Kane Williamson praises SRH bowlers after two-wicket loss to CSK

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Opening batsman Faf de Plessis smashed an unbeaten half century to anchor the Super Kings to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first qualifier. He fell awkwardly on his hip and it has been quite bruised. "Sam Billings has played a little bit, played the extra bowler in a couple of games but in Faf, CSK went for experience and boy did he play well", Smith said.

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. "Faf played a lovely knock, and credit to the way they scrapped it".

The South Africa captain grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Bravo has played a key role in CSK's success this season with the all-round performance and on Tuesday became the leading wicket-taker for the side. Today was one of those, it seems.

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"Our bowling combination is the best we have, and from the beginning I've been using different players at different stages to test them". The in-form Ambati Rayudu was cleaned up by a flawless yorker the very next ball, and four overs later MS Dhoni was castled by a Rashid Khan googly.

"He (Ngidi) has provided a spearhead for MS and it's improved the first six overs". It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more.

The glorious uncertainties of the game manifested as du Plessis took on Carlos Brathwaite in the 18th over, hammering three fours and a six, and then finishing it off with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "If atmosphere is not great, it becomes hard to perform", he added. 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.

Fleming admitted that slow over rate has been a problem this IPL and blamed the hot and humid weather for teams taking too much time to get things moving.

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Wary of the dew factor later in the evening, Dhoni had earlier opted to field against 2016 champions Hyderabad and paceman Deepak Chahar gave Chennai a flawless start by dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for a first ball duck.

However, opener Faf du Plessis dug deep in the innings, scoring a composed 42 ball-67 to help CSK chase down the 140 run target.

From praising Captain Cool MS Dhoni to cracking (mostly harmless) jokes on other IPL teams' expense, Twitterati went all out after the epic match.

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