A maiden half-century from Abhishek Sharma powered Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to their first win of IPL 2022 with Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) horror start to the season continuing with a fourth straight defeat under new captain Ravindra Jadeja.

Abhishek scored his career-best 75 off just 50 balls during SRH’s successful chase of 155, with Rahul Tripathi hitting the winning runs and remaining unbeaten on 39 (15). Mukesh Choudhary (1/30) and Dwayne Bravo (1/29) were the only wicket-takers for Chennai.

Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali top-scored with a 35-ball 48 to guide CSK to a competitive total of 154/7 after SRH captain Kane Willianson opted to field first at a tricky pitch.

Jadeja (23 off 15) played a cameo towards the end to prop up CSK after they suffered a collapse in the middle overs.

CSK, the defending champions, will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their next fixture of IPL 2022 on Tuesday, April 12.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

Well played @IamAbhiSharma4! Sweet striker of the ball but packs a punch too. You saw the pull, the lofted cover drive, the big slog sweep and the flat batted shot over long on. All round game👌🏽 Good to see SRH backing him and the youngster repaying the faith. #CSKvSRH #IPL2022

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 9, 2022

Good to see Abhishek Sharma convert the promise he has been showing for a while into a substantial score. He has looked in control today

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 9, 2022

First fifty for Abhishek Sharma in IPL history, new role, opening the batting in IPL and he has started well.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 9, 2022

Phew! Abhishek Sharma has scored a fifty in the IPL. Hopefully, it will give him confidence.

— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) April 9, 2022

A new Sharma ji ka beta has entered the chat 💬
First 50 for Abhishek Sharma #IPL2022 #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/uVsTaI9Jfa

— Disney+ Hotstar (@DisneyPlusHS) April 9, 2022

Well played Abhishek Sharma. Chennai were happy to wait for him to err, he has but after scoring 75. Played, now to build on this knock ahead.

— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 9, 2022

#srh open their account in style. Convincing victory. Well played @IamAbhiSharma4 & @tripathirahul52 ,@Natarajan_91 delivering again with the ball. #topclass #CSKvSRH #TATAIPL2022

— Ashish Reddy (@ashishreddy_9) April 9, 2022

Breakthrough win for #SRH still below their best, but Abhishek Sharma, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tripathi and T Natarajan finding timely form. So much so that the batting of Pooran and Markram wasn’t even needed. Meanwhile CSK have dug themselves into a deeper ole.

— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 9, 2022

That was some exhibition of quality shots #AbhishekSharma

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 9, 2022

#kavyamaran madam..#OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/aPcWAP4GHW

— siva (@skrishn7) April 9, 2022

Finally today….
Feel happy for kavya maran#IPL2022#OrangeArmy#CSKvsSRH pic.twitter.com/IrZwAbFDVC

— peter (@Pterloda420) April 9, 2022

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