The final match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was thrilling as the two teams battled to become the league’s champion. However, Chennai Super Kings did not give Kolkata any chance as they were determined to win their fourth Indian Premier League title, which they did. Mahendra Singh Dhoni did his best in ensuring that the Chennai Super Kings took home the fourth IPL trophy. The match took place in Dubai at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday 15th October. Chennai Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs.
Chennai Super Kings were determined to win the tournament after they missed the playoffs last year. They decided to make a historical comeback and prove to the world that they were the champions in the most popular league. MS Dhoni led his team with much experience as they batted first to set a target of 192 for 3. This pushed the Kolkata Knight Riders to the corner and they could only manage to score 165 for 9. The Knights had a promising opening partnership of 91 runs before they fell apart. Shubman Gill made 51 off 43 balls, while Venkatesh Iyer made 50 off 32 balls. However, MS Dhoni was pretty crafty in his captaincy, and his bowling changes converted KKR from 91 for no loss to 125 for 8.
Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood, and Shardul Thakur got regular wickets with bowling figures of 2/37 in 4 overs, 2/29 in 4 overs, and 3/38 in 4 overs, respectively. In addition, Dwayne Bravo had figures of 1/29 in his 4 overs. He conceded only 8 runs in his first 2 overs with 5 dots, and this was a game-changer for the Chennai Super Kings.
Bravo and Dhoni already had the perfect plan of how the game should go down, so they did not waste any time exchanging many words during the game.
The two teams have played a total of 26 matches where Chennai Super Kings had won 17 and Kolkata knight Riders had won 8. There was only one match that had no result. Chennai Super Kings have recorded their highest score of 220 against Kolkata Knight Riders, while the Riders’ highest score was 202. CSK’s lowest score against KKR was 114, while that of KKR was 108.
Chennai Super Kings plans to focus on building a squad that will take the team through the Indian Premier League for the next ten years. MS Dhoni shed light on some of the players who will maintain their positions as they plan to use the next IPL auction to help the process.
Kolkata Knight Riders became the runners-up of the Indian Premier League 2021 after losing to the Chennai Super Kings.
There were significant improvements in this year’s league as the teams pulled up their socks, and even those who were way below on the points table caused a few upsets. As the Indian Premier League 2021 ends, it is without a doubt that the next season will be a tough one to win. With two more teams to be added to the fray, the competition will be much more intense. The winners may want to maintain their position, so it might be challenging because the other teams are also keen to get their hands on the trophy.