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MS Dhoni all praise for ‘experienced’ Faf du Plessis after reaching IPL 2018 final

Faf du Plessis pulled off a ‘Houdini Act’ to guide Chennai Super Kings to their seventh Indian Premier League (IPL) final with a two-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday

cricket Updated: May 22, 2018 23:30 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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Faf du Plessis played a brilliant innings to guide Chennai Super Kings to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 final.(AP)

Experience is worth its weight in gold and that’s where Faf du Plessis made the difference with a match-winning knock to guide Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their seventh Indian Premier league (IPL) final in Mumbai on Tuesday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Du Plessis’ 67 off 42 balls enabled CSK to chase down a tricky target of 140 in 19.1 overs after being down at 92 for 7. (SCORECARD)

“Faf’s innings, is where experience counts. 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. 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.

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Dhoni said that one good thing was that they would have had a second chance even if they would have lost.

“I am always happy when we win. Being in the top two gives us that liberty to have one more game,” Dhoni says.

“If we would have lost, you still give yourself a second chance. They bowled very well, and there was a bit in it for the fast bowlers. Bhuvi bowled well, backed up well by Rashid. We kept losing wickets, and so we had to push ourselves. Losing three-four wickets in the middle always puts you on pressure. Plus, they have a mystery bowler (Rashid).”

First Published: May 22, 2018 23:30 IST