Du Plessis blitz puts Chennai in IPL final

Du Plessis blitz puts Chennai in IPL final

Du Plessis blitz puts Chennai in IPL final

20 off the last over.

"It was a good game of cricket, but if we are honest with ourselves, we were a few runs short with the bat". Super Kings seem to hold a slight edge going into the match as they have not only got the better of their southern rivals twice in the league stage of the competition but also have the winning momentum going into the match on what promises to be a bouncy track.

MS Dhoni had only praise for Chennai team-mate Faf du Plessis after the South African batted the Super Kings into the IPL final.

Hyderabad can still make Sunday's final, for which they will need to beat the victor of Thursday's eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

After losing their openers quickly, skipper Kane Williamson made a 15-ball 24 to lead this season's IPL batting chart with 685 runs before walking back to the dugout.

Banned for two seasons on charges of corruption, the most successful franchise in the history of T20 cricket played like a team possessed with their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again at the forefront with a calm demeanour.

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Much of the credit for the Orange Army's entry into the playoffs goes to the consistency of skipper Kane Williamson, who sits second in the leading run-getters' list with 661 runs and the bowling unit leg by paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

Sunrisers' bowling this season have been extraordinary with Rashid and Shakib as well as the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, combining well to defend paltry totals.

SRH have lost their last 3 games having topped the points table with 18 points.

One change for CSK: Shane Watson is in, Sam Billings is out. After 10 overs, the score was a modest 64 for 4.

M. S. Dhoni (c, wk), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi. The match timings have been advanced by one hour for the play-offs. He has so far scored eight half-centuries in IPL 2018, and he looked in prime form on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai before he was dismissed.

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