Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Kane Williamson's Sunrisers Hyderabad fall in IPL preliminary final

Kane Williamson's Sunrisers Hyderabad fall in IPL preliminary final

"I just entered the changing room now, and asked the boys, 'how did we win this, guys?'" Du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.

While the victor of this match will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on May 25 for a place in the finals, it will end of the IPL journey for the IPL team that loses this match.

Late into the 18th over Carlos Brathwaite hit Shradul Thakur for two sixes and fours scoring 20 runs off the over, helping them reach a target of 139 runs at the end of the 20 overs. SRH coach Tom Moody's extra efforts on the eve of the match to train Carlos Braithwaite (29-ball 43) harder for the slog overs bore fruits yesterday when the 2016 World T20 final hero resurrected Sunrisers Hyderabad from a hopeless situation. "And Shardul came in there and just smoked a few towards the end", du Plessis said.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is one of the vital cogs in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) line-up.

Banned for two seasons on charges of corruption, the most successful franchise in the history of T20 cricket played like a team possessed with their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again at the forefront with calm demeanour. CSK's opponents had not yet been determined as of press time May 22.

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. "Great to have that camaraderie in the ground", he said.

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The IPL final is on May 27 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium with $4 million going to the victor.

Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, du Plessis kept on playing sensibly.

"If we would've lost, you still give yourself a second chance. It is important that we learn from this experience", he added. He watched as his side were reduced to 6-62 midway through the innings but wasn't flustered, instead counter-attacking and finding the rope. It's not easy to not play a lot of games. "You visualize what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant". That's where the experience comes in.

From praising Captain Cool MS Dhoni to cracking (mostly harmless) jokes on other IPL teams' expense, Twitterati went all out after the epic match.

In one of the most telling images of this IPL - one that will be etched in the minds of ardent CSK supporters - du Plessis holds a shoe that was hurled at the Chennai players at the Chepauk Stadium on 10 April during the Cauvery river protests.

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. "Somehow we've been able to push the players into thinking about what's good for the team and keep them on track", Dhoni elaborated.

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