Chennai Super Kings were eliminated in the group stage as the first team in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This time Chennai has confirmed the play-off as the first team in this year's IPL. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side rose to the playoffs from the top with 16 points after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets on Thursday.
After losing the toss in Sharjah, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to score only 134 runs for 8 wickets. In reply, Chennai reached the target in 19.4 overs.
Having restricted the Sunrisers to 134/7, the Super Kings started the chase well thanks to their openers, had some nervy moments leading to the close, before Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni sealed the chase with two balls to spare.