IPL Playoffs: MS Dhoni's 'Trademark Style' Followed By Faf Du Plessis

Cesar Mills
May 23, 2018

The beast is truly back.

The next stop: Chennai advance through to their seventh IPL final after defeating the Sunrisers, Dhoni looking to avenge last year's loss with the Rising Pune Supergiant and add a third piece of silverware to the collection.

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. Chennai suffered early setbacks during their chase. Medium-pace bowler Sandeep Sharma also got two wickets.

Hyderabad can still make Sunday's final, but they will need to beat the victor of Thursday's eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. But he was bowled by pacer Kaul in the fourth over when he shuffled across and exposed his leg-stump. The sound of the timber was music for Kaul.

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The ball: Although on the losing side, Rashid Khan (2-11) did everything he could to drag his team back into the contest, including the near impossible task of removing MS Dhoni. He took the crucial wickets of Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo. During the season, Khan has breached the defences of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Karun Nair. The rest of the bowlers were outstanding; Dwayne Bravo was the most successful bowler with figures of 2-25, while Ravindra Jadeja was the most economical. Sunrisers Hyderabad stood at 47 for 6 after 6 overs. Shradul Thakur played cameo innings of 15 runs off5 balls. Williamson took a punt on Brathwaite and du Plessis launched a calculated assault on him, hitting him for four boundaries in the 18th over. Du Plessis finished the match with a six down the ground on the first ball of the last over and led them to victory. Read Also: IPL 2018: Through the team's Highs and Lows, meet the women who cheer their husbands on and off the field Even before the first ball in the match was bowled, it was a known fact that the Hyderabad outfit was a two-batsman (Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson) unit. They are backed by a well-oiled bowing line-up. "Being in the top two gives us that liberty to have one more game", Dhoni says. Two edges went for boundaries off the first two balls, by which time the tide had turned. Williamson came out as if he was having practice at the nets. And Shardul came at the end, and smoked a few. He got some great support from Thakur there under pressure. They had missed out on the previous two seasons as they were banned following the spot fixing and betting scandal. But both continued with their poor show.

"I knew I had to take all the risk against Carlos".

On Tuesday, when he sent the six flying over the bowler's head to seal a memorable victory over the Sunrisers at the Wankhede, du Plessis ensured that there would be one other telling image of him that would be etched in the memories of ardent Chennai supporters. Six overs were done and the South Africa captain had faced just six deliveries.

With Kumar and Kaul bowling in tandem, du Plessis was once again just an onlooker as Dhoni tried to fend away their overs.

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