Chennai Super Kings booked their place in Sunday's IPL 2018 final after a thrilling two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. Sunrisers have depended totally on their captain Kane Williamson, who has been in terrific form to rise to the number two slot in the leading run-getters' list with 661 runs at just over 60 per game.
Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai chased down the target with five balls to spare. The South African remained unbeaten on 67 off 42 balls, which included four sixes and five fours, and added unconquered 27 runs off 8 balls with Shardul Thakur (15 off 5 balls).
Chennai Super Kings are the only team in the history of the Indian Premier League to reach seven finals.
The victor of the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday will remain in Mumbai for the IPL 2018 final to be played on Sunday, whereas the losing team will travel to take on the victor of the contest between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant".
One change for CSK: Shane Watson is in, Sam Billings is out.
Chennai had fallen to 62-6 but opener Du Plessis guided his side to victory with his 47-ball knock.
Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan (2-11) brilliantly mixed up his googlies and sharp leg breaks in his four overs as he dismissed Dhoni (9) and Dwayne Bravo (7).
Deepak Charar gave MS Dhoni the ideal start, after the Super Kings captain had put the Sunrisers into bat, as he bowled Shikhar Dhawan with the first ball of the match.
Carlos Brathwaite (43* off 29 balls), skipper Kane Willamson (24) and Yusuf Pathan (24) were the useful contributors for Sunrisers on a track that offered good bounce.
Suresh Raina counter-attacked, hitting Sandeep Sharma's first three balls to the boundary ropes but Kaul's introduction in the fourth proved pivotal as a fuller ball bowled Raina before the 28-year-old got his next ball to swing in late to uproot Ambati Rayudu's middle and off stumps and dismiss him for a first-ball duck.
"Credit goes to management, support staff and players".