South Africa star player Faf du Plessis took Chennai Super Kings to the final of the Indian Premier League as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets in the first qualifier at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday.
Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 67 off 42 balls to help CSK chase down 140 in a low-scoring thriller in Mumbai.
The 33-year-old smashed five boundaries and four sixes during his knock to take CSK to their 7th IPL final.
He had started off his innings very slowly and didn’t get to bat for nearly three overs after opening the innings with Shane Watson. But Du Plessis batted superbly in the second half of his knock with the tail-enders – adding 30 runs with Deepak Chahar, 21 runs with Harbhajan Singh and 27* with Shardul Thakur – to take his team over the line with 5 balls to spare.
Suresh Raina also made a useful contribution with 22 runs while Shardul made 15 not out, which included two boundaries off Siddharth Kaul in the penultimate over which tilted the equation in CSK’s favour.
CSK needed 6 runs to win in the final over and du Plessis smacked a six off the first ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/14) to finish the match with 5 balls to spare and triggered massive celebrations in the CSK dugout.
Earlier, Hyderabad rode on a quickfire 43 off 29 to post 139 for 7 in 20 overs after being put into bat by Dhoni.
The low-scoring match saw the batsmen struggling to score freely and it was only because of Brathwaite’s flourish in the death overs which gave SRH bowlers a defendable score.
Yusuf Pathan and captain Kane Williamson also made useful contributions to the total scoring 24 runs each while Shakib Al Hasan (12) and Shreevats Goswami (12) made identical scores as well.
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets while Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja got a wicket each.
Here is how the Twitter world reacted to the Chennai Super Kings run chase:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 22, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 22, 2018
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) May 22, 2018
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) May 22, 2018
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) May 22, 2018
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 22, 2018
One of the most incredible comebacks in our IPL journey. Sheer delight watching @faf1307 's one man show along with @imShard 's blistering shots in the end. @imjadeja , @NgidiLungi & @DJBravo47 were outstanding in 1st inn. One more to go, keep the whistles coming @ChennaiIPL 🦁
— Lakshmi Narayanan (@lakshuakku) May 22, 2018
— venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) May 22, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 22, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 22, 2018
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) May 22, 2018
Faf Du Plessis take a bow!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #IPL
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) May 22, 2018
— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) May 22, 2018
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) May 22, 2018
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 22, 2018
7th IPL final for the Dhoni led @ChennaiIPL in 9 years. No player has ever led his side to so many finals. It's like a special magic that's being weaved year after year. Something that's not quite ordinary. Without doubt the 'BEST SIDE' in IPL ever. Period #SRHvCSK
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) May 22, 2018
Fantastic finish by Faf… great game to watch! #CSK
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) May 22, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 22, 2018
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) May 22, 2018
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) May 22, 2018
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) May 22, 2018
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) May 22, 2018
Box office 👌 https://t.co/mZjH0bFOLb
— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) May 22, 2018
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) May 22, 2018
This is CSK's ninth IPL season and they have reached to the finals seven times. Unbelievable!#SRHvCSK
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 22, 2018
What a wonderful team #CSK is. Their self belief and the players standing up in crunch situations is amazing. Brilliant consistency for their qualification to yet another @IPL #Final. Their 7th Final 🙌🏻@ChennaiIPL
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) May 22, 2018
Stiff battle of skills and nerves it was. Whistlepodu effort by CSK to win this from a near-impossible position
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 22, 2018
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) May 22, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) May 22, 2018