Faf du Plessis scored well composed 67 and took Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets. CSK reach finals while SRH will now play Qualifier 2
Chasing 140 in the Qualifier 1 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), Chennai Super Kings won the match by 2 wickets and sealed their berth in the finals, thanks to the wonderful batting by Faf du Plessis and a cameo by Shardul Thakur. CSK will now play in the finals on May 27. SRH will face the winner of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. Kaul came to bowl the 17th over and just gave 4 runs. CSK needed 43 from 18. Brathwaite came to bowl the 18th over and Faf hit him for a four and six. He completed his 50 as well. Harbhajan was run out on the bowler's end for 2 from 9 runs. Shardul Thakur was the new man in. Faf hit Brathwaite for 20 runs and took the equation to 23 from 12 balls. Kaul came to bowl the 19th over and Thakur edged one for four and then one more. 6 were needed from 6 when Bhuvneshwar came to bowl the final over. First ball six to Bhuvneshwar and CSK won by 2 wickets.
Earlier, were off to a bad start as Shane Watson was caught clueless by an outswinger by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was out for a duck. Suresh Raina was the new man on the crease and scored one run off the very first ball. Sandeep Sharma came to bowl the second over and Raina hit him for three consecutive fours. He leaked 13 runs in the over. Kumar came to bowl the third over. He kept it tight for the du Plessis and Raina. Rashid continued and just gave two runs in the 10th over. Shakib Al Hasan came to bowl and gave just six runs from the over. Rashid came to bowl his third over and scalped Bravo, who was caught at slip by Dhawan. He went for 7. Ravindra Jadeja came to the crease. After 12 overs, CSK were at 61-5. Carlos Brathwaite was introduced in the attack. Runs did not come easily against his bowling as just three runs came from it. Rashid Khan came to the attack and scalped Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He misread the ball and his stumps were rattled. Dhoni scored 9 runs from 18 balls. Dwayne Bravo came to the crease. After 8 overs CSK were at 40 for the loss of 4 wickets. Carlos came to the attack, and du Plessis was hit for a six. CSK were at 48-4 in 9 overs.
Last Updated 23, May 2018, 12:45 AM IST