Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

CSK hero Faf thanks fans after winning knock

CSK hero Faf thanks fans after winning knock

Sunrisers will now have to beat the victor of the eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in order to progress through to the final, according to a Stuff report.

Led by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings have reached the finals of Indian Premier League 2018 by beating the table toppers SunRisers Hyderabad in the first Qualifier match by two wickets in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Du Plessis had played 49 matches before (he has played eight matches for the Rising Pune Supergiant) the landmark of sorts 50th and he showed his ball-hitting capabilities that perhaps surprised his teammates in the dugout, and the CSK fans, but not himself. Both the sides have been phenomenal with an all-round performance in this season and have won nine games each.

With 43 needed off last three overs, Du Plessis, who opened the batting, launched into Brathwaite's 18th over and smashed him for 20 runs. It's about constantly improving.

"Right from the first game we've used different bowlers in different ways to find out who is the best bowler at the end..." At the end of 13 overs, the South African was 21 from 24 balls, when he decided the moment had come for him to step on the accelerator; he then added 46 runs in 18 balls to guide his team to a win.

Paceman Dwayne Bravo set up the win with impressive bowling figures of two for 25 to restrict Hyderabad to 139-7. The in-form Ambati Rayudu was cleaned up by a flawless yorker the very next ball, and four overs later MS Dhoni was castled by a Rashid Khan googly.

For SRH, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets each, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck once - in the very first over.

Medium-pace bowler Sandeep Sharma also got two wickets. In addition, Kane Williamson and team had a great stint with the ball in this season but CSK was the only franchise to hammer them twice this year.

The 34-year-old Bravo got two important wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan, who was spectacularly caught and bowled by the West Indian allrounder.

CSK will be mightily pleased that it did not have to take the flight to Dum Dum and wait for the outcome of the match between Knight Riders and Royals, thanks to du Plessis' best outing for the men in yellow and quirks of IPL T20!

Bravo, whose signature dance moves is winning hearts this IPL season, was jubilant after CSK's thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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