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Faf du Plessis was awarded Man of the Match in the qualifier one against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Image Courtesy: BCCI

In the highly anticipated Qualifier 1 clash in the Playoffs of IPL 2018, it was the comeback kings, Chennai Super Kings, who trumped the table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad for the third time in the tournament by two wickets.

The match was set brilliantly by CSK bowlers who reduced the men in orange to 88-6, as the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja were sensational on the given day, to restrict the batting heavy SRH unit up front.

Carlos Brathwaite registered a priceless knock, just when his team needed it the most, after remaining unused in the tournament.

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MS Dhoni bowled by Rashid Khan in Mumbai. Image Courtesy: BCCI

It was looking out of reach – Faf

CSK, chasing a sub-par score of 140, received few early hiccups which jeopardised their chances of clinching the match.

Continuing of the CSK theme of the tournament, where different individuals performed on separate occasions, it was Faf du Plessis, who was the hero of the match for the men in yellow.

With wickets falling at the other end and steeping required run-rate, the South African captain used all his experience to help Chennai Super Kings book a place in the finals.

For his unbeaten knock of 67 under pressure, Faf du Plessis was awarded as the man of the match title.

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Faf du Plessis of the Chennai Superkings and Shardul Thakur of the Chennai Superkings celebrates after winning the qualifier one match of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the Chennai Super Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 22nd May 2018. Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

It’s nice to make a contribution tonight. Haven’t played much. Last night when I was preparing, I reflected on the games I’ve played here in Mumbai. It’s a stadium I’ve enjoyed playing. Took confidence from that,” Faf du Plessis commented while receiving his man of the match title.

It was looking out of reach. Everything went our way towards the end. Even the tailenders struck few boundaries in the end. It was like the win was scripted for us tonight,” Du Plessis continued.

Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket. He was really really tough to play on that wicket. It stopped a bit on that wicket, and he bowls quickly. Towards the end, I was just trying to place a few,” concluded Faf du Plessis.