Faf was the eighth CSK player to win a Man-of-the-Match award this season, three more than any other team. However, it was Faf du Plessis who held his nerves and won it for CSK with partners changing at the other end.
Chennai's progression to Sunday's final in Mumbai is even more impressive considering they were suspended for two seasons following an illegal betting controversy before returning for the 11th edition of the tournament.
"Faf's innings is where experience counts", the former India captain said. You have to keep shuffling to know who can do what for you, and at what time. One over was done and du Plessis hadn't faced a ball yet.
Siddharth Kaul (2-32) dismissed Suresh Raina (22) and Ambati Rayudu in successive deliveries to force Chennai onto the back foot in the fourth over.
"We certainly back our death bowlers in that position".
Dhoni used du Plessis' knock to underline the team mantra.
"He (Ngidi) has provided a spearhead for MS and it's improved the first six overs".
Bravo had earlier fallen cheaply in the 12th over, edging a long hop from Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to slip for seven.
Harbhajan Singh could only manage two runs off nine balls before being run out. Rashid proceeded to have Dwayne Bravo nicking behind with a sharp legbreak.
Du Plessis not only exhibited his power-hitting skills, but also portrayed his well-learnt knack of playing with the tail.
Hyderabad bowlers started well with dismantling the in-form Chennai batting. By then, du Plessis had moved to 38 off 31 balls.
Du Plessis hit the winning runs with a Dhoni-esque six, hitting one straight over Bhuvneshwar Kumar's heads in the first over of the final over. Thakur hit four off the last ball to make it six off six balls.
Jadeja bowled just 24 balls in CSK's first four games put together.
It wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that Chennai supporters were readying themselves for the second qualifier on Friday at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.
Chasing a modest total, Chennai lost their first wicket on the fifth ball of the first over.
After losing their openers quickly, skipper Kane Williamson made a 15-ball 24 to lead this season´s IPL batting chart with 685 runs before walking back to the dugout. The South African captain also batted well with the tail to take Chennai to record seventh T20 league final. It's not easy when you don't play a lot of games but I always say you need to train your mind as well. You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant, ' Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.