Chennai Super Kings in seventh IPL final


South African Faf du Plessis scored 67 not out to steer Chennai Super Kings to a dramatic final-over victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad and secure a place in the Indian Premier League final.

For a brilliant 42-ball 67* that helped Chennai win the match, Faf du Plessis is the batsman of the match. He also ensured that he held his end up in case one of his batting partners was able to stick through for an alliance. However, the all-rounder had a good time in the field with the ball.

"Sometimes the game seems out of reach, but you keep sticking in". That's where the experience comes in. 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. The in-form Ambati Rayudu was cleaned up by a ideal yorker the very next ball, and four overs later MS Dhoni was castled by a Rashid Khan googly.

Du Plessis hit five fours and four sixes to propel Chennai, who returned this season after a two-year corruption ban along with Rajasthan Royals, into the final. Williamson took a punt on Brathwaite and du Plessis launched a calculated assault on him, hitting him for four boundaries in the 18th over.

Hyderabad can still make Sunday's final, for which they will need to beat the victor of Thursday's eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

"Haven't spoken to MSD yet, but what I can tell you, is having joined back at CSK and played with him for Rising Pune Supergiant last time, you can really say he wants it this time".

After restricting SRH to a below-par 139, CSK's hopes of sailing past SRH's total dealt with a major blow as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/14) dismissed Shane Watson (0 runs off 5 balls) in the first over before Siddarth Kaul's (2/32) twin strikes off consecutive deliveries sent Suresh Raina (22, 13b) and Ambati Rayudu - CSK's leading run-getter - back in the fourth over.

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Du Plessis waged a lone war as wickets fell in a heap at the other end with Sandeep Sharma getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar. CSK and Shardul Thakur got lucky when they got two boundaries via two edges off the first two balls from Kaul's over, leaving them to get 15 in 10 balls.

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

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.

At 34 for two Sunrisers, who came into the play-off game after suffering three straight losses, were in trouble and it worsened when they lost their skipper Williamson. Beginning just after the Powerplay, this was the earliest Bravo has bowled this season. Due to this, SRH were 36/3 after 4.2 overs.

Then Bravo pulled off a stunner, pouching on to a low full-blooded drive from Pathan.

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

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