IPL 2018 Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL Qualifier 1 CSK v SRH as it happened Faf du Plessis masterclass gives CSK a thrilling win

Faf du Plessis, for his unbeaten 67 from 42 balls.

"It's nice to contribute since I haven't played much".

"Took confidence from that".

"Can't explain (the art of great escape), the game has its ups and downs, but we have had a season where we have won from unwinnable positions, this (win against SRH) has been one of those", said Fleming.

The Dinesh Karthik-led side defeated table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in their last league fixture of the IPL season. Six overs were done and the South Africa captain had faced just six deliveries.

The best was, however, yet to come as Faf scored 20 runs off Brathwaite's 18th over, and with Shardul Thakur scoring 15 off 5 in Kaul's 19th over, leaving Bhuvi to defend just six runs in the last over, with Faf on strike.

Mumbai (Maharashtra), May 23: Reacting to Sunrisers Hyderabad's (SRH) loss to Chennai Super Kings by two wickets in the first Qualifier on Tuesday, skipper Kane Williamson maintained a defensive stance for his bowlers and indicated that 15-20 extra runs could have booked their spot in the finals.

"Sometimes the game seems out of reach, but you keep sticking in. We watch a lot of footage, but he's still so hard to pick", du Plessis said in a separate interview with Star Sports. While the South African batsman brushed it away and was one of the first players to tweet out his regret over the shifting of the home venue due to security threats, there were scores of CSK fans who tweeted out apologies to the man who was a mainstay in the Chennai team since 2012. Rashid was a real handful, so just happy to cross the line. He was really really tough to play on that wicket. Our plan was to get through him. Williamson called his bowlers "outstanding" for bringing them back into the contest.

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In-form Afghan spinner Rashid Khan (2-11) deceived MS Dhoni (nine) with a googly and dismissed Dwayne Bravo for seven to further peg back Chennai.

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

"Yeah, certainly we backed Carlos (Brathwaite) with his death bowling".

Wary of the dew factor later in the evening, skipper 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. The opener kept on playing sensibly throughout even as no other batman clicked at the other end.

At 34 for two Sunrisers, who came into the play-off game after suffering three straight losses, were in trouble and it worsened when they lost their skipper Williamson.

CSK struck another blow just past the Powerplay period.

Other batsmen Goswami (12), Manish Pandey (8) and Shakib Al Hasan (12) also failed to deliver when needed the most.

Then Bravo pulled off a stunner, pouching on to a low full-blooded drive from Pathan. He played 29 balls and one boundary and slammed four sixes.

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