Mumbai (Maharashtra), May 23 (ANI): In an exhilarating display of performance in first qualifier, IPL team Chennai Super Kings managed to seal the deal with exceptional innings by, Man of the Match, Faf du Plessis 67 (42) against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old also said the team's selection of players at the auction, a large number of them being in their 30s, helped bolster the experience needed in tight matches.
For the second time in two matches, CSK reaped the benefit of experience.
Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai made heavy weather of what should have been a comfortable chase before crossing the line with five balls to spare. The opener kept on playing sensibly throughout even as no other batman clicked at the other end.
Hyderabad will now have to beat the victor of the eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in order to progress through to the final.
Raina took Sandeep Sharma to the cleaners in the next over, hitting three boundaries and a single that came off the last ball. But he was bowled by pacer Kaul in the fourth over when he shuffled across and exposed his leg-stump.More news: Riot-hit Aurangabad limps back to normalcy; curbs remain
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"The vision that the franchise had, of keeping experienced players, was something a lot of people questioned", du Plessis said. CSK's spinner Harbhajan Singh is also seen dancing with Bravo.
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.
Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 13) sent back Manish Pandey cheaply as half the Sunrisers team was back in the pavilion with only 69 on the board. But in a matter of minutes, fortunes swung back in the Chennai team's favour when Shreevats Goswami, Williamson and Shakib Al Hasan departed in quick succession with the last two becoming on-side victims, nicking the ball to the keeper.
Shardul Thakur, who took strike in the 19th over, atoned for his sins with the ball and shared the batting responsibilities with du Plessis to score a 5-ball 15 as Kumar was left to defend six runs off the final over with du Plessis on strike. With wickets falling rapidly and the equation at 43 runs required from the final three overs, he deposited Carlos Brathwaite (0-31) for four boundaries in an over and then sealed an unlikely victory with a six.
Skipper Kane Willamson (24), Yusuf Pathan (24) and Brathwaite (43 in 29 balls) made useful contributions for Sunrisers on a track that offered good bounce.
Put in to bat, Hyderabad started the proceeding on a poor note, losing opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) on the first ball. It's just a question for our team, because I felt we were off mentally. So, the two of them have provided opportunities to take wickets.