Du Plessis blitz puts Chennai in IPL final

23 May, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Wade Massey
  • SRH will now face the winner of the Eliminator for a second shot at reaching the final

The riveting contest at the Wankhede Stadium will spell out who goes directly to the May 27 final, also scheduled at this venue, with the victor guaranteed a spot in the summit clash and the loser left to play Qualifier 2 in Kolkata on May 25.

With 43 needing off last three overs, Du Plessis, who opened the batting, launched into Carlos Brathwaite's 18th over smashing him for 20 runs which included two sixes and two fours.

Three-time trophy holders Mumbai Indians, who bowed out in the league stage, have been involved in four title clashes since the popular league started in 2008.

In the first qualifier of the 2018 season, Chennai pulled off a last-over thriller against the Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad, thanks to an incredible unbeaten 67-run knock by opener Faf du Plessis. But what's important is to learn out of this game.

"Right from the first game we've used different bowlers in different ways to find out who is the best bowler at the end..."

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

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MS Dhoni failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan while Dwayne Bravo was done in by extra bounce edging one to Shikhar Dhawan at slips.

It was not a good outing for Bangladesh's ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as he scored just 12 in Sunrisers' innings and was then taken for 20 off his two overs during Chennai's chase.

Sunrisers' bowling this season have been extraordinary with Rashid and Shakib as well as the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, combining well to defend paltry totals. Captain Kane Williamson (24) and Yusuf Pathan (24) were the other notable contributors with the bat. Going into the tie, CSK hold a psychological advantage over SRH, having beaten them twice in the ongoing season. "Being in the top two gives us that liberty to have one more game", Dhoni says.

Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Royals in the eliminator on Wednesday in Kolkata.

The IPL final is on May 27 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium with $4 million going to the victor.

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