IPL: Kane Williamson's Sunrisers fall to Super Kings in finals qualifier

Sheri Evans
May 23, 2018

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. The Afghan spinner went on to concede just 11 runs from his four overs. But his exploits in the middle-order could've proved useful for the team.

"It's nice to make a contribution, especially after you haven't played much. It is important that we learn from this experience", he added. "It did swing and if you take early wickets, I suppose you can be in the game majority of the time".

Siddarth Kaul, bowling the 19th over, paid for his inexperience in crunch game as 17 runs came off that over as No. 10 Shardul Thakur (15 off 5 balls) got three boundaries in the 17-run over.

"Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket". Most times, we'd defend that total.

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming admitted that slow over rate has been a problem this IPL and blamed the hot and humid weather for teams taking too much time to get things moving. Du Plessis survived the storm, played out the most hard bowler in the opposition (Rashid Khan), and turned on the heat just at the right time. But as they say cricket is a amusing old game...

"Good to win games like this. We don't want to do that and we certainly want to improve", Fleming said.

CSK were 93 for 7 and needed 47 from 24 balls when Rashid was through with his overs.

20 runs came off the last over of Hyderabad's innings as Carlos Brathwaite hit a six and two fours.

"Me, personally, in that situation, I felt that I needed to take all the risk against Carlos". Williamson chose pace over spin and the seamer, with more global experience, was handed the ball. Even if one of them is lacking you can't have a good dressing room atmosphere. And that's the over we both targeted. Chennai's second opener MoM Faf du Plessis wasn't done yet.

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A "miraculous" catch from Dwayne Bravo has helped propel the Chennai Super Kings into the final of the Indian Premier League.

Du Plessis hit five fours and four sixes to propel Chennai, who returned this season after a two-year corruption ban along with Rajasthan Royals, into the final. He played the last game. "Great to have that camaraderie in the ground", he said.

Two-time champions Chennai were struggling at 6-62 when the South African mounted a spectacular counter-attack to see them home with five balls to spare at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

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

For Du Plessis, reflecting on how he has played on the previous occasions in Mumbai helped him gain confidence as he went out to bat. The support staff play a big part. "Our bowling combination is the best we have and from the beginning, I've been using different players at different stages to test them".

The Protea power: No man has made more of a difference in such an important match this campaign than Faf Du Plessis' effort against the ladder leaders. "I didn't know how we got over the line, but it was just one of those games where if you hung in till the end, anything can happen". That's where the experience comes in.

"You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute, and Faf has been brilliant in that".

"We have been a very good team over the past ten seasons, but it's more about the dressing-room atmosphere".

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