IPL: Kane Williamson's Sunrisers fall to Super Kings in finals qualifier

HITTING OUT Carlos Brathwaite hitting out during his 43

Fast bowler Siddarth Kaul and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan then picked up two wickets each to dent ChennaiĀ“s chase but Du Plessis absorbed the pressure and finished the game with a six.

Du Plessis batted through the entire innings, looking on as his side lost 8 wickets and looked unlikely to get over the line.

Harbhajan Singh could only manage two runs off nine balls before being run out.

With Kumar and Kaul bowling in tandem, du Plessis was once again just an onlooker as Dhoni tried to fend away their overs. Rashid proceeded to have Dwayne Bravo nicking behind with a sharp legbreak.

South African captain Faf du Plessis is not the most stylish players going around in worldwide cricket and he plays in the same team as the much celebrated and iconic AB de Villiers.

His weakness to playing spin has been the cause of his downfall, as he has failed to move into double figures in six of the eight innings he has batted in.

"The two of them have provided opportunities to take wickets and that's allowed our other bowlers to come into the game a bit more, so he's (Ngidi) been quite instrumental, certainly reducing the scores we're chasing", added Fleming.

Hyderabad bowlers started well with dismantling the in-form Chennai batting.

The CSK batsmen also struggled to get going, with the only meaningful contribution, apart from du Plessis, coming from Suresh Raina (22 from 13). The Protea skipper calmly guided Chennai home with an unbeaten-67 from just 42 balls, a knock that included five boundaries and four sixes. Faf du Plessis was batting on a different wicket altogether amid wickets falling at the other end.

It wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that Chennai supporters were readying themselves for the second qualifier on Friday at Kolkata's Eden Gardens. He was up against a tailender in Shardul Thakur, and few would have fancied him to concede 17 runs off that over.

CSK booked their place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final for the seventh time on Tuesday and it seems that there was nothing that could hold back the team from celebrating. But Hyderabad suffered the first blow off the very first ball of the match when Dhawan cut one on to the stumps off Deepak Chahar.

In the post-match presentation, Dhoni effused praise on du Plessis and said, "This is where experience counts". I've always felt you need to train the mind more than the body. "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant". After returning to dots and singles for a brief while, he once exploded in the fourteenth when he collected a four and a six off consecutive deliveries off Shakib al Hasan.

An image of him raising both his arms after hitting the winning shot, letting out a guttural cry and soaking in the applause from loyal CSK supporters.

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