Harbhajan Singh: The way we've chased these runs, absolutely brilliant. He is in the nineties now. I had to bowl well in the death. Faf looks in good form here as Chennai need the Proteas skipper to once again pace the innings like he had in Qualifier 1 a few days ago. Yusuf Pathan ended the over with a four after Carlos Brathwaite smacked a big six.
A knock for the ages for sure as he has dealt in boundaries for most of the innings after starting with 10 dot balls. The talented leggie, who has been described as the best T20 spinner currently by Sachin Tendulkar, again looms as a huge stumbling block for the Super Kings' strong batting line-up. We go to Chennai tomorrow. The target of 140 is looking very daunting now following the fall of wickets. But we kept focus, and nothing's better than winning titles. When he goes on the field he can do the things.
Sandeep finished his quota of fours overs with dismal figures of 1 for 52. Chennai are slowly taking control of the proceedings here. Irrespective of the result, that was the plan. Even Raina's fall didn't give the other side the opening they would've liked. If you captain, you're playing, so that's something I enjoyed.
Over the long on fielder for a maximum. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who came up with a sensational 3 for 19 stint last night apart from scoring a rapid-fire 34 in ten balls and then taking two catches and effecting a run-out, had troubled the Super Kings with a 2 for 11 burst in the first qualifier. It was a good catch indeed, the one that dismissed Shakib Al Hasan, considering how quickly the ball came at him but it was certainly not the kind that sticks in your mind. Faf Du Plesis might get a game in his absence. When you're fielding, you have to adjust your plans, but other than that, our batsmen know their style. Only goes on to show that this final is not one that should be remembered for big catches. Bottom hand and he generates superb power to get his boundary at long off region.
More than age, fitness matters to him. Kaul gives away just four runs in the over and Bhajji takes a single on the last ball to get back on strike. Has it swung back in the favor of Chennai? Can turn their second chance into a ticket to the final or will win at home? Super Kings would like to win the trophy for the third time while Sunrisers would be gunning the title for the second time after 2016. Jadeja angled it on the stumps and gets his man. Sandeep Sharma gets the breakthrough as Faf Du Plessis departs for 10 runs. He will also have back up from, notably medium pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul. But now these days both of team Chennai Super King and Sunrises Hyderabad wining continuously.
This is the big stage for him to show that he can be their impact player for his team. While the Super Kings are blessed with a four-day break in between their two games, Sunrisers will be hoping that their winning momentum will help overcome the tiredness of travelling to and from Kolkata and playing their third game, which also happens to be the championship-deciding one, in seven days. Jadeja is over the wicket and Shakib frees his arms and gets his boundary. Kane goes for the wild pull but doesn't get enough meat behind. Stephen Flemming is up for a chat now. The plus point for Super Kings, who have alternately blown hot and cold in their last six games, is that they have not depended on just a couple of batsmen although Rayudu has been their standout performer with 586 runs.
Quick runs off the second last ball. Great to be bowling at the death. Shane Watson turned out to be that wall for Hyderabad. But if Yusuf stays here, this one is going to be a party in the business end. He's been a fantastic cricketer.
Everyone knows their roles by the time you reach the final and so you don't really need to tell the players much. Share your wishes and pix! They lost three wickets inside the Powerplay, courtesy a classical spell from Deepak Chahar who was absolutely on song to dent Hyderabad up front. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Very fine and Raina got enough on it to see it race towards the boundary. Iterates about enjoying batting as well as captaining and feels no additional burden to play numerous roles. I mean considering that Kane was in good form, Dhoni was right that he needed someone who would take the ball away from the batsman.
Reckons that he has plenty of time to recover and thanks his physio for keeping him fit and ready. Got much better, so I was confident we'll chase it. His coming back to form will be the biggest boost for the team. He pulls the ball and gets a maximum over the square leg fielder. Reasons that the ball was stopping a bit on the surface and hence they felt safe. It was the Super Kings who halted Sunrisers' six-game winning streak with a comprehensive eight-wicket drubbing on May 13 in Pune. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings is the first play off game of the round.