Du Plessis blitz puts Chennai in IPL final


Du Plessis blitz puts Chennai in IPL final

However, it wasn't the best of welcomes as CSK faced an unlikely resistance in their home ground and were forced to shift their home venue from Chennai to Pune due to security concerns.

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 calm demeanour.

Faf du Plessis is South Africa's own version of "Captain Cool", and he has often proved the same, both in the worldwide circuit and in IPL situations.

Faf du Plessis, Man of the Match, said, "It's nice to make a contribution tonight". Wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami took a brilliant catch to dismiss opener Shane Watson (0) off pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Suresh Raina played a few fluent strokes and raced to 22 from 12 balls before he was bowled behind his legs. Two overs were done and du Plessis hadn't still faced a ball.

Late into the 18th over Carlos Brathwaite hit Shradul Thakur for two sixes and fours scoring 20 runs off the over, helping them reach a target of 139 runs at the end of the 20 overs.

Du Plessis, who opened the batting, had watched the CSK innings collapse at the other end.

Dhoni used du Plessis' knock to underline the team mantra.

The South Africa captain grabbed the opportunity with both hands. "We did that. Obviously it is very tough to swallow because we certainly back our death bowling to close games out for us from that point, but we have been on the right side of a number of those results throughout in this league and today wasn't to be". Their march this far had been due to these two, 661 and 437 runs respectively.

CSK were 93 for 7 and needed 47 from 24 balls when Rashid was through with his overs.

Earlier Chennai Super Kings bowlers restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a total of 139 runs
Chennai Super Kings player Dwayne Bravo celebrating after taking Yusuf Pathan's wicket

Chennai opening batsman Faf de Plessis smashed an unbeaten half century on Tuesday (NZT Wednesday) to anchor the Stephen Fleming-coached team to their seventh final.

"The key there is he batted through the whole innings but faced only 42 deliveries".

The 34-year-old Bravo got two important wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan, who was spectacularly caught and bowled by the West Indian allrounder.

Du Plessis not only exhibited his power-hitting skills, but also portrayed his well-learnt knack of playing with the tail.

"He (Ngidi) has provided a spearhead for MS and it's improved the first six overs". Deepak Chahar is also swinging the ball. He played 29 balls and one boundary and slammed four sixes.

Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai Super Kings made heavy weather of what should have been a comfortable chase before crossing the line with five balls to spare.

"It's not possible without that", Dhoni said after the match. It's not easy to not play a lot of games.

Du Plessis turns saviour for Chennai as he single-handedly masterminds miraculous win over Hyderabad.