Sunrisers fell just short in the first game of the play offs against CSK. Scoring only 139 in their innings they were no more than 10-15 runs short of a winning totalon a tricky pitch in Mumbai. Chasing 140 to win, CSK collapsed to 66-6.
Rashid Khan impressed once more with the ball, taking 2-11 from his four overs, but the Sunrisers conceded 43 runs off 13 balls as they fell short with Du Plessis playing match winning innings
Hyderabad will have another opportunity to reach the final when they face Kolkata Knight Riders
Deepak Charar gave MS Dhoni the ideal start, after the Super Kings captain had put the Sunrisers into bat, as he bowled Shikhar Dhawan with the first ball of the match.
The two-time IPL champions’ bowlers continued to chip away at Hyderabad’s batting line-up with spinner Ravindra Jadeja taking a good low return catch to get rid off Manish Pandey and reduce the Sunrisers to 69-5.
Bravo then took an exceptional caught-and-bowled chance, whilst tumbling forward during his follow through to get rid of the dangerous Yusuf Pathan and leave Kane Williamson’s side in danger of failing to bat out their overs.
Brathwaite, who retained his place after replacing Alex Hales in the previous match, began watchfully but sent Shardul Thakur for successive sixes as he powered the table-toppers to a below-par but respectable 139-7.
Chennai’s task seemed relatively simple but the Sunrisers bowlers had consistently defended low totals throughout the tournament and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had the returning Shane Watson caught behind in the first over of the Super Kings’ chase.
Suresh Raina counter-attacked, hitting Sandeep Sharma’s first three balls to the boundary ropes but Kaul’s introduction in the fourth proved pivotal as a fuller ball bowled Raina before the 28-year-old got his next ball to swing in late to uproot Ambati Rayudu’s middle and off stumps and dismiss him for a first-ball duck.
The evergreen MS Dhoni strode to the crease but Afghanistan spinner outwitted the Indian batting master, with the flight of the ball deceiving him as he was bowled.
Despite constantly losing partners, du Plessis kept his cool and having taken his time to get to the pace of the pitch he launched Brathwaite for 20 runs to reach his half-century.
With Thakur edging three boundaries off the penultimate over, du Plessis sealed the win in style with a straight six off Kumar, to finish with an important 67 off 42 balls.
Sunrisers have now lost four games in a row, three after they qualified for the knock-out stages and the first play off game.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ hopes of a third IPL title remain intact after Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and their spinners helped them dump out Rajasthan Royals with a 25-run win in the eliminator.
Karthik (52 off 38) and Russell (49no off 25) propelled Kolkata, champions in 2012 and 2014, from 51-4 to 169-7 at Eden Gardens, with Rajasthan only able to muster 144-4 in reply, despite Sanju Samson’s 50 from 38 deliveries, as Piyush Chawla (2-24) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-18) proved too frugal.
KKR will battle Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens on Friday with the winner going on to face Chennai Super Kings in Sunday’s final in Mumbai.
Kolkata, who finished third in the league phase, one spot above Rajasthan, lost three wickets in the first four overs, with off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (3-15) removing Sunil Narine (4) second ball, having seen the West Indian club his first delivery for a boundary through cover.
Gowtham caught and bowled Robin Uthappa (4) off a leading edge in the third over, before Jofra Archer (2-33) – Rajasthan’s sole ‘English’ star with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes having returned home for Test duty – had Nitish Rana (3) pouched at midwicket with just 24 on the board.
Chris Lynn (18) then fell in the eighth over but Karthik revived the innings, firstly with Shubman Gill (27) – the Kolkata skipper putting on 55 with Gill before the teenager was dismissed by Archer – while Russell slammed five sixes in his knock as KKR racked up 87 from the final seven overs.
New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (0-15) was the most economical of the Rajasthan bowlers with Kolkata unable to hit a solitary boundary off him – and slow bowlers also proved key for KKR during the Royals’ run chase.
Chawla had Samson caught in the deep as the asking rate increased, shortly after Kuleep ousted Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane (46) to end a second-wicket stand of 62 with Samson.
Kolkata were out of spin once the 17th over was completed but pacemen Prasidh Krishna and Russell did not let the position slip as KKR earned a winner-takes-all showdown with Sunrisers.
Prices for this game are interesting. It’s a home match for KKR and they are 8/11 with PaddyPower. Sunrisers, now losers of 4 in a row, 11/10. Sunrisers at the price are the value in what should be a very tight game.