IPL 2018, Qualifier 1, SRH vs CSK: A 'Faf'ulous innings helps Chennai win a thriller against SRH
The table-toppers were playing the 1st Qualifier in Mumbai, and the two-time Champions Chennai Super Kings got the perfect start, after putting in SRH to bat first.
Sunrisers lost their first wicket of the very first ball and wickets fell on a regular basis and the run-rate was low. SRH's middle order yet again failed, but thanks to Carlos Brathwaite's 29-ball 43 they could reach set a target of 140 against the mighty CSK.
Defending a low total SRH seem to have found their mojo back, as they picked up six wickets within the first thirteen overs, at an economy rate less than 5. The orange army was on course to their second finals but one man in yellow jersey had something else on his mind.
Faf du Plessis played a phenomenal innings scoring 67 off 42 balls in a closely fought encounter. In the last two overs, Shardul Thakur played a crucial 5-ball 15 cameo and made things easy for the man of the match who finished off the match with a six of the first of the twentieth over.
Here are some of Twitter reactions from the thrilling match:
And the hand that giveth is the hand that taketh. Thakur concedes 20 in the last over. Now 15 from 5 balls.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 22, 2018
9 Seasons— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 22, 2018
9 Plays offs
Name is CSK!
Scoring 100 & duck vs a team in a season:— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) May 22, 2018
AB de Villiers v CSK (2009)
D Warner v KKR (2010)
C Gayle vs KXIP (2011)
A Gilchrist v RCB (2011)
M Vijay v DD (2012)
V Kohli v GL (2016)
A Rayudu v SRH (2018)#SRHvCSK #IPL2018
FAF .......— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 22, 2018
Faf do please us.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 22, 2018
Well played @ChennaiIPL ! What a game. Awesome to watch the comeback— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) May 22, 2018
For CSK this season:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 22, 2018
Watson won a game..
Rayudu won a game..
Raina won a game..
Bravo won a game..
Dhoni won a game..
Jaddu won a game..
Lungi won a game..
Faf won a game..
Every game they found an hero!
Truly remarkable! What an innings from @faf1307 under pressure & some brilliant support from Shardul. Someone or other always finds a way to make this team win. Just unbelievable. Congratulations to CSK for making it to the final. Great effort but hard luck today, SunRisers! #IPL pic.twitter.com/xeP35sA8TY— R P Singh (@rpsingh) May 22, 2018
Carlos Braithwaite hadn't bowled at such a crunch situation so far this IPL. He felt the pressure and @faf1307 pounced on it completely with all his experience. To me that was the game changing moment from today. #SRHvCSK— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) May 22, 2018
Pretty funny to see Pritam giving "Nayi Soch" award.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 22, 2018
7th IPL final for the Dhoni led @ChennaiIPL in 9 years. No player has ever led his side to so many finals. It's like a special magic that's being weaved year after year. Something that's not quite ordinary. Without doubt the 'BEST SIDE' in IPL ever. Period #SRHvCSK— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) May 22, 2018
Need a honest answer from all @ChennaiIPL fans...how many of you thought except for @msdhoni with his pads on in dugout and @faf1307 with the bat in the middle, that this miracle at Wankhede could happen? Honestly I did imagine this :) #SRHvCSK #WhistlePodu— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) May 22, 2018
The most difficult things to understand for humans :— Sportskeeda (@Sportskeeda) May 22, 2018
1. Quantum physics
3. Rocket science
4. Rashid Khan's googly#SRHvCSK
CSK surely fixes one thing in every IPL, their spot in finals 😊#SRHvCSK— Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) May 22, 2018
Ah, CSK.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) May 22, 2018
They always manage somehow.
No worries, SRH.
You'll get another shot in the Final.#SRHvCSK
"Our Final Is Our Final , None Of Your Final" - Chennai Super Kings#SRHvCSK— Roshni Walia (@RoshniWalia45) May 22, 2018
Who needs cheerleaders, when you have Imran Tahir in the dugout?#SRHvCSK— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) May 22, 2018
Rashid Khan :— Jaanvi 🏏 (@ThatCricketBuff) May 22, 2018
Virat Kohli ✔
AB de Villiers ✔
MS Dhoni ✔
No one picked his googly. What a bowler!#SRHvCSK
Btw What's the role of Harbhajan Singh in CSK??— Anshuman Mishra (@Anshuman86m) May 22, 2018
Is he playing as batsman? #SRHvCSK
What a turnaround for Jadeja since dropping those two catches of Sunil Narine. Pehle hi chhod deta bhai. 😂#SRHvCSK— Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) May 22, 2018
It keeps getting better 😍— Abhay3 (@ImAbhay3) May 22, 2018
11cr Manish Pandey's scores vs CSK since his last 50 against them:
126 runs in 13 inns averaging 10 striking at 87😍#SRHvCSK
its quite unfair that CSK get to play at a home ground every time,whereas the the others get to play at home only half the time.😂 #SRHvCSK— ashir gowardhan (@housterhAIs) May 22, 2018
Most ducks in playoff matches in IPL:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 22, 2018
3 - Suresh Raina
3 - SHIKHAR DHAWAN*#SRHvCSK