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Du Plessis stars as Chennai down Kolkata to win fourth IPL…

Dubai: Faf du Plessis smashed an attacking half-century to assist Chennai Tremendous Kings thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs and clinch their fourth Indian Premier League title on Friday.

Du Plessis’ 86 off 59 balls guided Chennai to 192-3, a complete their bowlers defended by limiting Kolkata to 165-9 within the ultimate in Dubai.

 

Opener Venkatesh Iyer hit a 32-ball 50 however the knock was not sufficient to cease Chennai’s M.S. Dhoni from a landmark win in his three hundredth match as T20 skipper.

“We had match winners coming game after game and doing really well,” stated Dhoni who additionally praised Kolkata for reviving their fortunes within the match’s second leg.

“Every final is special, if you look at the 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.”

 

Chennai, winners in 2010, 2011 and 2018, stay some of the profitable IPL franchises after five-time champions Mumbai Indians who didn’t defend their title this season.

Shardul Thakur took three wickets together with twin strikes in a single over to harm two-time champions Kolkata who got here into the ultimate on the again of 4 successive wins.

Spinner Ravindra Jadeja and tempo bowler Josh Hazlewood took two wickets every.

Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata gained the toss and elected to subject however their bowlers didn’t get a wicket till the ninth over and took a hammering in Dubai.

 

 

– Rising Gaikwad –

 

Ruturaj Gaikwad fell for 32 off spinner Sunil Narine however Du Plessis stored up the cost to lift his fifty with a six amid raucous assist for Chennai at an almost packed stadium.

The South African veteran smashed seven fours and three sixes and placed on key partnerships with Robin Uthappa, who made 31, and Moeen Ali, who hit an unbeaten 37 off 20 balls.

“That was a great day. It was also my 100th game in the IPL,” stated man of the match Du Plessis who scored 600 runs this season.

“I have loved my time here. I have done almost ten years here – two seasons were a bit of a break. Number four in the trophy cabinet is really good.”

 

Du Plessis was all reward for his opening companion Gaikwad who topped the season’s batting chart with 635 runs and named rising participant of the match.

Du Plessis was out on the ultimate ball off tempo bowler Shivam Mavi. Narine was Kolkata’s greatest bowler with figures of 2-26.

Kolkata began strongly with Iyer and Shubman Gill, who made 51, placing on a quickfire opening stand of 91.

However Chennai hit again with Thakur’s twin strikes in a single over together with Iyer’s key wicket as wheels got here off the Kolkata chase.

“We are extremely proud of the fight we have shown. The character and fight is trademark,” Morgan stated of his aspect that bounced again from a seventh place within the first leg to storm into the playoffs after which the ultimate.

 

The match was halted halfway on account of a surging pandemic in India in could and resumed within the United Arab Emirates final month.

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