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

Chennai Super Kings during IPL 2018

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have entered the final of Vivo IPL 2018 defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by beating them by 2 wickets in a last over thriller. They chased down the 140-run target set by Hyderabad with five balls to spare. In the first qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), which CSK won by two wickets, Bravo failed with the bat. Yesterday, I was just reflecting on my past games, and took some confidence from that mentally. "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant".

All it took was one small error, a small blip from Brathwaite and it was enough to undo all the good SRH had done with the ball previously.

After winning the toss, Dhoni did not hesitate to put SRH to bat first. But Shardul came in and hit some boundaries, and everything went our way.

However, Sunrisers bowlers do deserve credit for making a match of a small total but this time their luck ran out in the end.

In-form Afghan spinner Rashid Khan (2-11) deceived MS Dhoni (nine) with a googly and dismissed Dwayne Bravo for seven to further peg back Chennai. He was really really tough to play on that wicket. It's hard to take him on. "So try to get through him as much as you can". Wankhede generally has historically been a batsman's paradise, but this time around, the bowlers have had a greater say here especially in the initial few overs.

Shane Watson was dismissed by Kumar for zero with an impeccable away swinger in the first over. The in-form Ambati Rayudu was cleaned up by a ideal yorker the very next ball, and four overs later MS Dhoni was castled by a Rashid Khan googly. CSK also faced a lot of difficulties as its top order batsmen lost their wickets early but the rocking performance of Faf du Plessis pushed the victory in CSK's pocket.

SRH's total score of 139 with the help of commendable knock by Brathwaite 43 (29) proved to be little short to defend. Shikhar Dhawan got out on a duck and Shreevats Goswami was able to make only 12 runs.

Williamson, in red-hot form in the season, produced three hits to the fence off the last three balls in the same over, an exquisite extra cover drive being the pick. The opener kept on playing sensibly throughout even as no other batman clicked at the other end.

At 34 for two Sunrisers, who came into the play-off game after suffering three straight losses, were in trouble and it worsened when they lost their skipper Williamson. After returning to dots and singles for a brief while, he once exploded in the fourteenth when he collected a four and a six off consecutive deliveries off Shakib al Hasan. CSK reached 50/4 at the halfway mark and needed 90 more off final 10 overs. But Khan had Bravo caught in the slips and Sandeep Sharma had Ravindra Jadeja caught and bowled.

Then Bravo pulled off a stunner, pouching on to a low full-blooded drive from Pathan.

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