No changes for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The riveting contest at the Wankhede Stadium will spell out who goes directly to the May 27 final, also scheduled at this venue, with the victor guaranteed a spot in the summit clash and the loser left to play Qualifier 2 in Kolkata on May 25.
Table-toppers Hyderabad had made it a habit of defending low totals in the group stage and once again their bowlers blew away the top half of Chennai's batting order quickly to give them an upper hand. He played 42 balls and slammed five boundaries and four sixes. While Super Kings stopped the aspirations of Kings XI Punjab by overcoming a hard start last night in their adopted home base of Pune, Sunrisers have been on a three-game losing run, having sealed their play-off spot with a victory on May 10 against Delhi Daredevils. Chennai Super Kings need 23 runs in 12 balls. That's where the experience comes in.
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In-form Afghan spinner Rashid Khan (2-11) deceived Dhoni (nine) with a googly and dismissed Dwayne Bravo for seven to further peg back Chennai.
Seamer Sandeep Sharma (2-30) had the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar in successive overs of his return spell and reduced Chennai to 92-7 in 15 overs before du Plessis kept his cool and guided Chennai to victory.
The SRH captain had to come in early after his side lost their second leading run-scorer in this IPL, Shikhar Dhawan, for a first-ball duck off Deepak Chahar.
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Bravo then took an exceptional caught-and-bowled chance, whilst tumbling forward during his follow through to get rid of the risky Yusuf Pathan and leave Kane Williamson's side in danger of failing to bat out their overs. He then stands in his crease and greets the very next delivery with a mighty swing of the bat, sending the ball over cow corner for a SIX.
Carlos Brathwaite (43* off 29 balls), skipper Kane Willamson (24) and Yusuf Pathan (24) were the useful contributors for Sunrisers on a track that offered good bounce.
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