Chennai Super Kings are the indisputable king of the multi-billion sporting event Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings or CSK as it fondly known amongst its supporters made a return to the domestic T-20 cricket league after an exodus of two-years.
In a tense first Qualifier between SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, CSK edged past SRH in a thrilling run chase, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led his team to its 7th final in nine years of participation in the tournament.
The kings have returned to the ascendancy once again as the team has lit up the 2 months of cricketing extravaganza in this years edition.
Faf du Plessis carries CSK into finals
On a night, when two of the best teams in the competition till now were battling it out to make it to the finals on Sunday, May 27, CSK emerged victorious. The match was a roller coaster ride for both sections of the fans and a delight for the neutral spectators. The low scoring match had everyone gasping for the breath. The Sunrisers posted a measly total of 139 for 7 on a bowler-friendly slow pitch in the first innings.
CSK came out to chase down the total but were left to introspect midway through the innings as Chennai franchise were reeling under tremendous pressure after SRH bowling department piled on misery after removing 6 wickets for 66 in 12 overs. But, as the saying goes cometh the hour, cometh the man, Faf du Plessis played a match-winning unbeaten inning of 67 runs of 42 balls with five 4s and four 6s to pull the team out of the slumber and drag it past the finishing line with 5 balls to spare.
The Man-of-the-Match innings of du Plessis was hailed by “Captain Cool” Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has led the team successfully throughout the tournament and is all set to get his hands around the coveted IPL trophy for the third time.
Will CSK get its redemption?
The clash between the two of the most standout teams in the tournament certainly lived up to the hype, with both the teams matching spade for spade in a crucial match. Chennai Super Kings once again showed the Indian cricketing fans that they are the “lions” of the IPL by reaching the finals. For CSK, this is their chance at redemption and to regain its lost pride, as the Chennai-based franchise was banned from the competition in 2016 and 2017, after the Hon’ble Supreme Court struck down the controversial amendment that enabled the BCCI board members to hold a position of commercial interest in the IPL and now dysfunctional tournament Champions League T-20.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad, though, have another chance through Qualifier 2, where they will meet the winner of Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, scheduled to take place tonight in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. In the meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings awaits their Sunday’s finals opponent.