IPL 2018: Chennai edge out Hyderabad in thriller to enter final

Rashid Khan

The final match is scheduled for May 27 in Mumbai.

Paceman Dwayne Bravo set up the win with impressive bowling figures of two for 25 to restrict Hyderabad to 139-7. Du Plessis survived the storm, played out the most hard bowler in the opposition (Rashid Khan), and turned on the heat just at the right time.

He hit a six on the first ball of the 20th over to chase down Sunrisers' total of 139 with two wickets left.

Faf du Plessis said that the experience of having been in similar situations in the past helped him not panic and stay calm.

The table-toppers made a habit of defending low totals in the group stage and once again their bowlers blew away the top half of Chennai's batting order to give them an upper hand.

Raina took Sandeep Sharma to the cleaners in the next over, hitting three boundaries and a single that came off the last ball.

With Chennai needing six runs off the last over, du Plessis brought up the victory in style over the umpire's head off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling.


Earlier in the evening, the Sunrisers lost Shikhar Dhawan to the first ball of the match; the left-hander threw his bat at one angled across him, but only managed to drag the ball back onto his stumps.

Given Ambati Rayudu's form at the top and the need of the hour - be it a power hitter in the middle or an extra bowler for the death overs - the Chennai think tank opted for Sam Billings or David Willey in most matches forcing du Plessis to sit in the dugout. CSK's spinner Harbhajan Singh is also seen dancing with Bravo. Starting then, the rub of the green went against SRH on several occasions; Kane Williamson (24) and Shakib al Hasan gloved the ball to be caught down the leg-side, while Shreevats Goswami and Yusuf Pathan (24) were at the receiving end of sensational return catches.

CSK's Faf du plessis celebrating hitting the winning shot against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Qualifier 1 at Wankhede.

"We have been a very good team over the past ten seasons, but it's more about the dressing-room atmosphere. It was probably a 160 wicket, so we were a little short with the bat". That has allowed our other bowlers to come a bit more into the game. He played 29 balls and one boundary and slammed four sixes. Rashid, who was called on to bowl the 8th, 10th, 12th and 16th over, castled Dhoni neck and crop with a googly and then had the wicket of Dwayne Bravo.

Chasing a 140-run target on a slow wicket is a tough task and it gets tougher when the bowling team is the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers.

Until du Plessis stepped up in an authoritative manner to change the course of the match, the Sunrisers seam and spin attack, in particular leg spinner Rashid Khan, seemed to have sealed the fate of the match by reducing CSK to 92 for seven.

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