|Indian Premier League closing, Dubai|
|Chennai Tremendous Kings 192-3 (20 overs): Du Plessis 86 (59); Moeen 37no (20); Narine 2-26|
|Kolkata Knight Riders 165-9 (20 overs): Gill 51 (43), Iyer 50 (32); Thakur 3-38, Hazlewood 2-29|
|Chennai Tremendous Kings gained by 27 runs|
Chennai Tremendous Kings have been topped Indian Premier League champions for the fourth time after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs within the closing.
Faf du Plessis hit a terrific 86 off 59 balls and Moeen Ali scored a 20-ball 37 as Chennai posted 192-3 from 20 overs.
Shubman Gill (51 off 43) and Venkatesh Iyer (50 off 32) hit half-centuries earlier than Kolkata collapsed, dropping eight wickets for 34 runs in Dubai.
Captain Eoin Morgan managed simply 4 as Kolkata reached 165-9.
Chennai, led by captain MS Dhoni, add one other trophy to the cupboard, having gained the IPL in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
They’re one behind five-time winners Mumbai Indians and have additionally been runners-up on 5 events.
For 2-time winners KKR, it’s a disappointing finish after an excellent comeback on this 12 months’s competitors.
KKR had been second from backside when the match resumed within the United Arab Emirates final month, after it was suspended in Might due to a surge in coronavirus instances in India.
Match-winner Du Plessis & the race for the orange cap
It was a batting masterclass from Du Plessis, a efficiency which additional raises query marks as to why the 37-year-old was not chosen in South Africa’s Twenty20 World Cup squad.
Du Plessis’s knock included seven fours and three sixes as he showcased a repertoire of photographs, from highly effective blows down the bottom to pleasant timing which discovered the gaps.
Lockie Ferguson endured a torrid time by the hands of Du Plessis, the New Zealand left-arm quick bowler ending with 0-56 from his 4 overs.
Du Plessis and fellow opener Ruturaj Gaikwad shared their very own aspect plot through the Chennai innings.
At the beginning of the match, KL Rahul was the highest run-scorer on this season’s IPL with 626 runs, however each Du Plessis (547 runs) and Gaikwad (603 runs) had been within the reckoning to overhaul the Punjab Kings captain.
Gaikwad’s 32 ogf 27 balls shot him to the highest of the record and he seemed assured to take the coveted orange cap however Du Plessis had different concepts and, off the ultimate ball of the innings, he wanted three runs to dislodge his team-mate.
However Du Plessis was caught within the deep, falling brief however making certain a CSK one-two.
England’s Moeen additionally unleashed some enormous hits, together with three sixes, whereas Robin Uthappa contributed an essential 31 off 15 balls in a dominant CSK batting show.
Iyer & Gill get KKR off to tremendous begin
Within the 2012 closing, KKR chased 191 towards CSK. Within the 2014 closing, they chased 200 towards Kings XI Punjab.
Morgan’s crew wouldn’t go with out a combat and in reply they reached 55-0 after the powerplay – 5 runs forward of the place Chennai had been after six overs.
Iyer is arguably the discover of this season’s IPL and, as soon as once more, the 26-year-old performed fearless cricket..
Drafted in by Kolkata when the match resumed final month, Iyer scored his fourth IPL half-century in simply 10 innings and finishes with 370 runs at a median of 41.11.
At 88-0 after 10 overs, a detailed end was on the playing cards, however Shardul Thakur produced a improbable over to dismiss Iyer after which Nitesh Rana for a golden duck.
Thakur was the standout bowler, taking 3-38 and ending with 21 IPL wickets this 12 months.
Sunil Narine was dismissed for 2, Ravindra Jadeja – one of many most interesting fielders in world cricket – taking his second catch as KKR began to crumble.
Gill, who scored 478 runs this marketing campaign, reached his third half-century of the season, earlier than he was out lbw to Deepak Chahar.
Morgan’s disappointing IPL
The stage was set for Morgan – who got here to the crease together with his crew needing 96 off 51 – to play the kind of innings which has entertained England followers lately.
Whereas his captaincy has been pivotal in KKR’s comeback, Morgan has struggled with the bat and notably because the resumption.
And he might solely watch from the non-striker’s finish as Dinesh Karthik fell for 9, Shakib Al Hasan for a first-ball duck and Rahul Trapathi for 2.
Morgan’s evening got here to an finish courtesy of a shocking catch from Chahar on the boundary.
Chahar needed to fling the ball within the air as his momentum took him over the boundary rope, earlier than leaping again into the sector of play and taking the seize.
What subsequent for Dhoni?
A match which began on 9 April in Chennai, India, lastly involves an finish 190 days later within the UAE.
CSK’s celebrations shall be shorter than typical with a lot of their stars becoming a member of their respective worldwide groups for the T20 World Cup.
Focus is now prone to flip in direction of the way forward for captain Dhoni.
The 40-year-old has led the crew to all of their trophy wins because the competitors launched in 2008.
Amongst his private achievements, Dhoni has performed essentially the most IPL matches by any participant (230) and is eighth within the record of highest run-scorers (4,746).
There are options he could play one final match – or season – in entrance of his dwelling followers in Chennai, whereas others imagine he could finish on a excessive.
Regardless of the end result, his legacy of being considered one of – if not the – most interesting IPL gamers and captains of all time has been firmly cemented.
‘I by no means thought I would win the IPL’ – response
CSK captain MS Dhoni: “We had match winners coming recreation after recreation and doing very well.
“I might like to thank the followers, wherever we have performed, we have at all times had a great variety of CSK followers. Hopefully we’ll be again in Chennai in full stadiums subsequent 12 months.”
CSK and England all-rounder Moeen Ali: “It is wonderful, I am unable to describe it actually. I by no means thought I would win the IPL and to do it with this crew is wonderful.
“MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming are so calm and clear with what they wish to do. It is such a grounded and humble crew to be a part of.”
Participant of the match, CSK opener Faf du Plessis: “That was an ideal day. I’ve beloved my time at CSK.
“Ruturaj Gaikwad is a particular expertise. He is obtained a brilliant, brilliant future forward of him. I’ve a phrase with him, however I do not assume he wants me.”
KKR captain Eoin Morgan: “I am extraordinarily pleased with the combat we confirmed all through the match, particularly the character we confirmed after not getting the beginning we needed.”