VISAKHAPATNAM – Gritty fifties from Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson helped Chennai Super Kings outplay Delhi Capitals by six wickets on Friday to enter their record eighth Indian Premier League final.
Chasing 148 for victory, Chennai rode on an 81-run opening stand between Du Plessis and Watson to achieve their target with an over to spare in the second qualifier in Visakhapatnam.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side set up a title clash with Mumbai Indians, who beat Chennai in the first qualifier earlier this week.
The two teams fight for supremacy on Sunday in Hyderabad with three titles each in the world’s most popular Twenty20 tournament that started in 2008.
Both Du Plessis, who made 50 off 39 balls, and Watson, who also smashed 50, started cautiously, but took the attack to the opposition bowlers with some clean hitting.