Dominant CSK outclass KKR to clinch 4th IPL title
Losing the toss, CSK were sent to bat first. Two inform openers- Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis proved KKR captain Eoin Morgan wrong on a good batting surface in Dubai.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defended the total of 192 runs comfortably against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League 2021 final and won the match by 27 runs to claim their fourth IPL title on Friday (October 15).
KKR were able to score just 165 runs in reply to CSK’s 192-run target and ended as runner-up for the first time in IPL history. They won two finals previously.
Losing the toss, CSK were sent to bat first. Two inform openers- Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis proved KKR captain Eoin Morgan wrong on a good batting surface in Dubai. Both the openers were dominant from the beginning and put on a 61-run partnership on the opening wicket.
Another inform player Sunil Narine got the breakthrough wicket of Gaikwad and broke the partnership. Gaikwad scored 32 runs off 27 balls which was enough to surpass Punjab King’s KL Rahul to be the highest run-scorer in the tournament.
Then, Faf du Plessis carried the momentum ahead and struck two good partnerships with Robin Uthappa (31 off 15 balls) and Moeen Ali (37* off 20 balls). Du Plessis got out in the last ball of CSK’s innings after scoring the match-winning knock of 86 runs off just 59 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. CSK posted a huge total of 192 runs in 20 overs losing just 3 wickets.
Narine was the standout bowler for KKR with 2 wickets. Shivam Mavi took the other wicket.
KKR came out with all guns firing in the chase as another two inform openers- Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer struck boundaries all over the ground with keeping the required run-rate in hand. But KKR lost their momentum in the middle overs when CSK’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament Shardul Thakur got the breakthrough and sent Iyer to the pavilion in the 11th over of the match.
Thakur took another wicket of Nitish Rana (0 off 1 ball) in the same over and took all the momentum for CSK. Iyer scored another half-century in the tournament (50 off 32 balls). After that, Josh Hazlewood and Deepak Chahar took two early wickets of Sunil Narine (2 off 2 balls) and Shubman Gill (51 off 43 balls) and sent KKR to the backfoot in the chase.
Then no batsman was able to play any significant innings for KKR. Everyone failed including Morgan (4 off 8 balls), Dinesh Karthik (9 off 7 balls), Shakib Al Hasan (0 off 1 ball), Rahul Tripathi (2 off 3 balls). Lockie Ferguson (18* off 11 balls) and Mavi (20 off 13 balls) played two cameo innings at the end which just reduced the defeat margin for KKR. They scored 165 runs in 20 overs losing 9 wickets.
Thakur picked up 3 wickets for CSK while Josh Hazlewood and Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets. Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo also took 1 wicket each.
Du Plessis was adjudged man of the match for his blistering 86-run innings.
Chennai Super Kings 192/3 in 20 overs (du Plessis 86, Moeen 37*; Narine 2/26, Mavi 1/32)
Kolkata Knight Riders 165/9 in 20 overs (Gill 51, Iyer 50; Thakur 3/38, Hazlewood 2/29)
Chennai Super Kings won by 27 runs
Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis