ravindra Jadeja for a six before unleashing a monstrous reverse sweep for another maximum, while Williamson also hit a one-handed six to keep the scoreboard ticking.
However, the SRH skipper was caught up front by Pretorius as it went 126 for 4 in the 15th over.
Pooran then struggled on in vain as the pressure of the scoreboard took a toll on the other sluggers.
Previously, Gaikwad, who has been hot and cold this season, was at his destructive best as he smashed six sixes and as many fours before tragically missing a ton with just one run.
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The 25-year-old was in his zone standing on his backfoot and hit some exceptional shots to dominate the impressive SRH bowling session.
Anything that fell short was drawn with impeccable ease, while erected deliveries were treated with the same disdain, as Gaikwad never missed a trick to send SRH on a leather chase during his stylish innings.
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Conway also showed a great temper as he was the perfect match for Gaikwad. He waits and sees before attacking the big shots in the slog-overs.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/22) was the top bowler for SRH, while pace sensation Umran Malik had a really bad day in charge after conceding 48 goals in his four overs. T Natarajan (2/42) picked up two wickets but also made runs.
With Washington Sundar injured midfield, SRH was forced to field Markram and Shashank Singh as fifth bowlers, who conceded 46 from their combined four overs.
After a cautious start, Gaikwad broke loose when he drew Marco Jansen for two maximums, while Natarajan was sent over the mid-wicket boundary as CSK went 40-0 off the power play.
Gaikwad was particularly hard on Malik, first smashing him over cover before lifting him over long-on for another maximum in his first over.
Malik upped the tempo, bowling at 154mph in the 10th over for the tournament’s fastest shot, but ended up conceding two more margins ahead of Gaikwad’s Blade as the opener ended his half-century with 33 balls.
Markram also faced the duo’s fury when Conway sent him over the fine leg before going down the wicket for a flat six.
Gaikwad also beat him for consecutive sixes when the 100 was up in the 11th over.
Malik was in the firing line again as Gaikwad pummeled him over long-on for a boundary before lifting him over long-off for another maximum.
A top six from Marco Jansen, meanwhile, helped Conway improve his 50 in 39 balls and he ended the 15th over with another four and a six.
Natarajan was brought back but he also conceded 13 runs with Gaikwad producing another pull. Conway also sent one over the bowler’s head in the 18th over.
However, Gaikwad missed a deserved hundred when he made an easy catch on point.
Back at the head of affairs, MS Dhoni promoted himself but failed to make an impact as he was pocketed by Malik ahead of Natarajan.
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