Chennai Super Kings won another last over game in this year’s IPL and this time it came when it was the most important. They defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets to enter the finals. Faf du Plessis won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his knock of 67* off 42 deliveries but most importantly he played till the end and finished the game for his team.
CSK won the toss and asked Hyderabad to bat first. They made just an obvious change as Sam Billings was left out and Shane Watson came back in place of him. On the other hand, Hyderabad played with an unchanged playing XI.
Deepak Chahar started brilliantly for Chennai as he got the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan off the very first ball of the match. They lost too many wickets in the middle as none of the batsman was able to convert his start and they were reduced to 88-6 at the end of 15th over. Carlos Brathwaite played a wonderful knock of 43* from 29 balls towards the end of the innings as SRH posted a decent total of 139/ on the board.
CSK didn’t do much experiments in their bowling today as they bowled their 20 overs with just five bowlers and each of them ticked the wickets column. Bravo took two wickets while everyone else took one each. Shardul Thakur was the only expensive bowler for SRH as he conceded 50 runs in his quota of four overs.
CSK made a change in their batting order as Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis while the former got out in the first over for a nought. Raina too, got out after playing a quick knock of 22 runs and after that their batting collapsed pathetically as they were 62-6 at one stage. But Faf played till the end and when it was looking impossible for CSK to win, he scored 20 runs in the 18th over of Braithwaite.
This changed the course of match in their favor as the equation was reduced down to 23 runs needed in 12 balls. Thakur played a match winning cameo of 15* off just five balls as CSK won the match with 5 balls remaining and Faf hit the winning six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
While CSK qualified directly to the finals but SRH will still get another chance as they will play against the winners of the Eliminator (KKR vs RR) in the qualifier 2. But that won’t be easy too, as they have lost four consecutive matches (including tonight’s loss).