Why Chennai Super Kings is twice as likely to win this IPL than others To complicate matters, Kane Williamson lost the toss and his men managed to put up a modest 139/7, thanks largely to a rearguard action by West Indian Carlos Brathwaite (43, 29b, 1x4, 4x6). Navigating a tricky wicket, du Plessis finally came into his own after an insipid tournament so far. He was part of Chennai's scheme of things till 2015 when the side faced a two-year suspension.
As du Plessis threw his hands up in the air to celebrate, CSK players ran towards him to hug him and scream over their victory.
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. And you can't do that without the players and the support staff. You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time. One over was done and du Plessis hadn't faced a ball yet. He hit Chahar for a cover-driven boundary off the fourth ball of the over and followed it up with a boundary past mid-wicket and one clipped through the fine-leg region. Two overs were done and du Plessis hadn't still faced a ball.
The New Zealand captain feathered a catch down leg-side ball off Shardul Thakur to rival captain Dhoni to leave Hyderabad reeling at 36 for 3 in the fifth over. But Brathwaite's effort was neutralised by du Plessis's classic knock. The CSK batting order had collapsed initially, as a spectacular SRH bowling attack; spearheaded by Afghanistan's Rashid Khan; reduced them to 62 for the loss of six wickets and the two-time champions looked all set to concede the first final spot to the Hyderabad outfit.
Other batsmen Goswami (12), Manish Pandey (8) and Shakib Al Hasan (12) also failed to deliver when needed the most.More news: Amazon draws fire for selling face recognition to law enforcement
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"The key there is he batted through the whole innings but faced only 42 deliveries". Du Plessis had now faced 31 balls for his 38. CSK's spinner Harbhajan Singh is also seen dancing with Bravo.
It wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that Chennai supporters were readying themselves for the second qualifier on Friday at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.
"They (Sunrisers) bowled very well, and there was a bit for the fast bowlers on the pitch".
"It's not easy to not play a lot of games, but I always say you need to train your mind as well. We've got different combinations that we can use and today I'm very happy that Faf was able to contribute the way he did", said Fleming in his post-match media conference. Last night, they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1 by two wickets at the Wankhede.
An image of him raising both his arms after hitting the winning shot, letting out a guttural cry and soaking in the applause from loyal CSK supporters.