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Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets

MOM: Faf du Plessis

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  • Right then, it's going to be El Clasico IV this season. Mark the date on your calendar for the grand finale between Mumbai and Chennai in Hyderabad - it's 12th May, Sunday. The action will begin here at 1930 local (1400 GMT). Don't forget to join us. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
  • Man of the Match, Faf du Plessis says that they didn't have the best of runs in the last 5-6 games and is happy that they played their best in the bigger game. Admits that they started a bit scratchily and feels their strength is to maximize the partnership even if they go 3-4 overs without runs as they have good finishers down the order. Smiles and says that Watson thanked him for his support and taking the pressure off him earlier. Terms it great to win to get into the final. On the miscommunication in the first over, Faf jokes that he almost ran three and they were very fortunate not to lose a wicket that time.
  • Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni is all smiles and says that it's a usual route (reaching the final via Qualifier 2) and last year was an exception. Feels it's always tacky initially in the matches starting early and the spinners get good support. Adds that they kept picking wickets at the right time and that didn't allow Delhi to get going. Mentions that it was important to get the openers out and feels the timing of the wickets was really crucial. On the use of his spinners, MS replies that credit goes to the trio (Jadeja, Harbhajan, Tahir) and it's up to them on how quickly they read the situations. Feels they had to put in the hard yard and be at their best in these conditions which is really commendable. Thanks his bowling department and reckons it's because of them they are in the final. Reckons in a pressure game, he would have preferred his openers to score more runs and thinks why not stay till the end and get those extra runs under their belt.
  • Shane Watson is also up for a chat. He says that it was one of those nights and mentions that the faith Chennai show in him is unbelievable. Admits that he took some time to find the rhythm but then everything fell in place. Praises Faf du Plessis for his batting and feels it worked out really well as Faf's knock helped him to settle down. On the age of his side, Watson replies there are huge positives about age and reckons that experienced players know more of what to do in different situations. Adds that Mumbai are a good team and it's going to be a great challenge for them. Hopes to take the momentum forward from this match. On MS Dhoni, Watson replies that MS is an amazing person, so calm and always shows faith in all the people, and the Aussie has learnt a lot from him.
  • Delhi skipper, Shreyas Iyer, admits that they did not have enough runs on the board. Smiles by saying that it was a great season for Delhi. Says that they expected a slower wicket, given that the soil used on the Delhi and Visakhapatnam pitches is the same but then blames the batsmen for not taking the responsibility of staying in the middle. However, does not want to put the blame on the pitches since as a professional, one cannot complain. On his captaincy stint, Shreyas says that he has learnt a lot from seniors like MS Dhoni and continues to learn from his teammates, especially during tough situations. Further stresses that as a captain, you get to be involved in the management as you get involved in team selections and stuff. Now, he understands what Rohit Sharma and others meant when they used to say that captaincy is difficult. Is proud of the way team gelled this season and reckons that he enjoyed a lot.
  • Dreams shattered for Delhi. They played so well in this edition and reached this stage but failed to cross the second-last hurdle. Their batting didn't come good in this crunch game and only managed a paltry total on the board. In defense, their bowlers initiated well in the first four overs but once Faf du Plessis pressed on the accelerator, their bowlers ran helter-skelter. Keemo Paul was the bowler who was targeted the most. The rest put in a decent effort but that wasn't enough on the night.
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    Four! Bravo finished it in style and CSK beats Delhi by 6 wickets and what an inning by Watson and Faf. Some positives for CSK as Watson gained his form before the Big clash. Wait continues fir Delhi. 

  • A thumping win for Chennai and they have set a date with their arch rivals for the ultimate showdown. Qualifier 2 brought plenty of pressure along with it but given the experience of Chennai, they absorbed everything beautifully and put up a clinical performance. Their bowling was right on the money and then their openers almost put the chase to bed by raising an 81-run stand. Watson and du Plessis scored their respective fifties and showed that there is no substitute for experience.
  • 18.6ISharma to DwayneBravo

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    Four leg byes! Chennai win by 6 wickets and march into their 8th League final in 10 years! Also, this is their 100th win! A touch short in length and drifting down the leg side, Bravo shuffles across the stumps to flick it across the line but misses. It kisses his thigh pad and screams past the diving keeper for a boundary at fine leg.
  • 18.5ISharma to ARayudu

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    Shortish and on off, Rayudu tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Dwayne Bravo is the new batsman.
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    Out! Dhoni can't finish and departs Ishant Strikes again 

  • 18.4ISharma to MSDhoni

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    OUT! What an anti-climax! The crowd is stunned. Dhoni holes out with just two more needed. Ishant gets a wicket by bowling it short. Dhoni pulls it across the line in front of square leg and Paul catches it near the fence. Sharma raises his hands in celebration.
  • 18.3ISharma to MSDhoni

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    A back foot punch from MSD but he finds the extra cover fielder inside the ring.
  • 18.2ISharma to MSDhoni

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    Almost a boundary! Dhoni jumps out of the crease to take it on the full and pumps it over the bowler's head. Munro rushes across to his left from long on to make the stop. Two runs saved.
  • 18.1ISharma to MSDhoni

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    Beaten! Ishant lands it on a good length outside off, going straight on after landing, Dhoni pushes inside the line and misses.
  • Ishant Sharma to bowl what could be the last over for Qualifier 2.
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    Four! Raydu at point

  • 17.6KPaul to ARayudu

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    Tries to tap and run by pushing it towards point but Dhoni sends Rayudu back. 9 from the over, another four needed.
  • 17.5KPaul to ARayudu

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    FOUR! Another four needed for a win! Short in length and wide outside off, Rayudu latches onto it and whacks it through point for a crackling boundary.
  • 17.4KPaul to ARayudu

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    Slower short ball on off, at 109.4 kph, Rayudu is early into his pull shot and takes a blow on his body.
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    Four! Raydu does it again

  • 17.3KPaul to ARayudu

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    The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 17.2KPaul to ARayudu

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    FOUR! Eased away! Not for the first time Paul has erred in his line this evening. Goes down the leg side and it's easily flicked down to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 17.1KPaul to MSDhoni

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    Angling down the leg side, Dhoni tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to square leg and they cross for a leg bye.
  • Keemo Paul is back on. 41 in 2 overs from him so far...
  • 16.6TBoult to ARayudu

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    Bowls it full and on middle, Rayudu gets behind the line and blocks it back. 8 from the over, 13 needed more off 3 overs.
  • 16.5TBoult to MSDhoni

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    Digs in a short ball on middle, Dhoni leans back to get on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for one.
  • 16.4TBoult to MSDhoni

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    Straighter in line, it's flicked with fine timing through square leg for a couple of runs.
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    Four! MS starts with Boundary

  • 16.3TBoult to MSDhoni

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    FOUR! Ziva likes that shot and she is seen clapping for Daddy Dhoni. Short in length and sliding down the leg side, Dhoni turns inside the crease and helps it on its way to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 16.2TBoult to MSDhoni

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    On a full length and wide outside off, Dhoni reaches out for it but fails to middle his shot. It takes the bottom edge and rolls near the surface.
  • 16.1TBoult to ARayudu

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    Back of a length delivery outside off, angling away, Rayudu hangs on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover. They cross for just a single but the crowd is going mad. Reason - MS Dhoni is on strike now.
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    Out! Akshar Strikes as Raina departs 

  • Strategic break. 21 needed off 24 balls. Mere formality left looking at the runs needed but funny things have happened in cricket. Having said that, MS Dhoni has walked in and more often than not, you will bank on him to finish the job. Trent Boult to bowl after the break...
  • 15.6APatel to SRaina

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    OUT! Dragged it on! Outside off, Raina goes back to punch but is too close to the ball. The ball comes in, takes the inside edge and hits the stumps.
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    Four! Raydu plays it beautifully at cover

  • 15.5APatel to ARayudu

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    The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 15.4APatel to ARayudu

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    FOUR! Inside out! Full and outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and lofts it over cover for a boundary!
  • 15.3APatel to SRaina

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    The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.2APatel to SRaina

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    Comes down the track and has a wild heave but is gone for all money. Luckily for him, the ball takes the inside edge and goes past the leg stump towards fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 15.1APatel to SRaina

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    Full and outside off, Raina looks to play the slog but misses.
  • 14.6AMishra to SRaina

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    Full on middle, pushed down to long on for another single.
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    Mishra comes into attack

  • 14.5AMishra to ARayudu

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    Full and outside off, swept to mid-wicket for one more.

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