Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson scored fifties and Dwyane Bravo and Deepak Chahar scalped two wickets each as Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 to make it to IPL 2019 final. @PTI/BCCI

After Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir restricted Delhi Capitals (DC) to 147/9, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson starred with the bat as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) completed a comprehensive six-wicket win in the Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday and set up a final showdown against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday.

Needing 148 runs to win, CSK had an early reprieve as DC made a mess of a run-out opportunity. After Shane Watson dabbed one to the point and took off for a run, almost colliding with Faf du Plessis, Axar Patel fire one towards the non-striker’s end but missed the direct-hit and Colin Munro, instead of targeting the stumps at the non-striker’s went for a wayward throw at the other end as DC failed squandered an opportunity to strike early.

While CSK did not really enjoy a flying start as they could score only 16 in the first four overs, Faf hit five fours in the next two overs as CSK scored 42 runs in the powerplay without losing a wicket.

The South African skipper continued in same vein and notched up a fifty in 37 balls while Watson took some time to settle in CSK moved past 80 at the end of 10 overs. (IPL 2019, Qualifier 2 CSK vs DC: AS IT HAPPENED)

Trent Boult though broke the opening partnership as he ended Faf’s stay in the middle 11th over. Watson, though, opened his shoulders as he took on Keemo Paul in 12th over, hitting him for 2 sixes and as many fours as CSK scored 25 runs in the over as Watson, like his opening partner, brought up his fifty in 31 balls.

While Amit Mishra dismissed the big-hitting Australian in the 13th over and Axar Patel removed Suresh Raina in the 16th over, it was too little too late as CSK sealed a -wicket win to seal a place in the final.

Earlier, after put in to bat, Shikhar Dhawan took on Shardul Thakur, who replaced Murali Vijay in the playing XI, hitting him for three fours as DC moved to 20 in the first two overs. However, CSK struck in the third over as Deepak Chahar dismissed Prithvi Shaw after the right-hander could not execute the pull shot to perfection and was out LBW.

CSK struck for the second time in the powerplay as Harbhajan Singh struck in the sixth over as MS Dhoni took a sharp catch on the second attempt to remove Shikhar Dhawan for 18 DC lost both their openers in the first six overs and scored 41 runs. (ALSO READ: Harbhajan Singh becomes fourth bowler to take 150 (or more) IPL wickets)

While DC moved past fifty in the eighth over, CSK managed to keep DC in check as Ravindra Jadeja removed Colin Munro in the ninth over after the New Zealand left-hander had scored 27.

DC were in need of a partnership as CSK managed to keep things tight and the pressure of quick runs got the better off Shreyas Iyer as he top-edged an Imran Tahir delivery and Suresh Raina completed the catch to give the South African spinner his first wicket of the night.

The slide continued as Dwayne Bravo joined the wicket-taking party as Axar Patel perished in the 13th over, giving an easy catch to Tahir at the third man as DC lost their fifth wicket.

While Sherfane Rutherford survived Tahir’s guile and a DRS review, he could only score 10 runs as Harbhajan scalped his second wicket of the match and went on to become only the fourth bowler to take more than 150 IPL wickets.

CSK had a chance to end Rishabh Pant’s innings in the 17th over when he was on 24 but Chahar went past the boundary rope after taking the catch as the DC wicketkeeper-batsman got a life and his team a much-needed hope of putting up a respectable total on the board.

Bravo, meanwhile, made sure CSK continue to land blows at the regular intervals as he dismissed Keemo Paul in the 18th over. Chahar too made up for his earlier Pant reprieve as he removed Pant in the penultimate over as Dc were looking to end their innings with a flourish.

Trent Boult, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma though played a couple of big shots as DC scored 16 runs in the last over, bowled by Jadeja. But CSK managed to restrict DC to 147/9.

Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 151/4 (Faf du Plessis 50, Shane Watson 50; Trent Boult 1/20) beat Delhi Capitals 147/9  (Rishabh Pant 38, Colin Munro 27; Dwayne Bravo 2/19) by six wickets