The Chennai Super Kings lifted their fourth IPL trophy as they beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs. The ninth time finalists thus achieved victory in thumping style as they outperformed the Knights in all the departments. Hence, the Yellow Army are now just one short of Mumbai Indians’ five title win record in IPL history.
As it Happened
The coin landed in Eoin Morgan’s favor in the all important final as he invited CSK to bat first. Thus Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad came out to open for Chennai and started playing shots like they usually do. The opening pair then put up 61 runs in the first 8 overs itself, after which Sunil Narine struck to remove the Orange Cap holder. Robin Uthappa performed the onslaught after that putting on quick runs.
Uthappa made 31 runs in just 15 balls for their quickfire 63-run stand before he too got out to Narine. Moeen Ali then continued with du Plessis after he reached his 22nd fifty on his 100th IPL appearance. Moeen and du Plessis put on the third consecutive half-century stand for CSK ads they put on a huge total of 192 on the board.
The Knight Riders had a wonderful start with Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill. Although of a couple of initial quiet overs, the Knights openers sprung back to hit the Chennai bowlers. As Gill held on to one end, Iyer meanwhile hit the big shots as the run rate was steady and the chase was going on well under control. However things started getting out of hand as Iyer and Gill put up their half centuries.
The Kolkata side went on to lose consecutive wickets after the halfway stage as the scoreboard pressure got to them. No middle order batsman was then able to reach the double figure mark as the batsman crumbled to the Chennai bowling attack. Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson hit some boundaries at the end, but the match was long gone as they fell short by 27 runs.
Chennai Super Kings 192/3 ( Faf du Plessis 86 (59), Moeen Ali 37 (20), Sunil Narine 2-26 (4) ) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165/9 ( Shubman Gill 51 (43), Venkatesh Iyer 50 (32), Shardul Thakur 3-38 (4) by 27 runs.
Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis 86 (59)