Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders are locking horns in the final of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Dubai. CSK are playing in their ninth final and have a fourth title in sight. On the other hand, this is KKR’s third IPL final and they are eyeing a third IPL title.
Eoin Morgan won the toss and kept the trend going as he decided to bowl first. Both teams fielded an unchanged playing XI for the summit clash.
Batting first, CSK scored 192/3 in 20 overs riding on Faf du Plessis’ splendid knock.
In response, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer gave KKR a good start. MS Dhoni dropped a straightforward catch of Iyer when he was on 0. Both openers played beautifully inside the powerplay and hit regular boundaries as KKR scored 55 runs for no wicket in the first six overs.
Shubam Gill was looking solid in the middle. He tried to take on Ravindra Jadeja and the bail skied before Ambati Rayudu settled under a grabbed a good catch. When Gill walking back to the pavilion, the umpires asked him to stop. Everyone thought it was a no-ball check but the ball had hit the Spidercam’s wire. Hence, it was called a dead ball and Gill got a lucky reprieve.
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Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis took CSK off to a good start. Gaikwad needed to score 24 runs to claim the orange cap and he did it inside the powerplay. The duo notched up the 50-run partnership in the powerplay as CSK scored 50/0 in six overs. Gaikwad got out after scoring 32 runs and Robin Uthappa walked out to bat at 3.
He started cutting loose as soon as he came out. Uthappa smashed three sixes in his innings of 31 runs before getting out to Sunil Narine. Meanwhile, Du Plessis scored yet another fifty in the IPL 2021. He found a good partner in Moeen Ali. Both batsmen tore the KKR bowling lineup apart and scored 68 runs in less than 7 overs.
Du Plessis was close to leapfrogging Gaikwad in the orange cap’s list but he got out on the last ball when he needed 2 runs to tie with his opening partner at 635 runs. Du Plessis scored 86 runs in 59 balls where he hit seven fours and three sixes. Moeen Ali remained not out on 37 in 20 balls, which featured two fours and three sixes.