IPL 2018: Faf du Plessis scripts great escape, CSK in final

IPL 2018: Faf du Plessis scripts great escape, CSK in final

IPL 2018: Faf du Plessis scripts great escape, CSK in final

In a big playoff game, their out-and-out quick Lungi Ngidi did the business at the top, keeping it in that uncomfortable short-of-good-length region that makes him so hard to get away. He fell awkwardly on his hip and it has been quite bruised. "The game obviously has its ups and downs, twists and turns, but we have had a season where we have won from unwinnable positions. Faf played a attractive knock, and credit to the way they scrapped it", he said.

Chasing a modest target of 140, Chennai Super Kings were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

"The player today who hasn't played that much came out on a bigger stage of the tournament today and for Faf to do that is testament to his skills set and his mindset as well". Over the past five games, CSK's bowlers have outdone even Sunrisers', who were not too long ago the best bowling side going around.

In retrospect, the answer to that question is a cursory "duh", but du Plessis' selection was another case of Super Kings backing an out-of-form experienced player over an out-of-form youngster in Sam Billings. He had a special word for Lungi Ngidi, who once again impressed with figures of 1 for 20.

A late flurry from West Indian Brathwaite, who slammed Thakur for four huge sixes and a four in death overs, boosted the total significantly. So we're getting wickets in the front, Deepak Chahar is also swinging the ball. He went unused every other game, as they went about trying to find their flawless bowling combination.

CSK, attempting to make it to their seventh final in nine seasons that they have been part of IPL, struck another blow just past the Powerplay period.

The two-time World Cup winning captain added, "And you can't do that without the players and the support staff". Starting then, the rub of the green went against SRH on several occasions; Kane Williamson (24) and Shakib al Hasan gloved the ball to be caught down the leg-side, while Shreevats Goswami and Yusuf Pathan (24) were at the receiving end of sensational return catches. "But somehow, we have managed to keep our boys on track".

As expected celebrations broke out in CSK's dressing room after the match; the most entertaining of which, could be Dwayne Bravo's song and dance celebration dedicated to Dhoni. A video of the same was posted on Twitter by Chennai Super Kings. "I didn't know how we got over the line, but it was just one of those games where if you hung in till the end, anything can happen". "If we would have lost, you still give yourself a second chance". They bowled very well, and there was a bit for the fast bowlers.

"It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more (runs)", said Williamson. Losing three-four wickets in the middle always puts you on pressure.

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