In pics: IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH: Faf du Plessis showed why experience counts

Faf du Plessis leads Chennai Super Kings to a stunning victory

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Chennai Super Kings players celebrate after their victory | Photo: PTI

Chasing a target of 140 runs, Chennai Super Kings won the match by 2 wickets and sealed their berth in the final, thanks to the wonderful batting by Faf du Plessis. Faf made 67 runs off 42 balls and finished the match with a massive six.

Earlier Chennai Super Kings bowlers restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a total of 139 runs

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Chennai Super Kings player Dwayne Bravo celebrating after taking Yusuf Pathan's wicket |Photo: PTI

Chennai Super Kings bowlers utilized the bowler-friendly conditions and clinched early wickets dismissing Shikhar Dhawan as well as skipper Kane Williamson within the first 5 overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad stood at 47 for 6 after 6 overs.

Carlos Brathwaite hits Shardul Thakur for consecutive sixes

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Sunrisers Hyderabad player Carlos Brathwaite hitting the ball | Photo: PTI

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.

Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers bring them back in the game

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Sunrisers Hyderabad's Siddharth Kaul celebrates the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings' Ambati Rayudu during the 1st IPL 2018 qualifier cricket match. | Photo: PTI.

Chennai Super Kings were off to a bad start after their batsmen were caught clueless by effective swing bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and some handy spin by Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan restricting them to 66/6 ad the end of the 13th over.

Du Plessis rises to the occasion along with a cameo by Shardul Thakur

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Chennai Super Kings' Faf Du Plessis plays a shot against Sunrisers Hyderabad during the 1st IPL 2018 qualifier cricket match, in Mumbai.| Photo: PTI

Sunrisers Hyderabad were in the driving seat for the first 17 overs but lost the match in the last 3. Shradul Thakur played cameo innings of 15 runs off5 balls. Du Plessis finished the match with a six down the ground on the first ball of the last over and led them to victory. 

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