SRH vs CSK, IPL 2018

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"Faf's innings, is where experience counts". You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time.

The IPL final is on May 27 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium with $4 million going to the victor. As the tournament has gone on and pitches have become progressively slower, Jadeja has bowled his entire quota in five of his last six games. But du Plessis caressed three fours and a six as West Indian seamer Carlos Brathwaite conceded 20 runs in the 18th over. Two edges went for boundaries off the first two balls, by which time the tide had turned. Both wickets belonged to Siddharth Kaul.

MS Dhoni failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan while Dwayne Bravo was done in by extra bounce edging one to Shikhar Dhawan at slips.

Effective seam bowling in Powerplay overs swung the game towards two-time champions early on in the innings and they never let it slacken except towards the end when Carlos Brathwaite (43 off 29 balls) laid into Shardul Thakur. "They will have to step up in the final", he added.

Chasing a modest target of 140, CSK were down in dumps at 92/7 before du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He struck five 4s and four 6s.

Faf du Plessis was retained by Chennai Super Kings using the RTM at IPL 2018 Auctions but he was not given too many matches this season.

KKR have had an excellent IPL campaign this year as they won eight of their 14 group stages match, including their last three matches to storm into the playoffs.

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"Sam has struggled a little bit, but he was still a part of our options". It's not easy not to get games during the IPL. He fell awkwardly on his hip, which has been quite bruised. "It does change the set-up, with [Ambati] Rayudu going back to No. 4 but that's not a bad thing either", Fleming said after the win.

"Credit goes to management, support staff and players".

With the bat, we could have taken some better options in order to get maybe another 15/20 on that surface.

"It's obviously very tough to swallow because we certainly back our death bowling to close games out from that point".

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Rajasthan Royals for the Eliminator match on Wednesday; the winner of which will then face SRH in Qualifier 2 to vie for the second spot in the Final, to be held on Sunday, where the winner will face off with CSK to decide the winner of the 11th edition of the IPL.

Du Plessis further praised Rashid, calling him the best leg spinner in the world and warning prospective rivals of his potential to single handedly win matches. His calm and composed approach at the centre ensured that he was a ideal fit for global cricket - especially in a side that has had the "chokers" label branded onto them since before one can remember.

But now that a vacancy has opened up, Faf will definitely be in the lineup for CSK in the finals as well, where he will have the chance to repeat his Qualifier-1-heroics yet again.

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