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'Miraculous' Bravo catch helps Chennai into IPL final

'Miraculous' Bravo catch helps Chennai into IPL final

Coming back after a two-year ban, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday pulled off a thrilling two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to make theie seventh final of the cash-rich league, with du Plessis' unbeaten 67-run knock leading the chase.

With Chennai needing six runs off the last over, du Plessis brought up the victory in style over the umpire's head off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling.

"Took confidence from that".

The South Africa captain grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Shardul too came to the party with two consecutive boundaries, thanks to lucky inside edges and a last-ball boundary to take 17 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Kaul. You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time. He hit Chahar for a cover-driven boundary off the fourth ball of the over and followed it up with a boundary past mid-wicket and one clipped through the fine-leg region. Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket.

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"Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket".

"Haven't spoken to MSD yet, but what I can tell you, is having joined back at CSK and played with him for Rising Pune Supergiant last time, you can really say he wants it this time". Rashid, who was called on to bowl the 8th, 10th, 12th and 16th over, castled Dhoni neck and crop with a googly and then had the wicket of Dwayne Bravo. Williamson took a punt on Brathwaite and du Plessis launched a calculated assault on him, hitting him for four boundaries in the 18th over. "So try to get through him as much as you can". "Sam Billings has played a little bit, played the extra bowler in a couple of games but in Faf, CSK went for experience and boy did he play well", Smith said.

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Shane Watson (0) edged one off Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Kaul (2/32) castled Suresh Raina (22 off 13 balls) and in-form Ambati Rayudu (0) off successive deliveries.

"It was unbelievable - Faf du Plessis finding his inner MS Dhoni there at the backend, batting all the way through, taking it right to the end".

SRH had one leg in the final at the point but Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis, it seems, had other ideas.

On Tuesday night, CSK restricted SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 139-7 before finding themselves in a precarious position at 62-6.

"The game did swing our way, and bowlers were outstanding, but we didn't quite execute it like in the past", Williamson said.

Yusuf Pathan contributed 24, but Carlos Brathwaite's 43 not out from 29 balls helped Hyderabad post 139-7, although it was not enough in the end.

Wary of the dew factor later in the evening, skipper Dhoni had earlier opted to field against 2016 champions Hyderabad and paceman Deepak Chahar gave Chennai a ideal start by dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for a first ball duck.


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