Faf steers CSK into final

23 May, 2018, 04:08 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Faf du Plessis

Chennai had fallen to 62-6 but opener Du Plessis guided his side to victory with his 47-ball knock.

The victor of the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday will remain in Mumbai for the IPL 2018 final to be played on Sunday, whereas the losing team will travel to take on the victor of the contest between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Chasing a modest target of 140, CSK were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Sunrisers' bowling this season have been extraordinary with Rashid and Shakib as well as the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, combining well to defend paltry totals.

In-form Suresh Raina was playing beautifully, hitting four well-timed boundaries on his way to 22 off 13 balls. Read SRH vs CSK (IPL Playoffs' Qualifier 1) Match Scorecard. Rayudu's dismissal was largely due to poor shot selection as he misjudged a slow yorker only to see the ball crash into the base of middle and off-stump.

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And yet Chennai initially stumbled horribly with the bat, losing early wickets and struggling to plunder runs with any sort of consistency to give Du Plessis a mountain to climb in the closing stages. But just when the duo started timing the ball well, leg-spinner Rashid Khand delivered one that turned the wrong way to dismiss Dhoni. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com. The plus point for Super Kings, who have alternately blown hot and cold in their last six games, is that they have not depended on just a couple of batsmen although Rayudu has been their standout performer with 586 runs.

Thakur, who remained unbeaten on 15 runs, played sensibly and gave the strike to du Plessis.

Earlier New Zealand captain Williamson scored 24 runs for Hyderabad, who had the match in its grip until the 17th over with Chennai needing 43 runs and three wickets in hand.

Besides Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan (437 runs) has lately come good with the bat but it is the middle order comprising Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan, who needs to share the responsibility of building on the platform set up by the top order.

A late flurry from West Indian Brathwaite, who slammed Thakur for four huge sixes and a four in death overs, boosted the total significantly.

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