IPL 2018, Qualifier 1: Faf du Plessis Stars As Chennai Beat SunRisers Hyderabad To Enter Final
South African skipper Faf du Plessis pulled off a 'Houdini Act' to guide Chennai Super Kings to their seventh Indian Premier League final with a two-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in what has been a fairytale comeback in the cash-rich league. Chasing a modest target of 140, CSK were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Chennai's Deepak Chahar gave his team a dream start after dismissing SRH's Shikhar Dhawan in the first delivery. (Images courtesy: BCCI)
SRH captain Kane Williamson (24) could not continue his impressive form with the bat.
CSK's Dwayne Bravo took a stunning catch of SRH's Yusuf Pathan (24) to turn the match.
Bollywood star Ranveer Singh was in attendance for the first Qualifier.
Carlos Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 43 for SRH helping his team reach 139/7 in 20 overs.
Faf du Plessis opened the batting for CSK in their run chase of 140.
SRH's Carlos Brathwaite took a fantastic catch to dismiss Chennai's Deepak Chahar giving his team hope.
Hyderabad's Siddarth Kaul took two wickets off successive deliveries to take control of the match.
Du Plessis remained unbeaten on 67 along with Shardul Thakur (15*) in the end to ensure CSK entered the IPL final.