IPL 2018, CSK vs SRH: Faf du Plessis showed why experience counts

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"Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket".

The South African middle order batsman, who had scored just 85 runs from four innings before the Qualifier on Tuesday, said that he took strength from his previous performances in the IPL.

Rashid Khan bowled a terrific spell when the Sunrisers Hyderabad had their opportunity to defend.

"It's nice to make a contribution, especially after you haven't played much". Yesterday, I was just reflecting on my past games, and took some confidence from that mentally.

"I am always happy when we win".

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, once had just three wins in hand and were placed at the bottom of the table following their ninth IPL match. Rashid was tough to pick, so hard to take him on. Our plan was to get through him.

On the very first ball, du Plessis smashed a straight drive over the bowler's head directly into the sightscreens as he ushered Chennai Super Kings into their seventh IPL final.

File image of Faf du Plessis holding a shoe that was hurled as a protest at the Chepauk Stadium, Chennai. Sunrisers Hyderabad stood at 47 for 6 after 6 overs. But du Plessis caressed three fours and a six as West Indian seamer Carlos Brathwaite conceded 20 runs in the 18th over. And that's the over we both targeted.

With Kumar and Kaul bowling in tandem, du Plessis was once again just an onlooker as Dhoni tried to fend away their overs.

Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming now works as a T20 coach, with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League.

Including this year, CSK has played the finals a whopping 7 times in the tournament, and won two of them back to back in 2010 and 2011. "It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more", he rued. "Great to have that camaraderie in the ground", he said.

The final match is scheduled for May 27 in Mumbai. If we would've lost this match, we still would give ourselves a second chance. There's been a lot of occasions - go back to Dwayne Bravo early on in the season (against Mumbai Indians), so it's nice we have so many experienced players to rely on. "We're playing our best cricket at the moment". "Sam Billings has played a little bit, played the extra bowler in a couple of games but in Faf, CSK went for experience and boy did he play well", Smith said.

Siddarth Kaul, bowling the 19th over, paid for his inexperience in crunch game as 17 runs came off that over as No. 10 Shardul Thakur (15 off 5 balls) got three boundaries in the 17-run over.

"You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute, and Faf has been brilliant in that".

"We have been a very good team over the past ten seasons, but it's more about the dressing-room atmosphere".

The two-time World Cup winning captain added, "And you can't do that without the players and the support staff".

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