11.05pm An excellent match of cricket. We have one finalist decided, but we still need two more games before we discover our second finalist. Will it be Sunrisers Hyderabad? Or will it be one of Kolkata Knight Riders or Rajasthan Royals? Whoever it will be - if today is anything to go by - the next three matches will also be spectacular games of cricket. We hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of this exciting encounter. On behalf of Deiva Muthu, this is Sreshth Shah signing off. We'll see you tomorrow once again. Bye!
Param: "@Raj: It doesn't matter if it's a zillion times or a gazillion times, I promise you, next match, once again, there'll be comments after comments questioning every decision Dhoni makes. "
SD: "@Rijo: To be honest, SA players add a lot of value to teams they play in. That's been the story of IPL over the years. Right from the likes of Kallis to de Villiers, Morkel brothers, du Plessis, Ryan McLaren, Hashim Amla, Chris Morris and now Rabada and Ngidi. South African talent lights the tournament up. Always."
10.56pm Time for the official presentation. Stick around.
Faf du Plessis, Man of the Match. "Thank you," says Faf. "It's nice to contribute since I haven't played much. Yesterday, I was just reflecting on my past games, and took some confidence from that mentally. I just entered the changing room now, and asked the boys 'how did we win this, guys?'. Sometimes the game seems out of reach, but you keep sticking in. But Shardul came in and hit some boundaries, and everything went our way. Rashid was a real handful, so just happy to cross the line. Rashid was tough to pick, so hard to take him on. So try to get through him as much as you can."
Jmani: "Dhoni's press conference is longer than a Dravid's test innings"
Winning captain MS Dhoni. "Always happy when we win. Being in the top two gives you that liberty to have one more game," Dhoni says. "If we would've lost, you still give yourself a second chance. They bowled very well, and there was a bit for the fast bowlers. Bhuvi bowled well, backed up well by Rashid. We kept losing wickets, and so we had to push ourselves. Losing three-four wickets in the middle always puts you on pressure. Plus, they have a mystery bowler. It's good to win a game like this, but what's more important, is knowing how we can improve. Our bowling combination is the best we have, and from the beginning I've been using different players at different stages to test them. You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time. It may hurt you sometimes, and the best bowlers are playing these games. Faf's innings, is where experience counts. It's not easy to not play a lot of games, but I always say you need to train your mind as well. That's where the experience comes in. You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute, and Faf has been brilliant. I know we had a second chance, but still feels good. We have been a very good team over the past ten seasons, but it's more about the dressing room atmosphere. And you can't do that without the players and the support staff. And if atmosphere is not good, then players go to different directions. But somehow, we have managed to keep our boys on track."
Raj: "there's the proof, for the zillionth time, that MS dhoni hasn't lost his Midas touch in captaincy.... Again who was questioning Faf's inclusion ?"
Rijo: "Probably the first time , a South African player has not choked in a Chase...To me that's the magic of CSK !!!"
Fletch: "Asked it at halfway - and will ask it again. Has the controversial non-call of the no-ball from Chahar to Shakib - from the miscontrolled beamer - cost SRH the match?"
Carbon Diamante: "Just like Sholay. Thakur made Gabbar and then unmade him."
Harsha Gutha: "Tough luck for srh...all the edges against their way in both the innings..."
10.52pm At the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy, 18-year-old Lalremsiami scored two crucial goals for India and won the U-21 rising star award, having played a total of just 31 minutes. Until two years ago, the Mizo teenager could hardly understand a word of Hindi instructions her coaches were shouting out. Here's more on her remarkable journey.
Param: "Selection errors, batting order errors, googly remembering errors, bowling choices errors, all kinds of errors people love to point out. Sometimes, they should just learn to keep quiet and stop acting like experts sitting at home."
Virag : "I dont get why people are going after Kane for giving the 18th over to Carlos. Carlos had a better econ rate than Sandeep at that point , besides Kaul went for 17 and Bhuvi went for Six of the first ball of the last. There is no indication Sandeep would have done better than Carlos. "
Prabu: "If not Watson, its Rayudu, if nor Rayudu, its MSD, if not MSD its Bravo, If not Bravo its Raina, If not Raina its Billings, if not Billings its Faf and its goes on... Thats CSK for you."
Hayson: "The 1 and only error by Kane Williamson this whole season was to give the ball to braithwaite, he should have bowled Kaul, bhuvneshwar and sandeep"
10.43pm The Sunrisers keeper is on the floor. So are some other SRH fielders, but take a bow, Faf du Plessis. Chennai Super Kings looked totally out of it after the Powerplay, but just, human beings can really bring out the best from within themselves if they continue to dig in. CSK always seem to teach us that if you believe in yourself, the universe will conspire to make you win. That's their third win over Sunrisers this season. Time for some words from the players.
Here's Kane Williamson as well. "Trip to Kolkata now," Williamson said. "We were too short with the bat, and it was actually a decent surface. We would've wanted 20 more. The game did swing our way, and bowlers were outstanding, but we didn't quite execute it like in the past. Hopefully we can cross the line in Kolkata and come back here. We do back our death bowlers, but it wasn't to be today. Credit to CSK's lower order. It's important that we learn from this and take it to our next match. Faf played a beautiful knock, and credit to the way they scrapped it. We got a bit of hard work to do, but we'll do it one over at a time."
Shardul Thakur, the Man of the moment. "It was good, and it was important for me to give some runs so that Faf could finish it. I always told my coaches that I want to finish the game with the bat, and today I had the opportunity. MS said 'pick your balls', and Faf said to take single off the last ball, but I found the boundary. People are here to see entertainment and they got some. You have to believe, always."
LCP: "Wonder if that's the lowest number of balls faced for anyone who's carried their bat through an innings?" -- Hey, it crossed my mind too, but it doesn't count as 'carrying the bat' if the full 20 overs aren't finished.
We're ready. It's Best v Best time. Bhuvneshwar to Faf...
Lakshay: "Man, how deep is CSK's batting _/\_"
CSK need 10 off seven balls
James: "Shardul Thakur: Villain to hero?"
Reaud: "Sandeep had an economy of 10 and Brathwaite had an economy of 6, can't blame Kane in the situation "
Shardul on strike...
Chintan N Parek: "@Vignesh: Was looking for you, finally someone criticising the captain of the season."
raghu: "Brathwaite.. Hero to Villian.."
Rashid's hurt his shoulder, I think. Physio's working on him beyond the boundary
Vignesh R: "Poor captaincy, Carlos is a part timer. He shouldn't be bowling the 18th over. He should have planned differently else could have used Bhuvi for 18th and Kaul for 19th. And use Sandeep for last over "
Nithin Sanil ku: "Out of 102 balls bowled, only 35 faced by du Plessis. "
CSK need 43 off 18
Yadullah: "@sreshthx Rather say, SRH need to defend 47 in 24 to confirm a place in the final." -- Forty six