CSK eventually prevailed over SRH by 2 wickets © IANS
CSK eventually prevailed over SRH by 2 wickets © IANS

Faf du Plessis pulled off a remarkable heist as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) turned the tables around to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 of VIVO IPL 2018 and proceed to the summit clash. Du Plessis added 23 in 9 balls for the ninth wicket with Shardul Thakur (who remained unbeaten on a 5-ball 15) to see CSK through. This will be the seventh time CSK will play an IPL final in their ninth appearance overall. In pursuit of a modest 140, CSK were down and out needing 90 off 60 balls. They lost wickets at crucial junctures, but escaped out of jail courtesy Faf’s brilliant stroke making in the end. He timed his innings to perfection to set up CSK’s final date with awaited winner of Qualifier 2 (to be played on Friday).

After a thrilling contest at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, here are the marks out of 10 from both dugouts:

Player Performance Marks out of 10
Shane Watson 0 (5), DNB 0
Faf du Plessis 67* (42) 10
Suresh Raina 22 (13), DNB 6
Ambati Rayudu 0 (1) 0
MS Dhoni 9 (18), 2 catches, 1 run-out 5.5
Ravindra Jadeja 3 (5), 4-0-13-1 4
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-25-2, 7 (11) & 1 catch 5.5
Deepak Chahar 4-0-31-1, 10 (6) & 1 catch 6
Harbhajan Singh 2 (9), DNB 1
Shardul Thakur 15* (5), 4-0-51-1 5
Lungi Ngidi DNB, 4-0-20-1 7

 

Player Performance Marks out of 10
Shikhar Dhawan 0 (1), 1 catch 2
Shreevats Goswami 12 (9), 1 catch 3
Kane Williamson 24 (15) 5
Manish Pandey 8 (16) 2.5
Shakib Al Hasan 12 (10), 2-0-20-0 2
Yusuf Pathan 24 (29), DNB 4
Carlos Brathwaite 43* (29), 3-0-31-0, 1 catch 5.5
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7 (11), 3.1-0-14-1 6
Rashid Khan DNB, 4-0-11-2 9
Siddarth Kaul DNB, 4-0-32-2 8
Sandeep Sharma DNB, 3-0-30-0 2

Note

- Williamson loses points due to poor bowling changes in the death overs.

- Bravo gains few brownie points for an acrobatic return catch, and much improved bowling effort.

- Brathwaite loses points for one expensive over in a very crucial juncture.

Brief scores

Sunrisers Hyderabad 139 for 7 in 20 overs [Kane Williamson 24 (15), Yusuf Pathan 24 (29), Carlos Brathwaite 43 (29)*; Dwayne Bravo 4-0-25-2, Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-13-1] lost to Chennai Super Kings 140 for 8 in 19.1 overs [Faf du Plessis 67 (42)*; Siddarth Kaul 4-0-32-2, Rashid Khan 4-0-11-2] by 2 wickets with 5 balls to spare.

Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis.

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