Sharma, 21, attacked the opposition with a searing first half IPL that was peppered with five fours and three sixes, to help the Sunrisers easily chase the 155 target with 14 balls to spare.
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CSK now need to win at least eight of their remaining 10 games to reach the magic number of 16 points which in recent years has been the threshold for qualifying for the play-offs.
The Punjab southpaw, who was bought for Rs 6.5 crore by the Sunrisers at the auction, led India to victory in the U-19 Asian Cup in 2016 before being replaced as captain by Prithvi Shaw months before the 2018 U-19 World Cup.
It was the Sunrisers’ first win in this IPL, having lost to Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants in their previous matches.
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CSK have already lost to Kolkata Knight Riders, Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings in previous matches.
On slow ground, Sharma relieved captain Kane Williamson (32 from 40 balls) who played second fiddle to the youngster who was in fine form after failing to score big in the previous two games.
Williamson was out in 13th on the bowling of left-arm dressmaker Mukesh Choudhary (1/30) after sharing the 89-point opening stand with Sharma, who also fell to 18th against Dwayne Bravo (1/29) with the Sunrisers only needing 10 races.
Rahul Tripathi (39 steps on 15 balls) then ensured that there was no setback in the chase. He glanced at Bravo for a limit to finish the chase in style.
Sharma was dropped on 62 by Ravindra Jadeja of Bravo’s bowling but by then CSK had already lost the plot. The Sunrisers needed 47 runs from six overs with nine wickets in hand.
Sharma hit Mukesh Choudhary for a six on the next course and Tripathi then joined the party with a max and a four against Chris Jordan in the 17th to make it a no contest.
CSK’s six bowlers went for runs with Jordan leaking the most, 34 of his three overs and also going wicketless.
Earlier, Moeen Ali had the best score with a 48 from 35 balls to guide CSK to 154 for seven after being asked to strike first.
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Skipper Ravindra Jadeja (23 from 15 balls) played a small cameo towards the end to support CSK after losing a few wickets in a heap.
Robin Uthappa (15) was dismissed by Washington Sundar (2/21) on the off-spinner’s very first pitch, when the batter ended up catching a strike while performing a slog-sweep.
After conceding 25 runs in the first three overs, SRH were back in the game and it got better for them with the introduction of T Natarajan (2/30) in attack as the left arm pacer beat Ruturaj Gaikwad (16).
At 36 for two from 5.1 overs, CSK were in deep trouble and they needed a partnership, and the duo of Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu (27) answered the call with a 62-run third wicket.
Close to 100 and with even more batters to come on a pitch where the ball seemed to come to rest, CSK were well placed when Rayudu left after playing a part in the innings rebuild.
However, Williamson’s gamble to bring in Markram paid off as CSK lost their fourth wicket at 108 in the 15th.
In a smooth dismissal, Natarajan represented Shivam Dube as the defending champions lost three wickets in quick succession.
Two overs later even the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni (3) returned to the dugout, with CSK struggling at 122 for six with 15 balls remaining to add to their tally.
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