A brilliant innings from Faf du Plessis (67 not out) 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 kept on playing sensibly throughout when no other batman clicked and went back 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 Super Kings bowling attack utilised lively Wankhede Stadium to the fullest restricting Sunrisers 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)
When and Where to Watch SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
India: TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD (English, Hindi, Tamil). Live Streaming: Hotstar.
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