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Chennai Super Kings opt to bowl against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Chennai Super Kings opt to bowl against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their second IPL final but for their new captain Kane Williamson, it will be his first.

Interestingly, this incident reminded one of the 2011 World Cup final at this very venue - the Wankhede Stadium - where there was confusion on who had won the toss - India or Sri Lanka. "Best of luck for the final!". Thanks to his heroics with both bat and ball, the man has been receiving overwhelming accolades from all across the globe, including a special tweet from Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu.

Brathwaite provided a blueprint for it in the Qualifier, and took the initiative in the death overs when Dhoni chose to finish Dwayne Bravo's quota before the death overs.

Rashid then came back an over later to dismiss risky Andre Russell as the West Indian edged a googly straight to Shikhar Dhawan at the lone slip as KKR slipped to 118 for six.

# 4.5 Overs: Knuckle ball by Chahar and Williamson missed it completely. DOT! Shardul has bowled 23 deliveries to Williamson off which he has conceded just 29 runs. Sunrisers are one from one in finals, having beaten RCB by eight runs in a run-fest in 2016 under the stewardship of David Warner. MSDhoni has set good fields.




Hyderabad made two changes, bringing in Sandeep Sharma and Shreevats Goswami for K. Khaleel Ahmed and Wriddhiman Saha. Have they regained the momentum which suffered a dip towards the end stages or will their bogey against Chennai Super Kings continue? Against SRH in the three games, Rayudu has two great games (scoring 179 runs in two games before getting out for a duck in the qualifier), Watson and Raina have a fifty to their names each, Dhoni has played a couple of good cameos and Faf du Plessis played one of the innings of this season. In the previous game between the two sides at the Wankhede, Rashid nearly made the difference.

For a moment Sanjay Manjrekar - the television commentator - got confused about who had actually won the toss in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL)!

CSK came in with bruised ego and have battered opponents into submission in their ruthless march to the final, their seventh in nine editions.

SRH are the only side to defend totals less than 150 thrice, while CSK are the only side to chase down 180+ targets thrice. The victor will join Mumbai Indians who became the first team to have won the title three times.

Sunrisers had to travel to Kolkata to book their final berth after knocking out two-time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in Qualifier 2 last night. In Friday's knock-out game, the Afghanistan leg-spinner scored 34 not out off 10 balls, took three wickets and two catches, and effected a run-out, single-handedly silencing the Eden Gardens crowd.


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