Despite tough 2-wicket loss, Sunrisers captain Williamson backs 'outstanding' bowlers

The delivery which looked like knuckle ball slipped out of Chahar's palm and went over Shakib-Al-Hasan's head

As Chennai Super Kings stormed into the Indian Premier League (IPL) final for the seventh time on Tuesday after a nail-biting two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the dressing room atmosphere for his team's success over the years.

CSK lost opener Shane Watson before they could get a run on the board.

In-form Suresh Raina was playing beautifully, hitting four well-timed boundaries on his way to 22 off 13 balls.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is one of the vital cogs in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) line-up. Shardul too came to the party with two consecutive boundaries, thanks to lucky inside edges and a last-ball boundary to take 17 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Kaul.

Du Plessis, who opened the batting, had watched the CSK innings collapse at the other end. "They will have to step up in the final", he added.

Du Plessis waged a lone war as wickets fell in a heap at the other end with Sandeep Sharma getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.

"It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more (runs)", said Williamson.

"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".

Chasing a modest target of 140, CSK were down in dumps at 92/7 before du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

"Yeah, certainly we backed Carlos (Brathwaite) with his death bowling".

He conceded that the team fell short by 15-20 runs with the bat. He hit the first two balls of the 18th into the stands at midwicket, at the start of the final over, he got stuck into Shardul Thakur once again, hitting two sixes and a four to help his team finish on a high.

However, it wasn't the best of welcomes as CSK faced an unlikely resistance in their home ground and were forced to shift their home venue from Chennai to Pune due to security concerns. The left-arm spinner generally darted the ball, had an excellent grouping on ball pitch, and seldom gave batsmen any room or length for them to swing their willow.

Acknowledging the bowler's devastating spell du Plessis also admitted that the key to his success on Tuesday was to see off Rashid. The Afghanistan spinner kept the batsmen guessing with his mixture of leg-breaks and googlies and returned figures of 4-0-11-2.

For Chennai, Dwayne Bravo scalped two wickets. The 19-year old's spell contained 14 dot balls.

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

File image of Faf du Plessis holding a shoe that was hurled as a protest at the Chepauk Stadium, Chennai.

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