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Hyderabad vs Chennai - Qualifier 1

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: 22 May 2018

Chennai 140/8 (19.1 Ovs) RR: 7.30 | Chennai won by 2 wkts

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson c Goswami & b Bhuvneshwarc Goswami & b Bhuvneshwar0500
Faf du Plessis Not OutNot Out674254
Suresh Raina bowled S Kaulbowled S Kaul221340
Ambati Rayudu bowled S Kaulbowled S Kaul0100
MS Dhoni bowled Rashid Khanbowled Rashid Khan91810
Dwayne Bravo c Dhawan & b Rashid Khanc Dhawan & b Rashid Khan71100
Ravindra Jadeja c Sandeep Sharma & b Sandeep Sharmac Sandeep Sharma & b Sandeep Sharma3500
Deepak Chahar c C Brathwaite & b Sandeep Sharmac C Brathwaite & b Sandeep Sharma10601
Harbhajan Singh runout runout 2900
Shardul Thakur Not OutNot Out15530
Lungi Ngidi dnbdnb0000
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 2, w 3, nb 0)
Total 140 (8 Wkts, 19.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Shane Watson,0.5), 24-2 (Suresh Raina,3.3), 24-3 (Ambati Rayudu,3.4), 39-4 (MS Dhoni,7.4), 57-5 (Dwayne Bravo,11.2), 62-6 (Ravindra Jadeja,12.3), 92-7 (Deepak Chahar,14.6), 113-8 (Harbhajan Singh,17.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3.1 0 14 1 4.52
Sandeep Sharma3 0 30 2 10.00
Siddarth Kaul4 0 32 2 8.00
Carlos Brathwaite3 0 31 0 10.33
Rashid Khan4 0 11 2 2.75
Shakib Al Hasan2 0 20 0 10.00
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Shreevats Goswami0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey0 0 0 0 0
Yusuf Pathan0 0 0 0 0

commentary

Holy hell CHN, doing it in the league stages is one thing, but in the playoffs. Just wow! Can they do it one more time though? They can now sit back and watch all the drama unfold as the remaining three teams scramble to set up a date with them on Sunday. That's all from us. I've been Sagar Chawla bringing you the coverage along with Akshay Maanay, Raju Peethala, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Abhinand Raghavendran and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Bye!

CHN's great escapes in last three overs:
47 off 2.5 vs MUM, Wankhede
41 off 2.5 vs KOL, Chennai
44 off 2.4 vs BLR, Bengaluru
43 off 2.1 vs HYD, Wankhede

Faf du Plessis, MoM: It's nice to make a contribution tonight. Haven't played much. Last night when I was preparing, I reflected on the games I've played here in Mumbai. It's a stadium I've enjoyed playing. Took confidence from that. I just got in the change room now and said, how did we win that game. It felt just a little out of reach. It was great that guys came in and hit a few boundaries at the end. Everything went our way towards the end on a wicket which wasn't easy to bat on. Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket. He was really really tough to play on that wicket. It stopped a bit on that wicket and he bowls quickly. It's hard to take him on. Our plan was to get through him. And see which bowler to take down on the night. Towards the end I was just trying to place a few.

(2/2) That's where experience counts (talking about du Plessis). It's not easy not to get games during the T20 League. I've always felt you need to train the mind more than the body. Injuries can happen anytime. That's where experience counts. He's been brilliant. He batted really well. Hopefully he can continue this in the final also. We've been a very good team and it reflects when it comes to the T20 League. It reflects the dressing room atmosphere we've been able to create. It's not possible without that. Credit goes to management, support staff and players. Even if one of them is lacking you can't have a good dressing room atmosphere. If atmosphere is not great, it becomes difficult to perform. Somehow we've been able to push the players into thinking about what's good for the team.

Dhoni, CHN captain: (1/2) I'm always happy whenever we win a game. Process is more important. Being in top two gives more liberty of having one more game. If we would've lost this game, still you give yourself a second chance. They bowled very well. There was a bit for the fast bowlers initially. Bhuvi bowled really well and he was backed up well by Rashid. We kept losing wickets, for that reason also we had to keep pushing ourselves to get the number of runs needed. We lost three-four in the middle and that put pressure. Obviously they have a mystery bowler. Good to win games like this. But what's important is to learn out of this game. It's about constantly improving. This is the best combination that we have got. And right from the first game we've used different bowlers in different ways to find out who is the best bowler at the end. You have to keep shuffling them to see who can see a good job for me. They will get hit at some point of time. These are the bowlers, and our bowlers, who were playing this game. They will have to step up in the final.

Shardul Thakur: I thought it was good and it was important for me to give some runs and so that Faf could finish it . He (Faf) was set. I kept saying to the coaches that I can bat. Last year, I got out twice while playing for Pune, when I had an opportunity. This time I ensured I finished the game. MS said 'pick the balls and react'. Faf and I discussed what to do. He was saying me to take the single, but it worked the other way around. We kept getting the boundaries. That's (entertainment) what people want. In the end, they got some. The belief was always there. If you have to win, you need to have the belief.

Kane Williamson, HYD captain: Trip to Kolkata now should be interesting. It was a good game of cricket, but if we are honest with ourselves, we were a few runs short with the bat. It was definitely not a 140 wicket. It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more. Saying that, the game swung back our way, the bowlers were outstanding only didn't execute (in the death) as we have in the past. Now we have to do some hard work in Kolkata to come back here. We certainly back our death bowlers in that position. Most times we would defend that total, but credit to the CHN lower order. They bat a long way down and they kept us under pressure. It is rough being on the other side of close ones, but we have been on the right side a number of times this year. It is important that we learn from this experience. Yeah they do (bat deep). The odd nick and the odd this and that in a low scoring game those count for a lot. At the same time Faf played a beautiful knock for them. We are getting closer (to beating CHN). It would be great to be back here, but one game at a time.

What a see-sawing match though. HYD were highly subdued with the bat until Carlos Brathwaite's blitz took them to a score they could work with. And after three disappointing games, their bowlers found their mojo back on a Wankhede surface they very much would like to carry everywhere. The extra fizz off the deck made Rashid Khan a menace, after the movement at the start had CHN tottering. At 62/6, with 79 needed off 45, the Hyderabad would have backed themselves. But geez we were in for something special from du Plessis. CHN have now beaten HYD three times out of three this season.

22:45 Local Time, 17:15 GMT, 22:45 IST: HYD players are quite stunned as CHN pull off another jailbreak. My word that was a sensational finish, with Faf du Plessis engineering a heroic turnaround to take Chennai into the final. Shardul Thakur's edges were no less heroic. But let's just focus on du Plessis here. A player sparingly used in the league stages, whose form was blowing hot and cold, and here he comes in the playoffs to win it almost single-handedly for the team. That's what match-winners are.

19.1
6
Bhuvneshwar to du Plessis, SIX, Faf du Plessis, you champion! He takes just one ball to do it. Slower ball on a length, whacks it back down the ground to smash those LED boards before raising his arms and letting out a huge roar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar [3.0-0-8-1] is back into the attack

It's just six to get in the final over. But it's the best death bowler of the T20 League. If someone can, Bhuvi can

18.6
4
S Kaul to SN Thakur, FOUR, Shardul Thakur, are you kidding me! He's making up for all the punishment he took from the hands of Carlos Brathwaite. Wankhede erupts. Full ball at the stumps, drilled back past the bowler's head. Swirls away into the fence
18.5
2
S Kaul to SN Thakur, 2 runs, full ball on off, Thakur barrels it with a big back-lift straight down the ground. There's a bit of ground for Dhawan to cover to his right from long-off, and that's enough for du Plessis to put his head down and head back to the non-striker's end. What a finish this
18.4
1
S Kaul to du Plessis, 1 run, this is cool batting from Faf du Plessis. Knocks this length ball to cover for one
18.4
1
S Kaul to du Plessis, wide, misfires with this leg-cutter. It's well wide of off. Faf keeps his mind and doesn't go chasing after it

Oh look at that. Look at the burden on Kaul's shoulders. He has to spend a moment on his haunches to compose himself

18.3
1
S Kaul to SN Thakur, 1 run, full ball, driven hard down to long-off
18.2
4
S Kaul to SN Thakur, FOUR, would you believe it? Another french cut for four. Kaul doesn't know how to react. Back of length, cramps Thakur up and takes the inside edge to the fine leg boundary
18.1
4
S Kaul to SN Thakur, FOUR, forget turning the strike over, Thakur has squirted this for four. It's running CHN's way. Kaul's so terribly unlucky though. Beaut of a yorker on off, Thakur gets it right off the toe-end, and with third man up, it runs away

That over has brought CHN right back in this. Now for Thakur to turn the strike over. Lots of tension on everyone's faces.

17.6
4
Brathwaite to du Plessis, FOUR, he's got the boundary. Full ball outside off, the field is set in a way that there are three fielders to the left of point in a ring, and sweeper cover is pretty straight. So Faf carves this full ball square enough of Rashid in the deep to beat him. What a knock he's playing

What will Faf do now? Go for the boundary or look to keep strike?

Shardul Thakur, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.5
1
Brathwaite to du Plessis, out Harbhajan Run Out!! 1 run completed. This is stunning bit of work in the outfield from Rashid Khan. Faf had absolutely drilled this drive to his right at deep extra cover. But not only does he race across and slide to stop it, he also fires in a rocket throw back to Brathwaite to catch Harbhajan well short. Harbhajan run out (Rashid Khan/Brathwaite) 2(9)

Brathwaite to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

17.4
4
Brathwaite to du Plessis, FOUR, four more. Just the over CHN need. Leg-cutter on a back of length, and although he's deceived by it, he's able to drag it away past short fine leg
17.3
6
Brathwaite to du Plessis, SIX, oh what a shot. He's picked the bones out of it. An 87-metre six pumps up the CHN dugout while raising the fifty for the South African player. Brathwaite offers it in the slot again, and gets smoked away
17.2
4
Brathwaite to du Plessis, FOUR, he's successfully targetted extra cover again. Full ball outside off, pretty short of the blockhole, so Faf has enough space to get it over Williamson's head
17.1
1
Brathwaite to Harbhajan, 1 run, leg-cutter on a back of length, Harbhajan goes hard flat-batted but hits it limply down the ground to long-on

Carlos Brathwaite [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

Getting difficult now. The required rate is over 14 which is not easy generally, but even more difficult against the likes of Bhuvneshwar. This will have to be the over. It's Brathwaite. He has to disappear

16.6
1
S Kaul to Harbhajan, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, 116kph, Harbhajan clips it away to deep backward square. He will keep strike. Not sure if CHN want that
16.5
0
S Kaul to Harbhajan, no run, nails the yorker outside off, Harbhajan tries slicing it down to third man but fails
16.4
1
S Kaul to du Plessis, 1 run, can't get it through. Uses his feet to convert this intended yorker into a low full toss. He had width at his disposal too, but he carves this in the vicinity of Williamson at extra cover
16.3
1
S Kaul to Harbhajan, leg byes, 1 run, zips on from a length on middle and leg, beats Harbhajan's flick and deflects off his pad into the on-side
16.2
0
S Kaul to Harbhajan, no run, knuckle ball on a good length outside off, Harbhajan flashes a drive at it and misses. Bit of spongy bounce there which took it over the bat
16.1
1
S Kaul to du Plessis, 1 run, lobbed right off the toe-end from Faf, who dropped his head as soon as he hit it. But luckily, the ball drops well in front of Brathwaite at long-on

Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-12-2] is back into the attack

Gloomy faces of CHN fans, which pretty much comprise the whole of Wankhede tonight. 47 in 24.

15.6
0
Rashid Khan to Harbhajan, no run, pretty much clueless. Pokes at a length ball away from the body, it's the leg-break from Rashid which turns away at a quick pace and beats the outside edge. Rashid finishes with extraordinary figures of 2/11
15.5
0
Rashid Khan to Harbhajan, no run, length ball sliding on from a length outside off, Harbhajan lunges forward and defends back

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