Chasing 148 for victory, Chennai rode on a 81-run opening stand between Du Plessis and Watson to reach their goal with an over to spare in the second one qualifier in Visakhapatnam.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led aspect arrange a identify conflict with Mumbai Indians, who beat Chennai within the first qualifier previous this week.
The 2 groups battle for supremacy on Sunday in Hyderabad with 3 titles each and every on this planet’s hottest Twenty20 event that began in 2008.
Each Du Plessis, who made 50 off 39 balls, and Watson, who additionally smashed 50, began cautiously however took the assault to the opposition bowlers with some blank hitting.
“The best way Faf were given going, I may take my time entering rhythm…I may take a pair extra balls to seek out my toes,” Watson, 37, mentioned after his staff’s 100th IPL win.
“There is massive positives about age and revel in, and that’s the reason the best way CSK has performed, from the highest with MS (Dhoni) and Stephen Fleming (trainer).
“We all know what to do in several eventualities, now we have made essentially the most of our revel in,” Watson mentioned of his staff that has been labelled as ‘Dad’s Military’ for having somewhat a couple of 35 plus gamers together with their 37-year-old skipper.
The South African captain registered his 12th IPL fifty with the assistance of seven fours and one six however quickly fell to New Zealand paceman Trent Boult.
Watson were given to his half-century with a six off Keemo Paul ahead of leg-spinner Amit Mishra ended the Aussie batsman’s 32-ball knock.
The 2 openers even though had been enthusiastic about massive mix-up within the first over once they had been caught in the course of the pitch handiest to witness the Delhi fielders pass over working them out on each the ends.
“I reckon I nearly ran 3 there (the early run-out likelihood). I’ve to chuckle at myself as it was once horrible working,” mentioned Du Plessis, who was once named guy of the fit.
Chennai bowlers led through West Indian paceman Dwayne Bravo arrange victory after limiting Delhi to 147 for 9. Bravo returned spectacular figures of 2-19 from his 4 overs.
He was once ably supported through fellow fast Deepak Chahar, spinners Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja who all claimed two wickets each and every.
India’s Global Cup discard Rishabh Pant top-scored for Delhi with 38 off 25 deliveries.