Kane Williamson becomes leading run-scorer in IPL 2018

Seventh heaven Chennai Super Kings clinch a thriller against Sunrisers to reach IPL 2018 final

Both Chennai and Hyderabad finished the league stage on 18 points, but the Kane Williamson-led side got their neck ahead to the No.1 spot with a superior net run-rate and Tuesday's victor will be guaranteed a place in the final at the same venue while the loser gets a second chance in the second qualifier in Kolkata on May 25.

Brathwaite to bowl his 3. du Plessis gets down on one knee and lifts the 2 ball over extra cover for a FOUR.

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.

Experience is worth its weight in gold and that's where Faf du Plessis made the difference with a match-winning knock to guide CSK to their seventh IPL final on Tuesday. "It's about constantly improving".

"Good to win games like this".

"Right from the first game we've used different bowlers in different ways to find out who is the best bowler at the end..." He found able support in Shardul Thakur (15*) and the duo took CSK to their seventh IPL final.

Paceman Dwayne Bravo set up the win with impressive bowling figures of two for 25 to restrict Hyderabad to 139-7.

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MS Dhoni failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan while Dwayne Bravo was done in by extra bounce edging one to Shikhar Dhawan at slips.

Chennai's task seemed relatively simple but the Sunrisers bowlers had consistently defended low totals throughout the tournament and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had the returning Shane Watson caught behind in the first over of the Super Kings' chase. Captain Kane Williamson (24) and Yusuf Pathan (24) were the other notable contributors with the bat.

Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson, lone foreigner to lead an IPL team this season, hit four crisp boundaries in his 24 but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

"It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more (runs)", said Williamson. They bowled very well, and there was a bit in it for the fast bowlers.

Dhawan, the second-highest scorer for Hyderabad with 437 runs, was played on off Deepak Chahar of the first delivery of the match.

Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Royals in the eliminator on Wednesday in Kolkata.

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