T20 2018: Chennai pip Hyderabad to make their seventh Twenty20 final

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2018

SRH will now take on the victor of the eliminator match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, to be held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, tomorrow, at the same venue on May 25.

An under-pressure innings from Faf du Plesis (67 not out) helped Chennai Super Kings edged past Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the first qualifier to enter the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Tuesday.

It is the seventh time Chennai have made the IPL final.

Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai chased down the target with five balls to spare.

Brathwaite to bowl his 3. du Plessis gets down on one knee and lifts the 2 ball over extra cover for a FOUR. Siddarth Kaul bowling the 19th over paid for his inexperience in crunch game as 17 runs came off that over as no 10 Shardul Thakur (15 off 5 balls) got three boundaries including a streaky one.

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, too, didn't last long.

Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming now works as a T20 coach, with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League. "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant".

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Kumar had Shane Watson dismissed for zero with an impeccable away swinger in the first over and Kaul knocked back the stumps of in form Suresh Raina (22) and Ambati Rayudu (0).

Seamer Sandeep Sharma (2-30) had the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar in successive overs of his return spell and reduced Chennai to 92-7 in 15 overs before du Plessis kept his cool and guided Chennai to victory.

Deepak Charar gave MS Dhoni the ideal start, after the Super Kings captain had put the Sunrisers into bat, as he bowled Shikhar Dhawan with the first ball of the match.

Skipper Kane Willamson (24), Yusuf Pathan (24) and Brathwaite (43 in 29 balls) were the useful contributors for Hyderabad on a track that offered good bounce.

"Saying that, the game swung back our way, the bowlers were outstanding only didn't execute (in the death) as we have in the past", he added of his bowlers who have been excellent in defending low totals throughout season 11.

"Credit goes to management, support staff and players".

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