Kane Williamson's Sunrisers Hyderabad fall in IPL preliminary final

MS Dhoni

The South African skipper, who was retained by the Men in Yellow, had only played four matches until Tuesday and had been in and out of CSK's playing XI over the 14 league matches.

After opting to field, CSK did well to restrict the table-toppers SRH to 139-7.

"The vision that the franchise had, of keeping experienced players, was something a lot of people questioned", du Plessis said.

The Blackcaps skipper scored 24 off 15 balls, before he was caught behind in his side's modest total of 139, which at one stage looked enough for victory before Du Plessis' heroics.

He further went on to praise the Chennai Super Kings' batting performance, singling out Faf du Plessis' knock as the game changer.

Faf du Plessis said that the experience of having been in similar situations in the past helped him not panic and stay calm.

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.

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Dhoni also stressed the need to use different bowlers at different stages of the competition for the objective of testing them. "And see which bowler to take down on the night", he said. With 43 required off the last three overs, Du Plessis took 20 runs off Braithwaite's 18th over which included three boundaries and a six.

Harbhajan Sinngh could only manage two runs off nine balls before being run out.

"Hopefully we can cross the line in Kolkata and come back here (for the final)".

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. He gave away just 25 runs from his four overs, besides picking two important wickets of Shakib al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan. He walked out to bat in the 12th over when his team had lost five wickets with just 69 runs on the board, and took his time to settle down.

"They (Sunrisers) bowled very well, and there was a bit for the fast bowlers on the pitch". After that, the bowlers bowled either short or back of the length to deny Hyderabad any easy scoring opportunities. Rashid, who was called on to bowl the 8th, 10th, 12th and 16th over, castled Dhoni neck and crop with a googly and then had the wicket of Dwayne Bravo.

Chennai Super Kings 140-8 in 19.1 Overs (Faf du Plessis 67*, Rashid Khan 2-11, Siddarth Kaul 2-32, Sandeep Sharma 2-30) by 2 wickets.

Until du Plessis stepped up in an authoritative manner to change the course of the match, the Sunrisers seam and spin attack, in particular leg spinner Rashid Khan, seemed to have sealed the fate of the match by reducing CSK to 92 for seven.

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