Rashid's Wrong'un Outfoxes Dhoni in IPL

Rashid's Wrong'un Outfoxes Dhoni in IPL

Ronald Pratt
May 23, 2018

Mumbai: South African skipper Faf du Plessis pulled off a "Houdini Act" to guide Chennai Super Kings to their seventh Indian Premier League final with a two-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in what has been a fairy tale comeback in the cash-rich league. "With the bat, we could have taken a few smarter options in order to get maybe another 15 or 20 on that surface", he added. Starting then, the rub of the green went against SRH on several occasions; Kane Williamson (24) and Shakib al Hasan gloved the ball to be caught down the leg-side, while Shreevats Goswami and Yusuf Pathan (24) were at the receiving end of sensational return catches. Afghanistan's Rashid Khan once again controlled the middle overs and picked up 2/11 in four overs.

In one such video, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo celebrated the victory with a dance in the dressing room along with Harbhajan Singh.

Cape Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis was the man of the moment for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL on Tuesday.

South African captain Faf du Plessis is not the most stylish players going around in global cricket and he plays in the same team as the much celebrated and iconic AB de Villiers.

Dwayne Bravo paid a wonderful tribute to skipper MSDhoni following Chennai Super Kings' win over Sunrisers Hyderabad that helped them get into the final. They bowled very well, and there was a bit for the fast bowlers. "The game obviously has its ups and downs, twists and turns, but we have had a season where we have won from unwinnable positions. Plus, they have a mystery bowler (Rashid)". And all it took Khan to crack the Dhoni code was three balls. Hyderabad, in a way, lost a match which was theirs to win, but they have another chance to reach the finals and take revenge against Chennai. 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.

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"To be fair, the way I look at it, that's not where we want to correct ourselves".

"Death bowling is our strength, but today CSK played well and showed their depth with the bat". After that, the bowlers bowled either short or back of the length to deny Hyderabad any easy scoring opportunities.

Earlier in the evening, the Sunrisers lost Shikhar Dhawan to the first ball of the match; the left-hander threw his bat at one angled across him, but only managed to drag the ball back onto his stumps.

"(Ngidi) has provided a spearhead for MS, and it has improved our first six overs. Suresh Raina started with a hat-trick of boundaries against Sandeep Sharma but was the first of the two victims of Siddarth Kaul. And most of his runs came off the bowling of Thakur. Ngidi was great, (Ravindra) Jadeja was good, but it was an okay performance. "Being in the top two gives us that liberty to have one more game", Dhoni says.