Five takeaways from Chennai Super Kings' marvelous win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL Chennai edge out Hyderabad in thriller to enter final

IPL Chennai edge out Hyderabad in thriller to enter final

Rashid then removed Dwayne Bravo (7) in the 12th over, before Sandeep dismissed Ravindra Jadeja in the next over to leave CSK at 62/6 in 12.3 overs.

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

"Sometimes dumb luck. you just pick the guys at the right time and they just play and innings for the team that means so much and we saw one of those today", the former New Zealand skipper explained, adding, "Sam's injury made it pretty clear that Faf at 1 and Rayudu at 4 was the way to go". Unfortunately for him, the bat found only the tip of the ball and the edge carried to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Williamson had pushed the ball to deep square leg and Harbhajan Singh sprinted across to stop the batsmen from taking a third.

The young gun - The 19-year-old Rashid Khan took two wickets for 11 runs in his four overs.

Kane Williamson scored 24 runs in Sunrisers Hyderabad's preliminary final defeat to Chennai Super Kings.

Paceman Dwayne Bravo set up the win with impressive bowling figures of two for 25 to restrict Hyderabad to 139-7.

For the second time in two matches, CSK reaped the benefit of experience.

And yet Chennai initially stumbled horribly with the bat, losing early wickets and struggling to plunder runs with any sort of consistency to give Du Plessis a mountain to climb in the closing stages. When Brathwaite was thrown the ball for the 18th over, du Plessis knew his time had come. In the ninth over, in the first show of aggression, he deposited a short delivery from Brathwaite into the stands.

Carlos Brathwaite hitting out during his 43.

Du Plessis' 67 off 42 balls took Chennai to 140-8 as the South African brought up the victory with a straight six off Bhuneshwar Kumar's first ball of the last over.

At CSK, in-form Ambati Rayudu was the first-choice opener for the most part of the season but Dhoni backed the seasoned campaigner in the big match on Tuesday. Final partnership between SN Thakur and Faf proved to be fruitful for team CSK to finish off the match in style five balls before the final ball. Brathwaite hit one boundary and four sixes in his 29-ball outing.

With six needed off the last over, CSK were once again favourites to win but they had to deal with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the best death bowlers in T20s. The left-arm spinner generally darted the ball, had an excellent grouping on ball pitch, and seldom gave batsmen any room or length for them to swing their willow. Thakur hit four off the last ball to make it six off six balls.

SRH's four main bowlers on the night - Bhuvneshwar, Kaul, Sandeep and Rashid - had all done well.

Dhoni also stressed the need to use different bowlers at different stages of the competition for the goal of testing them.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was soaking in everything with his usual calm demeanour before attributing Chennai Super Kings' seventh IPL final appearance to "dressing room atmosphere", a far cry from the awe that was best summed up by a popular teammate's groovy tribute.

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

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