Wary of the dew factor later in the evening, skipper Dhoni had earlier opted to field against 2016 champions Hyderabad and paceman Deepak Chahar gave Chennai a ideal start by dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for a first ball duck. Williamson had two overs of Shakib Al Hasan and one of Sandeep Sharma, but turned to Brathwaite, who conceded a game-changing 20 runs.
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He had started off his innings very slowly and didn't get to bat for almost three overs after opening the innings with Shane Watson.
Raina's 22 off 13 was a good effort, but was bowled by kaul. Du Plessis was then not out on 38 off 31 balls.
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Kane Williamson: "It was a great game of cricket". As wickets kept tumbling on the other end, he kept going on and on, fighting a lone battle. A late flurry from West Indian Brathwaite, who slammed Thakur for four huge sixes and a four in death overs, boosted the total significantly.
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He hit a six on the first ball of the 20th over to chase down Sunrisers' total of 139 with two wickets left. "So you try to get through him as much as you can". Any batsmen in the world would have found it hard to negotiate with that kind of a ball first up.
CSK needed 6 runs to win in the final over and du Plessis smacked a six off the first ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/14) to finish the match with 5 balls to spare and triggered massive celebrations in the CSK dugout. It's very common for any batsman to lose concentration when wickets are falling at the other end.
"If the atmosphere is not good, it becomes hard to perform and players go to different directions". He approached the chase brilliantly and displayed nerves of steel.
Team wise, CSK brought in Shane Watson for Sam Billings while SRH, coming into the game with three losses on the trot, went in unchanged. Chennai batsmen looked to play him out rather than trying to do anything fancy against him. As they say, there's always one surplus player in Dhoni's T20 teams, depending on where and whom they play. There was a bit in the pitch for the pacers.
They could start to prepare for their trip to Kolkata when Deepak Chahar holed out to long-on. It all happens in the Knockout stages.
"This is the best combination that we have got". We will get hit at some time. An 8 PM game means dew throughout the game, Dhoni explained, so both the teams start on par, but a 7 PM game allows for a tiny bowling window at the start, which skews the balance more often than not. To be mentally ready to step out and do the job and called upon and that's where his experience came in handy. He has been brilliant tonight.
CSK team has been a dominant force in this year's IPL as they finished second in the points table. And it's not possible without the management, players and support staff. We are enjoying the way we are.
Shardul Thakur - remember Brathwaite laying into him earlier? - then elicited two perfectly unintended French cuts that went for fours.
"Good to win games like this". The bowlers were outstanding.
"Hopefully we can cross the line in Kolkata and come back here". Most times we'd back ourself to defend that.
But let's give CSK some credit for their batting depth here. It's important that we learn from this and take it to our next match. Faf played a handsome game.