IPL 2018 | MS Dhoni credits Chennai team spirit for success


The Afghan spinner went on to concede just 11 runs from his four overs.

Fleming described his team's performance as just about good. Plus, they have a mystery bowler.

"It's nice to make a contribution, especially after you haven't played much". Yesterday, I was just reflecting on my past games, and took some confidence from that mentally.

Three-time trophy holders Mumbai Indians, who bowed out in the league stage, have been involved in four title clashes since the popular league started in 2008. Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket. Our plan was to get through him.

But CSK captain MS Dhoni backed Du Plessis for the Qualifier 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and the South African used all his experience to pull off a senstional chase and take CSK to the IPL 2018 Final.

Carlos Brathwaite came into this match at a hard stage (69/5) and Hyderabad's innings was going nowhere.

"The game obviously has its ups and downs and turns but we have had a season where we have won from unwinnable positions. We watch a lot of footage, but he's still so hard to pick", du Plessis said in a separate interview with Star Sports.

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The mood in the CSK camp was seemingly grim when they were reeling at 62 for 6 in the 13th over of the chase, still needing 78 runs in 45 balls. But du Plesis hit Carlos Brathwaite for 22 runs in the 18th over to leave them to get 23 runs in last two overs.

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"Haven't spoken to MSD yet, but what I can tell you, is having joined back at CSK and played with him for Rising Pune Supergiant last time, you can really say he wants it this time".

While the likes of 37-year-old Harbhajan Singh and Shane Watson, a year his junior, had forgettable outings, du Plessis' blistering counter-attack more than made up for their failures. "Great to have that camaraderie in the ground", he said. Chennai's been to 7-8 finals, so the experience of big games, MS understands what to ask of the players. "But saying that, there are a number of other areas that we would like to touch on going into our next game". "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant", Dhoni said.

"We have been a very good team over the past ten seasons, but it's more about the dressing-room atmosphere".

In one of the most telling images of this IPL - one that will be etched in the minds of ardent CSK supporters - du Plessis holds a shoe that was hurled at the Chennai players at the Chepauk Stadium on 10 April during the Cauvery river protests.