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, Wankhede41 off 2.5 vs KOL, Chennai44 off 2.4 vs BLR, Bengaluru43 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.
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
Oh look at that. Look at the burden on Kaul's shoulders. He has to spend a moment on his haunches to compose himself
That over has brought CHN right back in this. Now for Thakur to turn the strike over. Lots of tension on everyone's faces.
What will Faf do now? Go for the boundary or look to keep strike?
Shardul Thakur, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Brathwaite to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
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
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.
Rashid Khan [3.0-0-10-2] is back into the attack
Harbhajan Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sandeep Sharma to Chahar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
"CHN CHN" chants
Timeout! This isn't over folks. Don't rule CHN out yet. Faf du Plessis has hung around, and there's Deepak Chahar too. Only a couple of nights back, he was giving it a fair tonk. One more over of Rashid Khan to deal with though
Shakib Al Hasan [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Deepak Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sandeep Sharma to Jadeja, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
CHN have pretty much stalled. They need someone to counterattack, and maybe Jadeja's the man for it
Sandeep Sharma [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Dwayne Bravo, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rashid back on the field and will continue. Change of gloves for Faf
A smile on Rashid's face in the dugout as he rubs his throat. Should be fine
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Now here's something. Rashid Khan looks to be a bit sick, and is walking off. Don't think it's anything major. Shakib brought on
Time for the strategic break. It's been a brilliant defence of 139 so far from HYD, Watson fell in the first over, Raina was looking so good, but the demons in his mind caused his downfall, Rayudu got a peach first-ball and then MS was done in by a Rashid special. du Plessis has hardly got strike and he has looked very scratchy, but he now needs to play a big innings if CHN are to avoid a Kolkata detour
A slip for Bravo
Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
MS has a word with du Plessis, the slip remains
It's spin and it's Rashid Khan. A slip in place
More pace and it's Carlos Brathwaite
Plenty of Dhoni, Dhoni chants at the Wankhede
One slip for MS
A third over for Bhuvneshwar, KW is going for the kill
Two slips for Dhoni
MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Scoring 100 & duck vs same team in a season:AB de Villiers v CHN (2009)David Warner v KOL (2010)Chris Gayle vs PUN (2011)Adam Gilchrist v BLR (2011)Murali Vijay v DEL (2012)Virat Kohli v GUJ (2016)Ambati Rayudu v HYD (2018)
S Kaul to Rayudu, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease
S Kaul to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
First change and Kaul replaces Sandeep. He has a leg gully in place
Bhuvneshwar, from round the wicket
After 14 balls and a wicket, du Plessis gets on strike for the first time. One slip in place for him and it's Dhawan
Sandeep Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Two slips for Raina
Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Bhuvneshwar to Watson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Loud shout for LBW and HYD will not review
Watson and du Plessis are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack