Coming back after a two-year ban, two-time champions CSK last night pulled off a thrilling two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to make theie seventh final of the cash-rich league, with du Plessis' unbeaten 67-run knock leading the chase.
As expected celebrations broke out in CSK's dressing room after the match; the most entertaining of which, could be Dwayne Bravo's song and dance celebration dedicated to Dhoni. "Faf played a lovely knock, and credit to the way they scrapped it", he said. And then, du Plessis played only four games before Tuesday. They bat a long way down and they kept us under pressure.
"The game did swing our way, and bowlers were outstanding, but we didn't quite execute it like in the past", Williamson said. The clash between Rashid and Dhoni was seen as a mouth-watering prospect, but the Afghanistan spinner emerged victorious in the battle.
"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. In the eighteenth, he got stuck into Brathwaite once again, hitting him for two fours and a six to take his team closer. du Plessis finished the chase in style when he smashed a length ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the bowler's head into the advertising boards. du Plessis' 67 came off 42 balls and contained 5 fours and 4 sixes.
"Had we lost, we would have still had a second chance", was all you would get out of MSD. They bowled very well, and there was a bit in it for the fast bowlers. After Siddarth Kaul had removed Raina and Rayudu off successive balls, Rashid Khan stormed through the gate of Dhoni with a ripping wrong'un.
"It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more (runs)", said Williamson. "Plus, they have a mystery bowler (Rashid)".
"It's good to win a game like this, but what's more important, is knowing how we can improve", the former India skipper added.
Sent in at Wankhede Stadium, Sunrisers were on the ropes at 88 for six in the 15th over before Brathwaite produced a sterling unbeaten 43 from 29 balls to lift the innings up to 139 for seven off their 20 overs. Having done precious little in the tournament so far, the stylish right-hander put his hand up when it mattered most. He went unused every other game, as they went about trying to find their ideal bowling combination.
Things did not go according to plan for the men in yellow but they somehow pulled off the win and will now await the victor of the other qualifier to know who their opponents in the final are going to be.