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23 May 2018, 09:39 | Marta Robbins
Faf Du Plessis scored a magnificent 67 not out off 42 balls
Fleming described his team's performance as just about good. Plus, they have a mystery bowler.
"Took confidence from that". You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time.
In-form Suresh Raina was playing beautifully, hitting four well-timed boundaries on his way to 22 off 13 balls. Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket. Our plan was to get through him.
With Dhoni choosing experience over everything else in the crunch Qualifier against Sunrisers, it was du Plessis, in his fifth match of the tournament, who walked out to open the innings with Shane Watson on Tuesday, looking to chase down 140 on one very tricky Wankhede wicket.
"Rashid's the best legspinner in the world".
Carlos Brathwaite came into this match at a hard stage (69/5) and Hyderabad's innings was going nowhere.
"Can't believe that we won that game last night!" he wrote. "We watch a lot of footage, but he's still so hard to pick", du Plessis said in a separate interview with Star Sports.
The Barbadian once again got stuck into Thakur in the final over, lashing two sixes and a four as 20 runs came from the last six balls of the innings. His slower ball is not that much different than his (normal) pace.
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Chasing a 140-run target on a slow wicket is a tough task and it gets tougher when the bowling team is the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers. "It took a little bit of turn, but it was probably a 160 wicket, so we were a little bit short with the bat. Great to have that camaraderie in the ground", he said. Faf made 67 runs off 42 balls and finished the match with a massive six.
"We have a few old bodies in the team, but in big moments you want experience there".
For Du Plessis, reflecting on how he has played on the previous occasions in Mumbai helped him gain confidence as he went out to bat.
Chennai have reached the final seven times in the nine seasons they have competed in the IPL.
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.
Coach Stephen Fleming says Faf du Plessis, who single-handedly guidedChennai Super Kings into the final of Indian Premier League's 11th edition, was played in the first qualifier because of an injury to Sam Billings. That's where the experience comes in. You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant, ' Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "It's good to win a game like this, but what's more important, is knowing how we can improve".
In one of the most telling images of this IPL - one that will be etched in the minds of ardent CSK supporters - du Plessis holds a shoe that was hurled at the Chennai players at the Chepauk Stadium on 10 April during the Cauvery river protests.
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