IPL 2018 qualifier: CSK clinch thriller against SRH, enter final

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2018

Brathwaite takes the pace off the next ball but du Plessis drags it past short fine leg for a FOUR.

The two-time winners are playing in the IPL for the first time since a two-year suspension for corruption.

Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai chased down the target with five balls to spare.

However, Hyderabad bowlers do deserve credit for making a match of a small total but this time their luck ran out in the end.

Kumar had Shane Watson dismissed for zero with an impeccable away swinger in the first over and Kaul knocked back the stumps of in form Suresh Raina (22) and Ambati Rayudu (0).

Earlier, CSK bowling attack utilised lively pitch to the fullest as they restricted Sunrisers to a modest 139/7.

Du Plessis waged a lone battle as wickets fell in a heap at the other end with Sandeep Sharma getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.

Bravo then chipped in with 2-25 that included a smart return tumbling catch to dismiss Yusuf Pathan before Brathwaite smashed 43 off 29 balls and Hyderabad scored 51 runs off the last five overs.

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

At 34 for two Hyderabad, who came into the play-off game after suffering three straight losses, were in trouble and it worsened when they lost their skipper Williamson. The plus point for Super Kings, who have alternately blown hot and cold in their last six games, is that they have not depended on just a couple of batsmen although Rayudu has been their standout performer with 586 runs.

Dhoni has been the captain of Chennai Super Kings since the beginning of Indian Premier and he has led them to their seventh IPL final, a record for both the team and Dhoni. It reflects the dressing room atmosphere we've been able to create.

Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 13) sent back Manish Pandey cheaply as half the Hyderabad was back in the pavilion with only 69 on the board.

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