Chennai Super Kings win fourth IPL title: What a season for Chennai! They have bounced back brilliantly from the disappointment of 2020 and added yet another trophy to their cabinet. After losing the toss, it was important for Chennai to start well. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis did the job and then the latter extended his stay in the middle.
The in-form Faf du Plessis hit a magnificent 86 off 59 balls, laced with seven fours and three sixes, to help CSK post 192 for 3 after they were invited to bat. Chasing an imposing target of 193, KKR could manage 165 for 9 in their 20 overs with Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer hitting 51 and 50 respectively. From 91 for no loss in the 11th over, KKR slumped to 125 for 8 in the 17th over in a dramatic batting collapse to lose the final. For CSK, Shardul Thakur took three wickets while Ravindra Jadeja and Josh Hazlewood got two each.
Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali showed the right intent to never let the tempo down and Chennai managed a big total on the board. Their bowling was below-par at the start and MS Dhoni dropping Venkatesh Iyer for a nought cost them in the first half. But it was always a matter of one breakthrough and as soon as that arrived, Chennai forced a collapse. From the wreckage to recovery, in a nutshell, that was the story with the ball for Chennai as all their bowlers struck the right chords in the second half. Shardul Thakur brought the first two wickets and the rest chipped in as well to run away with the trophy.
Faf du Plessis is the Man of the Match! The South African says that he is really grateful and is feeling proud of what they have achieved this season. Shares that it was a great day and it was his 100th game in the Indian T20 League which makes it even more special. Adds that he has loved his time with Chennai and it’s a great place to play cricket. Tells us that number 4 in the trophy cabinet is really good. On Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf replies that he is a special talent and Indian cricket is blessed to have him. Further says that Gaikwad has got a great head on his shoulders, he is humble and has a super bright future.