Faf du Plessis struck an unbeaten 67 as Chennai Super Kings sealed a two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai to reach their seventh IPL final. Unfortunately for him, the bat found only the tip of the ball and the edge carried to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Rayudu was bowled out on his very first ball which was a yorker.
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Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 13) sent back Manish Pandey cheaply as half the Sunrisers team was back in the pavilion with only 69 on the board. In between, he hit Shakib for a four and a six in the 14th over to stay in touch with the game. Read Also: IPL 2018: Through the team's Highs and Lows, meet the women who cheer their husbands on and off the field Even before the first ball in the match was bowled, it was a known fact that the Hyderabad outfit was a two-batsman (Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson) unit. Du Plessis completed the formalities with a six off the first ball in the last over off Bhuvneshwar to kick off celebrations in the CSK camp. Their march this far had been due to these two, 661 and 437 runs respectively. Last night, when Dhoni won the toss and put the Hyderabad in, it was pretty much clear that these two will have to bat big if they had to put up a challenging total. So we're getting wickets in the front, Deepak Chahar is also swinging the ball. Williamson came out as if he was having practice at the nets. It was Thakur who got Chennai their biggest breakthrough.
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Kane Williamson, upon whose fantastic accumulation of runs has been chiefly instrumental in his team advancing to the play offs stage, counter-attacked hitting a flurry of boundary shots. Williamson gloved a pull - his fourth dismissal to short or short-of-a-length deliveries this season, Shreevats Goswami offered Lungi Ngidi a return catch, and Shakib Al Hasan too fell to a catch down the leg side. The bowler this time was Dwayne Bravo.
The two times these sides met in this season prior to this, Ambati Rayudu was a thorn in Sunrisers' flesh, winning the Man of the Match award in both games with fabulous knocks, one of them a resounding hundred. I think with the bat, we could have taken some better options in order to get maybe another 15/20 on that surface.
If Sunrisers bowlers were brilliant in the defence, Super Kings had bowled to a plan - that to not give away many drives at the unforgiving Wankhede Stadium - to keep Sunrisers down to 139. Brathwaite hit him for four huge sixes and a boundary.
Now, though, Super Kings needed just a clinical finish, which du Plessis provided, with a dash of spectacular by sealing it with a six.