SRH vs CSK, IPL 2018

Kane Williamson scored 24 runs in Sunrisers Hyderabad's preliminary final defeat to Chennai Super Kings

Kane Williamson scored 24 runs in Sunrisers Hyderabad's preliminary final defeat to Chennai Super Kings

And after Faf du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 67 to lead CSK into their record seventh IPL final with a thrilling two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday, the two-time winners have a reason to celebrate already.

"It took a little bit of turn, but it was probably a 160 wicket, so we were a little bit short with the bat". Starting then, the rub of the green went against SRH on several occasions; Kane Williamson (24) and Shakib al Hasan gloved the ball to be caught down the leg-side, while Shreevats Goswami and Yusuf Pathan (24) were at the receiving end of sensational return catches. Du Plessis survived the storm, played out the most hard bowler in the opposition (Rashid Khan), and turned on the heat just at the right time.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is one of the vital cogs in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) line-up.

In the match which went down the wire, the yellow brigade were once reeling at 92/7 losing all of their key batsmen however, it was South African du Plessis who held his nerve to single-handedly carve out a win. Hyderabad suffered a fatal blow when Shikhar Dhawan got out of the first ball of the match as it started a slide, after that Hyderabad couldn't quite recover. "This is the best combination that we have got", skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said after the win.

Chennai Super Kings rally around Faf du Plessis after the South Africa test captain batted them into the IPL final
RAJANISH KAKADE AP Chennai Super Kings rally around Faf du Plessis after the South Africa test captain batted them into the IPL final

While Chennai Super Kings' batting has won them matches easily, Sunrisers bowling lineup has blown away opposition teams, even while defending a low total. Williamson called his bowlers "outstanding" for bringing them back into the contest.

Du Plessis' 67 off 42 balls enabled Chennai Super Kings to chase down a tricky target of 140 in 19.1 overs after being down at 92 for seven. As the tournament has gone on and pitches have become progressively slower, Jadeja has bowled his entire quota in five of his last six games. "It did swing and if you take early wickets, I suppose you can be in the game majority of the time". "If we would have lost, you still give yourself a second chance. We have been on the right side a number of those results throughout this league and today wasn't to be", he added.

"It was a good game of cricket, but if we are honest with ourselves, we were a few runs short with the bat". He had a special word for Lungi Ngidi, who once again impressed with figures of 1 for 20. "He (Ngidi) has provided a spearhead for MS and it's improved the first six overs". Deepak Chahar is also swinging the ball. Last night, when Dhoni won the toss and put the Hyderabad in, it was pretty much clear that these two will have to bat big if they had to put up a challenging total.

For SRH, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets each, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck once - in the very first over. "If atmosphere is not great, it becomes hard to perform", he added.

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