Du Plessis powers Chennai into seventh IPL final

Du Plessis powers Chennai into seventh IPL final

"The player today who hasn't played that much came out on a bigger stage of the tournament today and for Faf to do that is testament to his skills set and his mindset as well".

"Took confidence from that". All-rounder Dwayne Bravo celebrated this victory with a dance in the dressing room.

It was a fairytale comeback for CSK, who were reduced to 92/7 in 15 overs in reply to Sunrisers Hyderabad's 139/7.

The South Africa captain grabbed the opportunity with both hands. With wickets falling rapidly and the equation at 43 runs required from the final three overs, he deposited Carlos Brathwaite (0-31) for four boundaries in an over and then sealed an unlikely victory with a six. CSK and Shardul Thakur got lucky when they got two boundaries via two edges off the first two balls from Kaul's over, leaving them to get 15 in 10 balls.

Du Plessis batted through the innings to remain not out on 67 runs, with five hits to the fence and four sixes studding his 42-ball knock.

"Sometimes the game seems out of reach, but you keep sticking in".

In-form Suresh Raina was playing beautifully, hitting four well-timed boundaries on his way to 22 off 13 balls. Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket.

CSK, who returned to the IPL after serving a two-year ban, played like a team possessed with their skipper MS Dhoni once again at the forefront with calm demeanour.

However, it wasn't the best of welcomes as CSK faced an unlikely resistance in their home ground and were forced to shift their home venue from Chennai to Pune due to security concerns.

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"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".

In a big playoff game, their out-and-out quick Lungi Ngidi did the business at the top, keeping it in that uncomfortable short-of-good-length region that makes him so hard to get away.

Kane WIlliamson, the SRJ Captain, said, "Trip to Kolkata now should be interesting. Of course, MS (Dhoni) is a usual culprit", Fleming noted.

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

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

"The two of them have provided opportunities to take wickets and that's allowed our other bowlers to come into the game a bit more, so he's (Ngidi) been quite instrumental, certainly reducing the scores we're chasing", added Fleming.

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.

Earlier, SRH top order stuttered against seamers in the batting powerplay as Shikhar Dhawan dragged Chahar back onto his stumps off the first ball.

Williamson, in red-hot form in the season, produced three hits to the fence off the last three balls in the same over, an exquisite extra cover drive being the pick.

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