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Turning Point: Brathwaite's poor over sinks Sunrisers

By Harish Kotian
May 23, 2018 09:54 IST
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IMAGE: Chennai Super Kings' Faf du Plessis sends one into the stands during IPL Qualifier I against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede stadium, May 22, 2018. Photograph: BCCI

Sunrisers Hyderabad were on course for an easy victory with the Chennai Super Kings reeling at 97/7 in 17 overs in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Not many would have bet against the Sunrisers losing the game. But a puzzling move by Captain Kane Williamson proved decisive.

The New Zealander entrusted part-time medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite the responsibility of bowling the 18th over, with CSK needing 43 from 3 for victory.

 

The well-set Faf du Plessis took on Brathwaite -- who had hit the Sunrisers out of trouble earlier in the evening -- bludgeoning him for 3 fours and a six in the over which went for 20 runs.

That blitz turned the game on its head.

With 23 needed from 2 overs for victory there was no stopping the South African skipper who -- in Shardul Thakur's unlikely company -- steered CSK to victory.

Siddarth Kaul went for 17 runs in the 19th over, leaving Bhuvneshwar Kumar just 6 to defend in the final over.

Du Plessis smashed Bhuvneshwar for a straight six to take CSK to its seventh IPL final and an amazing comeback to the tournament after a two-year ban.

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