IPL 2018: Calm Dhoni says it's more about 'dressing room atmosphere'

Faf du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 61 to take CSK into the final

Mumbai (Maharashtra), May 23: Reacting to Sunrisers Hyderabad's (SRH) loss to Chennai Super Kings by two wickets in the first Qualifier on Tuesday, skipper Kane Williamson maintained a defensive stance for his bowlers and indicated that 15-20 extra runs could have booked their spot in the finals. Du Plessis, who had faced just three balls off the four overs bowled, had until then been more of an onlooker as he saw the top order walking back to the dugout more frequently than him getting the strike. Our plan was to get through him. With 43 required off the last three overs, Du Plessis took 20 runs off Braithwaite's 18th over which included three boundaries and a six.

Chennai's Faf du Plessis during his 67* yesterday.

It was a fairytale comeback for CSK, who were reduced to 92/7 in 15 overs in reply to Sunrisers Hyderabad's 139/7. "And Shardul came in there and just smoked a few towards the end", du Plessis said.

The next stop: Chennai advance through to their seventh IPL final after defeating the Sunrisers, Dhoni looking to avenge last year's loss with the Rising Pune Supergiant and add a third piece of silverware to the collection. A little while later Dwayne Bravo edged the leg-spinner to slip, and Ravindra Jadeja hit one straight back to Sandeep Sharma; CSK were in deep trouble at 62-6.

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With Dhoni choosing experience over everything else in the crunch Qualifier against Sunrisers, it was du Plessis, in his fifth match of the tournament, who walked out to open the innings with Shane Watson on Tuesday, looking to chase down 140 on one very tricky Wankhede wicket. "This is the best combination that we have got", skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said after the win. It's not easy when you don't play a lot of games but I always say you need to train your mind as well.

"If we would've lost, you still give yourself a second chance". That's where the experience comes in. "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant", Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

However, KKR have been the most productive as far as the team with the best spin bowling attack in the 2018 IPL is concerned, with their spinners having bagged a total of 45 wickets. Brathwaite then came in the middle and played a quick-fire knock and took his team out of troubled waters.

The two-time World Cup winning captain added, "And you can't do that without the players and the support staff. Somehow we've been able to push the players into thinking about what's good for the team and keep them on track", Dhoni elaborated.

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