IPL 2018 Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

26 May, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Kane Williamson scored 24 runs in Sunrisers Hyderabad's preliminary final defeat to Chennai Super Kings

The beast is truly back.

Dwayne Bravo paid a wonderful tribute to skipper MSDhoni following Chennai Super Kings' win over Sunrisers Hyderabad that helped them get into the final.

Chasing a modest target of 140, CSK were tottering at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and gifted CSK a memorable win. Chennai suffered early setbacks during their chase.

Team wise, CSK brought in Shane Watson for Sam Billings while SRH, coming into the game with three losses on the trot, went in unchanged.

Du Plessis waged a lone battle as wickets fell in a heap at the other end with Sandeep Sharma getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.

It was the fourth ball of the seventh over when Rashid went through Dhoni's defense and disturbed his leg stump. The sound of the timber was music for Kaul. Rayudu was bowled out on his very first ball which was a yorker.

Chennai Super Kings rally around Faf du Plessis after the South Africa test captain batted them into the IPL final
RAJANISH KAKADE AP Chennai Super Kings rally around Faf du Plessis after the South Africa test captain batted them into the IPL final

"Chennai's been to seven finals, so the experience of big games, MS understands what to ask of the players". Nobody, not even Dhoni, would have expected him to bowl 14 dot balls and return figures of 4-0-13-1. The big googly did Dhoni in.

The outstanding spell of fast bowling by young South African Lungi Ngidi, who grabbed 4 for 10 to take the man of the match award last night, could not have come at a more opportune time for the Super Kings. Their hope now was on Jadeja and Bravo.

Du Plessis hit the winning runs with a Dhoni-esque six, hitting one straight over Bhuvneshwar Kumar's heads in the first over of the final over. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com.A slight net run-rate difference separated the two teams which finished the league stage on 18 points. They are backed by a well-oiled bowing line-up. "But somehow, we have managed to keep our boys on track". The 29-year old was 8 from 15 balls before the start of the 18th over, when he decided he had seen enough and cut loose. Williamson came out as if he was having practice at the nets.

We kept losing wickets, for that reason also we had to keep pushing ourselves to get the number of runs needed. However, it required a blitz from Shardul Thakur to get Chennai home. Williamson can consider himself unlucky as he was dismissed off a nothing ball - it was short and wide but the Hyderabad captain gloved it to Dhoni. Rashid then struck once again, ably backing up the pressure built by Brathwaite and Shakib with Dwayne Bravo's wicket, polishing his outside edge to slip off a leg break this time. He was up against a tailender in Shardul Thakur, and few would have fancied him to concede 17 runs off that over.

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

The question really was: can du Plessis do for CSK what Brathwaite did for SRH?


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