Mid-day – Chasing a modest target of 140, Chennai were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Chennai cricketers celebrate after winning the T20 2018 Twenty20 first qualifier cricket match against Hyderabad at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on May 22, 2018.

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  • Chasing a modest target of 140, Chennai were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar KumarChennai cricketers celebrate after winning the T20 2018 Twenty20 first qualifier cricket match against Hyderabad at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on May 22, 2018.
  • Pic/AFP South African skipper Faf du Plessis pulled off a ‘Houdini Act’ to guide Chennai to their seventh T20 2018 final with a two-wicket victory over Hyderabad in what has been a fairy tale comeback in the cash-rich league.
  • Chasing a modest target of 140, Chennai were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
  • Effective seam bowling in Powerplay overs swung the game towards two-time champions early on in the innings and they never let it slacken except towards the end when Carlos Brathwaite (43 off 29 balls) laid into Shardul Thakur.
  • The New Zealand captain feathered a catch down leg-side ball off Shardul Thakur to rival captain Dhoni to leave Hyderabad reeling at 36 for 3 in the fifth over.


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