Twitter Reactions: Faf du Plessis’ masterclass takes CSK to 7th IPL final

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South Africa star player Faf du Plessis took Chennai Super Kings to the final of the Indian Premier League as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets in the first qualifier at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday.

Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 67 off 42 balls to help CSK chase down 140 in a low-scoring thriller in Mumbai.

The 33-year-old smashed five boundaries and four sixes during his knock to take CSK to their 7th IPL final.

He had started off his innings very slowly and didn’t get to bat for nearly three overs after opening the innings with Shane Watson. But Du Plessis batted superbly in the second half of his knock with the tail-enders – adding 30 runs with Deepak Chahar, 21 runs with Harbhajan Singh and 27* with Shardul Thakur – to take his team over the line with 5 balls to spare.

Suresh Raina also made a useful contribution with 22 runs while Shardul made 15 not out, which included two boundaries off Siddharth Kaul in the penultimate over which tilted the equation in CSK’s favour.

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.

Earlier, Hyderabad rode on a quickfire 43 off 29 to post 139 for 7 in 20 overs after being put into bat by Dhoni.

The low-scoring match saw the batsmen struggling to score freely and it was only because of Brathwaite’s flourish in the death overs which gave SRH bowlers a defendable score.

Yusuf Pathan and captain Kane Williamson also made useful contributions to the total scoring 24 runs each while Shakib Al Hasan (12) and Shreevats Goswami (12) made identical scores as well.

For CSK, Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets while Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja got a wicket each.

Here is how the Twitter world reacted to the Chennai Super Kings run chase: