Chennai Super Kings paint the town ‘YELLOW’ in great fashion. The team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in an exciting final to become the champions of the IPL season 14. This is CSK's fourth IPL trophy, and they are just one behind Mumbai Indians who lead the tally with 5 titles.
About his team's performance, Dhoni said that they shuffled players around after the first half and that paid for them. "Coming to CSK, we shuffled players. We had match winners coming game after game and doing really well. Every final is special, if you look at stats, we may say we're the most consistent team to lose the final too. I feel it's important to come back strong, especially in the knockouts," Dhoni added.
Ambati Rayudu crunched Avesh Khan for boundaries through backward point and extra cover in the 12th over as he and MS Dhoni started to rebuild Chennai's innings. Rayudu brought up Chennai's hundred in the 17th over with a full toss from Kagiso Rabada slammed down the ground.
Despite the two dismissals, Gaikwad and Moeen Ali struck boundaries and rotated strike to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ali hit a four and a six off Mayank Markande in the 13th over to get going. Gaikwad brought up his half-century in 43 balls, his second of the UAE leg of the tournament.
KKR got off to a bad start, consolidated in the first 10 overs, lost some momentum between overs 14-16, and then finished with a flourish as they kept alive their hopes of using the slow track to their benefit.
Fleming praised opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, whose unbeaten 88 off 58 deliveries, powered the Chennai franchise to 156/6 in 20 overs after being 24/4 in the first six overs.
The most awaited IPL 2021 will be resumed with Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the two most successful teams.
Chennai Super Kings will be back in action when the UAE leg of the IPL resumes on September 19 against Mumbai Indians in Dubai.
The tournament once again is set to be conducted closed doors at least for the starting of the remaining 31 matches in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Dhoni will lead the franchise in the remainder of IPL 2020 matches in the United Arab Emirates in September-October. While his performance with the bat in the first half of the tournament, before it was suspended due to the emergence of COVID-19 cases in the bio-bubble, was ordinary, his leadership has kept the team together. CSK is in second position with five wins in seven matches.
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