Faf du Plessis helps Chennai Super Kings confirm IPL Final berth
Chennai Super Kings (140-8) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (139-7) by 2 wickets as Faf du Plessis carried his bat in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL playoffs where the pendulum kept swinging from one side to the other.
Although SRH had lost both their games against CSK in the league stage, chances of both the teams were pretty even-steven going in. The Qualifier 1 played at the Wankhede Stadium at Mumbai delivered what it had promised.
If the first ball was any indication, we were up for a cracker of a match as Shikhar Dhawan (0) was chopped on off Deepak Chahar (4-31-1). With his, CSK kept gaining momentum dismissing Shreevats Goswami (12), Kane Williamson (24) and Manish Pandey (8) in quick succession.
After Yusuf Pathan’s (24,29b) sensible knock helped SRH settle things down, it was Carlos Braithwate’s (43, 29b) late surge that took the Williamson led team to a respectable 139-run total. On a wicket where the ball was both seaming and spinning, it was certainly a competitive total.
CSK’s inning started at a similar note as that of SRH, with opener Shane Watson getting out for a duck. Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis then tried to steady the ship but the partnership ended soon with the departure of Raina (22), who was bowled by Siddarth Kaul (4-32-2).
CSK’s wickets kept tumbling as Rashid Khan (4-11-2) removed Dhoni (9) and Bravo (7) in a short span. It was Sharul Thakur (15, 5b) who finally lent some assistance to du Plessis with an unbeaten 27 run partnership.
With a couple of boundaries, Shardul lifted the burden off the shoulders of du Plessis (67, 42b, MoM) as the opener took CSK to victory with a six while carrying his bat.
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