A brilliant innings from Faf du Plessis (67*) helped Chennai Super Kings beat SunRisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium to enter the IPL 2018 final on Tuesday night. Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai chased down the target with five balls to spare. Du Plessis played sensibly throughout when no other batman clicked gave away their wickets cheaply. He played 42 balls and slammed five boundaries and four sixes. Hyderabad will now face the winner of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 on May 25 at Kolkata.
Earlier, Chennai bowling attack utilised lively Wankhede Stadium to the fullest restricting Hyderabad to a modest 139 for 7 in the first Qualifier of the IPL 2018. Effective seam bowling in Powerplay overs swung the game towards two-time champions early on in the innings and they never let it slacken except towards the end when Carlos Brathwaite (43 off 29 balls) laid into Shardul Thakur. Skipper Kane Willamson (24), Yusuf Pathan (24) and Brathwaite (43 in 29 balls) were the useful contributors for Sunrisers on a track that offered good bounce. CSK pegged back Sunrisers at 47 for 3 with both Williamson and opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) back in the dugout. Dhawan, the second-highest scorer for Sunrisers with 437 runs, was played on off Deepak Chahar of the first delivery of the match. (SCORECARD)
IPL 2018 highlights of SunRisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings Qualifier 1 match, straight from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
23:00 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
22:44 IST: Chennai Super Kings beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets to enter IPL 2018 final.
22:42 IST: Six! And it is done! Faf du Plessis smokes Bhuvneshwar Kumar straight down the ground for a maximum and gives his team a 2-wicket victory against SunRisers Hyderabad. He played an innings of a champion today. What a game this was!
22:41 IST: CSK need 6 runs in 6 balls.
22:40 IST: Four! Thakur hammers the full length delivery straight down the ground for a boundary.
22:38 IST: CSK need 12 runs in 8 balls.
22:36 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery from Kaul and Thakur heaves it on the leg-side gets an inside edge and the ball runs away for yet another boundary.
22:35 IST: Four! Shardul Thakur, the new man in, edges the slower fuller delivery from Siddarth Kaul to start the over with a boundary. CSK need 11 runs in 11 balls.
22:34 IST: Four! Full and wide from Brathwaite and Du Plessis carves it out for a boundary. 20 runs came of the over. CSK need 23 runs in 12 balls.
22:31 IST: OUT! Harbhajan Singh is run-out for 2. A bullet throw from Rashid, a calm composed Brathwaite collects the ball and takes off the bails in a flash. CSK (113/8) need 27 off 13.
22:30 IST: Four! Slower delivery from Brathwaite, Du Plessis rolls his wrist and puts the ball past the man at short fine for the third boundary of the over.
22:29 IST: Six! Full from Brathwaite, Du Plessis clears his front leg and slams it over mid-wicket for a huge maximum. He also scores his IPL fifty. CSK need 32 off 15 balls.
22:28 IST: Four! Full and wide from Brathwaite, Du Plessis makes room and lifts the ball over the cover for a boundary.
22:26 IST: Chennai Super Kings 97/7 in 17 overs, need 43 more runs to win in 18 balls.
22:21 IST: Rashid Khan finishes the match with figures of 2/11 in his four overs.
22:18 IST: Safe! Huge appeal for an LBW from Rashid, onfield umpire raises his finger and Du Plessis takes the review. Reviews shows that the ball was missing the leg stump. Huge, huge relief for CSK!
22:15 IST: Chennai Super Kings 92/7 in 15 overs, need 48 more runs to win.
22:14 IST: OUT! Full delivery from Sandeep, Chahar looking to go for the big one, miscues and Carlos Brathwaite at long-on takes a screamer to send him back in the hut.
22:12 IST: Four! Full and wide from Sandeep, Faf lifts him over the cover for a powerful boundary.
22:10 IST: Six! First ball after the break, Deepak Chahar pulls Sandeep Sharma for a maximum.
22:08 IST: Strategic timeout -- Chennai Super Kings 80/6 after 14 overs, need 60 more runs to win.
22:07 IST: Four and a Six! Du Plessis is changing gears now as he slams Shalib for consecutive boundaries. First he pulls a short delivery on the on-side and then smokes the length ball straight down the ground for a maximum. Is he the key to CSK's win?
22:03 IST: Chennai Super Kings 66/6 in 13 overs, need 74 more runs to win.
21:59 IST: OUT! The fourth caught and bowled of the match. Sandeep Sharma bowls the knuckle ball and Jadeja sends the ball straight to Sandeep Sharma. CSK 62/6 in 12.3 overs.
21:56 IST: Chennai Super Kings 61/5 after 12 overs.
21:55 IST: OUT! Short and wide from Rashid, Bravo looking for the cut, manages to edge it to Dhawan at the slips. CSK are in trouble now as another one bites the dust.
21:53 IST: Shakib Al Hasan concedes six runs in his first over.
21:49 IST: Shakib Al Hasan introduced in the bowling attack.
21:47 IST: 50 comes up for Chennai Super Kings at half-way stage. CSK need 90 more runs to win and proceed to the final.
21:41 IST: Strategic timeout -- Chennai Super Kings 48/4 in 9 overs.
21:40 IST: Six! Carlos Brathwaite bowls a bouncer, Faf Du Plessis pulls the ball on the back foot for a huge maximum.
21:36 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan gets the big wicket of MS Dhoni. Rashid bowls a wrong 'un and Dhoni unable to read it, leans forward thus exposing the gap between the bat and pad. The ball takes a thin inside edge and the stumps light up. Dhoni is clean bowled by the Afghan bowler. Chennai now have a mountain to climb. CSK 39/4 in 7.4 overs
21:33 IST: SRH have their best bowler on now. Rashid Khan will be hoping to break this partnership.
21:30 IST: This match is still in balance. Another wicket for SRH will put the pressure back on Chennai. Du Plessis and Dhoni are veterans of the game and their experience will come handy for their team. CSK 36/3 in 6.3 overs
21:26 IST: FOUR! Anything short and Dhoni hammers it towards the mid off region. Had a good look at it and gets the connection he'd have wanted. A good over for Chennai given the circumstances. 8 runs off it. CSK 33/3 in 6 overs
21:24 IST: Siddarth Kaul has been fantastic so far in this match. His successive wickets of Raina and Rayadu has brought back SRH into the game. Now Dhoni and Du Plessis need to forge a big partnership for Chennai. CSK 28/3 in 5.3 overs
21:23 IST: Bhuvneshwar concedes just one run in his third over.
21:18 IST: Chennai Super Kings 24/3 after 4 overs.
21:15 IST: OUT! Siddarth Kaul is on fire. A slower full toss on the off stump ends Ambati Rayudu's stay in the middle. Failing to read the delivery, Rayudu departs for a duck. Kaul is on a hat-trick.
21:13 IST: OUT! Siddarth Kaul gets the big breakthrough. He strays on the leg side, Raina shuffles a bit to run it down to the fine leg boundary, misses and the leg stump is out of the ground. Kaul is ecstatic. Raina's little cameo comes to an end.
21:12 IST: Four! Short and wide from Siddarth Kaul and Raina takes a couple of steps down the wicket and guides the ball past the man at point.
21:06 IST: Chennai Super Kings 14/1 after 2 overs.
21:04 IST: Four! A hat-trick of boundaries for Raina as he is taking the attack to the opposition. Fuller delivery once again from Sandeep and Raina drives it straight down the ground. Impeccable from the left-handed batsman.
21:03 IST: Four! Consecutive boundaries for Raina here. Full from Sandeep and Raina hits the ball on the up and collects another boundary.
21:02 IST: Four! Sandeep Sharma starts off with a wide and short delivery, Raina reaches out for the ball and guides it past the man at point for a boundary.
21:00 IST: Chennai Super Kings 1/1 after 1 over.
20:59 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a back of a length delivery with a hint of out swing. Watson looking to defend, gets a thin outside edge and Shreevats Goswami takes an easy catch. Watson departs for a golden duck. Chennai Super Kings 0/1 in 0.5 overs.
20:57 IST: Good first two deliveries by Bhuvi. One inswinger and another outswinger by him. Watson could see neither.
20:56 IST: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson open the batting for Chennai. Bhuneshwar Kumar bowls the first over for SunRisers Hyderabad.
20:42 IST: SunRisers Hyerabad post 139/7 in 20 overs.
20:40 IST: Six! Back of a length delivery from Thakur and Brathwaite slaps the ball straight over the bowler's head for a maximum.
20:39 IST: Four! Full and wide from Thakur and Brathwaite crunches the ball through the off-side for a one-bounce four.
20:38 IST: Six! Full toss from Thakur and Brathwaite smokes the ball for a huge maximum. Brathwaite will not miss out on these.
20:36 IST: Lungi Ngidi finishes the match with figures of 1/20
20:30 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 115/6 in 18 overs.
20:27 IST: Six! Thakur follows up the fuller delivery with a short delivery and Brathwaite pulls him with great power for a consecutive maximum.
20:26 IST: Six! Thakur goes full and on the pads, Carlos Brathwaite heaves the ball for a huge maximum on the leg-side. Can he take the attack to the opposition?
20:25 IST: Dwayne Bravo finishes the match with figures of 2/25.
20:20 IST: Ngidi concedes four runs in the first over after the break.
20:15 IST: Strategic timeout -- SunRisers Hyderabad 88/6 in 15 overs.
20:14 IST: OUT! An absolute screamer from bravo on the follow through. Yusuf slaps the ball straight and Bravo on the follow through takes a good, low catch. SRH are crumbling down like a pack of cards.
20:12 IST: Four! Short and wide from Dwayne Bravo and Yusuf slams the ball away for a boundary. Can Yusuf help SRH to post a competitive total on board?
20:07 IST: Four! Jadeja ends his night with a boundary. Pathan waited in for the quicker and wide delivery and cut it past the man at point for a boundary.
20:05 IST: Four! Shardul Thakur bowls full and on the pads, Yusuf pathan positions himself and flicks the ball for a much-needed boundary.
20:02 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 69/5 in 12 overs.
20:00 IST: OUT! Another soft dismissal for SRH.Manish pandey continues his poor IPL form. Jadeja fires the ball in around middle and leg and Manish Pandey looking to work the ball around, edges it back to Jadeja, who takes an easy catch.
19:58 IST: The boundaries have dried up for the Orange Army. They will have to take the attack to the opposition.
19:53 IST: Jadeja concedes just three runs. The CSK bowlers have tightened the noose and not allowing the SRH bowlers to free their arms.
19:50 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to start things off after the break.
19:47 IST: Strategic timeout -- SunRisers Hyderabad 61/4 in 9 overs. After a loss of four wickets, Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey are rebuilding SRH's innings with singles and doubles.
19:37 IST: OUT! Dwayne Bravo gets his name on the list of the wicket takers. Bowls a short pitch delivery down the leg side, Shakib looking to pull it fine, gloves it to Dhoni behind the stumps. SRH 50/4 after 6.4 overs.
19:35 IST: At the end of the powerplay -- SunRisers Hyderabad 47/3 after six overs.
19:33 IST: Bizzare -- The ball slipped out of Chahr's hand at the time of releasing the ball, the ball flew high up in the air and bounced near MS Dhoni behind the stumps. While Shakib Al Hasan called for a wide or a no-ball, the on-field umpire signaled it as a dead ball. This is some luck for CSK.
19:30 IST: Four! Chahar back of a length, Shakib had all the time in the world to pick his spot; swivels and muscles the pull behind square
19:25 IST: OUT! Shardul Thakur gets the big fish, Kane Williamson departs for 24. CSK bowlers are turning up the heat at the Wankhede and showing to SRH batsmen that who is the boss. Back of a length delivery from Thakur that drifts down to the leg side, Williamson looking for the pull and gloves it back to MSD behind the stumps.
19:23 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 34/2 after 4 overs.
19:21 IST: OUT! Goswami was looking to make space for himself, Ngidi saw the movement early and cramped him for space. Goswami throws his bat at the ball and sends the ball back to the bowler and Ngidi takes an absolutely gem of a catch on his follow through to end Goswami's stay in the middle.
19:18 IST: Four! Ngidi goes too full, Goswami makes room and lifts him over the cover for a boundary.
19:15 IST: Four! Chahar bowls short and wide, Williamson stands tall and cuts the ball past the man at point for a boundary. The ball rocketed away to the boundary ropes.
19:12 IST: Four! Lungi Ngidi bowls a length delivery that was going away from the batsman, Goswami poked at the away-going delivery and edged it past the fielder at slips for a boundary.
19:09 IST: That moment when you pick up a wicket on your very first delivery.
19:07 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 12/1 after the first over.
19:06 IST: Four! Chahar bowls full and on the pads, Williamson says thank you and flicks him fine for a boundary. Chahar follows up with a same delivery, and Williamson flicks him again for yet another boundary.
19:05 IST: Four! Chahar bowls full looking for a swing, Williamson lens forward and drives him through the cover for a boundary. Immaculate shot from the SRH captain.
19:00 IST: First ball -- Deepak Chahar STRIKES ON THE FIRST BALL! This is a huge, huge wicket! Chahar bowls a back of a length delivery and swings back in, cramping Dhawan for space. He goes for the cut, gets an inside edge and the wickets are rattled. What a brilliant start to the Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2018.
18:59 IST: Deepak Chahar opening the bowling for Chennai Super Kings.
18:58 IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Shreevtas Goswami opening the batting for SunRisers Hyderabad.
18:57 IST: The two top teams walk out to the middle.
18:40 IST: Playing XI for both the teams --
SunRisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (w), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
18:35 IST: KW -- We were gonna have a bowl. Very similar reasons, MS explained it very nicely. Obviously there's dew factor at the Wankhede. It's important we get used to the conditions first up and get a good total on the board. We tried our best as we could to adapt to the conditions, but generally Wankhede looks like a very good surface. It's important that we execute our plans, get a total on the board and defend well. We are playing the same team.
18:32 IST: MSD -- We will bowl first. It's a 7'o clock start which means if there is dew makes it slightly easier in the second innings. That's one the reasons and we have chased quite well and also it's a ground where you can restrict the opposition to a decent score and chase it down. We have had a quite a few options, lucky to get some good players right from the start. It's always a fresh start and take it one game at a time. Only one change. Watson comes in for Billings.
18:30 IST: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni wins toss, elects to field vs SunRisers Hyderabad
18:20 IST: We are moments away from the toss now.
18:02 IST: A win will take Chennai Super Kings to their seventh IPL final.
17:45 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan has his eyes set the final berth.
17:42 IST: Chennai players are getting off the bus.
17:39 IST: The Chennai fans seem to be having a gala time ahead of the match.
17:18 IST: TRIVIA! CSK are the best batting side in the tournament with the highest average of 37.13 per wicket combined with a scoring rate of 9.03.
17:13 IST: The match between SRH-CSK will begin at 7 PM IST which is a departure from the early time of 8 PM IST.
17:12 IST: We now shift our focus towards the big IPL Qualifier match between SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
17:11 IST: Supernovas (130/7) beat Trailblazers (129/6) by 3 wickets in a last-ball finish.
16:43 IST: Head to Head in IPL, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has won 6 of their last 8 encounters against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
16:17 IST: Currently, Wankhede is hosting the Supernovas vs Trailblazers match where Trailblazers scored 129/6 in 20 overs.
16:12 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the first Qualifier match between SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings in Wankhede Stadium.
CSK seem to hold a slight edge going into the match as they have not only got the better of their southern rivals twice in the league stage of the competition but also have the winning momentum going into the match on what promises to be a bouncy track. (Play Fantasy cricket and win lakhs daily)
While Chennai stopped the aspirations of Kings XI Punjab by overcoming a difficult start last night in their adopted home base of Pune, SRH have been on a three-game losing run, having sealed their playoff spot with a victory on May 10 against Delhi Daredevils.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey.
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt ), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.