Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa played important knocks before MS Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings book a spot in the IPL final for the ninth time.
Chennai Super Kings advanced to its ninth IPL final with two balls to spare, beating Delhi Capitals by four wickets in the playoffs. (Text: AP)
Delhi Capitals had posted a decent score, thanks to opener Prithvi Shaw hitting a brisk 60 off 34 balls and middle-order batters Hetmyer and captain Rishabh Pant who shared an 83-run partnership off 50 balls for the fifth wicket. (Image: AP)
Chasing a target of 173, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's quickfire 18 guided the three-time champion, Chennai Super Kings, to a dramatic last-over victory. (Text: AP)
Earlier, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (70) and Robin Uthappa (63) put Chennai's chase on the right course with a dominating 110-run second-wicket stand. Gaikwad, who is only the second batter to score over 600 runs this season, hit five fours and two sixes but Axar Patel took a brilliant low catch in the deep which left Chennai needing 24 off the last 11 balls. (Text: AP)
However, Pant took a chance with Curran in the last over instead of experienced Kagiso Rabada but Dhoni smacked the Englishman for three fours to finish off the game. (Image: Twitter| text: AP)
Delhi will get another opportunity on Wednesday to qualify for Friday’s final when it takes on the winner of Monday’s match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. (Image: PTI | text: AP)