Dwayne Bravo Pays 'Dance' Tribute to MS Dhoni in Dressing Room

Dwayne Bravo Pays 'Dance' Tribute to MS Dhoni in Dressing Room

Dwayne Bravo Pays 'Dance' Tribute to MS Dhoni in Dressing Room

Coach Stephen Fleming says Faf du Plessis, who single-handedly guided Chennai Super Kings into the final of Indian Premier League's 11th edition, was played in the first qualifier because of an injury to Sam Billings. "Rashid was a real handful, so just happy to cross the line", du Plessis said.

Du Plessis' 67 off 42 balls enabled CSK to chase down a tricky target of 140 in 19.1 overs after being down at 92 for 7. You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time.

The CSK batting order had collapsed initially, as a spectacular SRH bowling attack; spearheaded by Afghanistan's Rashid Khan; reduced them to 62 for the loss of six wickets and the two-time champions looked all set to concede the first final spot to the Hyderabad outfit. Speaking to Dwayne Bravo for iplt20.com later, he said that his experience of having been in similar situations helped him stay calm. "This game reminded me of the game we played against Mumbai (Indians in Chennai's first match of the season) where you played a similar knock", du Plessis told Bravo. "It's been individual players that have got us out of trouble".

Rashid Khan (2/11) then took out CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with a wrong'un that crashed into the timberto leave them tottering at 39/4 in the eighth over. Williamson, who has enjoyed a terrific tournament amassing more than 600 runs, tried to fix the innings in the company of the other opener Goswami and the duo put on 34 runs before Goswami fell to fast bowler Lungi Ngidi. Different players all the time.

Dwayne Bravo Pays 'Dance' Tribute to MS Dhoni in Dressing Room

Captain Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan had earlier both scored 24 but medium pacer Bravo snatched two for 25 from his four overs, to help CSK made inroads. "Being in the top two gives you that liberty to have one more game".

"Credits to the way Faf batted, he was exceptional".

Wary of the dew factor later in the evening, Dhoni had earlier opted to field against 2016 champions Hyderabad and paceman Deepak Chahar gave Chennai a ideal start by dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for a first ball duck. Death bowling for us is our strength but today CSK showed their depth with the bat. Obviously, Shardul Thakur coming in and he can obviously hit the ball a bit as well and proved to be effective. We kept losing wickets, and so we had to push ourselves.

Hyderabad's batting had an off day, with Shikhar Dhawan chopping Deepak Chahar on off the first ball of the match. He hit Chahar for a cover-driven boundary off the fourth ball of the over and followed it up with a boundary past mid-wicket and one clipped through the fine-leg region. SRH slipped to 88 for 6 at the end of 15 overs, and it took a late innings blitz from Carlos Brathwaite and his 51-run partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to rescue them to 139-7. And most of his runs came off the bowling of Thakur. Giving the Sunrisers bowlers, who have been the best in defending totals in the tournament, a par total to bowl at.

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