Sport

Brathwaite strikes, but Bravo's CSK reach IPL final

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


MUMBAI, India (CMC) — Carlos Brathwaite struck his Indian Premier League (IPL) career-best score, but it was not enough to prevent table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad from going down by two wickets to Dwayne Bravo's Chennai Super Kings in the first play-off game here yesterday.

Sent in at Wankhede Stadium, Sunrisers were on the ropes at 88 for six in the 15th over before Brathwaite produced a sterling unbeaten 43 from 29 balls to lift the innings up to 139 for seven off their 20 overs.

The West Indies Twenty20 captain, in only his second match of the season, struck one four and four sixes, as he dominated a 51-run seventh wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7).

Brathwaite began slowly, gathering just seven runs from his first 15 deliveries before teeing off with two consecutive sixes off seamer Shardul Thakur at the start of the 18th over, which eventually leaked 17 runs.

The Barbadian once again got stuck into Thakur in the final over, lashing two sixes and a four as 20 runs came from the last six balls of the innings.

Captain Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan had earlier both scored 24, but medium pacer Bravo snatched two for 25 from his four overs to help CSK made inroads.

In reply, CSK found themselves reeling at 62 for six in the 13th over before South Africa's Faf du Plessis stroked a match-winning unbeaten 67 from 42 balls to put his side into next Sunday's final with five balls to spare.

He added 30 for the seventh with Deepak Chahar (10) and a further crucial 27 for the ninth wicket with Thankur (15 not out).

The contest was still in the balance at the start of the 18th over with CSK requiring 43 from 18 balls for victory, but seamer Brathwaite conceded 20 runs from his third over to simplify the equation for CSK.

Seventeen runs then gushed from the next over, leaving CSK with a mere six to get from the final over.

Bravo had earlier fallen cheaply in the 12th over, edging a long hop from Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to slip for seven.

Brathwaite finished wicket-less from his three overs which cost 31 runs.

Sunrisers will have a second chance to reach the final when they face the winner of Wednesday's second playoff match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier tomorrow.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT