Chennai Super Kings pip Sunrisers to make their 7th IPL final


Both Chennai and Hyderabad finished the league stage on 18 points, but the Kane Williamson-led side got their neck ahead to the No.1 spot with a superior net run-rate and Tuesday's victor will be guaranteed a place in the final at the same venue while the loser gets a second chance in the second qualifier in Kolkata on May 25.

Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings marched into the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Faf du Plessis smashed a blistering 67 not out to fashion their thrilling two-wicket victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Du Plessis batted through the innings to remain not out on 67 runs, with five hits to the fence and four sixes studding his 42-ball knock. That's 14 runs off just 3 balls.

Earlier Chennai Super Kings bowlers restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a total of 139 runs
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The yellow brigade have been on a roll since making their comeback to the IPL fold after serving a two-year-ban, and have rarely lost the momentum this season with the old guards and new sensations firing in unison.

One change for CSK: Shane Watson is in, Sam Billings is out.

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Du Plessis waged a lone battle as wickets fell in a heap at the other end with Sandeep Sharma getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.

The Sunrisers still managed to reach 139-7 after Thakur (1-50) gifted Brathwaite a generous final over, though, and the Super Kings then crumbled early.

Wary of the dew factor later in the evening, Dhoni had earlier opted to field against 2016 champions Hyderabad and paceman Deepak Chahar gave Chennai a flawless start by dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for a first ball duck. Wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami took a brilliant catch to dismiss opener Shane Watson (0) off pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While Super Kings stopped the aspirations of Kings XI Punjab by overcoming a hard start last night in their adopted home base of Pune, Sunrisers have been on a three-game losing run, having sealed their play-off spot with a victory on May 10 against Delhi Daredevils.

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Jadeja sent back Manish Pandey cheaply as half the Sunrisers was back in the pavilion with only 69 on the board. After 10 overs, the score was a modest 64 for 4.

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