IPL 2021 final: CSK players celebrate with the IPL trophy after victory against KKR in Dubai.© BCCI / IPL
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) secure their fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title in style as they claimed a 27-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL 2021 final Friday in Dubai. The chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly, together with the secretary of the board, Jay Shah, handed over the trophy to MS Dhoni, CSK captain, while the triumphant players began their celebrations. Dhoni soon handed the trophy to his CSK teammates when the entire contingent erupted in jubilation. The children are also with their children at the trophy celebration.
It was the fourth opportunity that Dhoni bagged the IPL trophy and with the final win, CSK ranks second to only Mumbai Indians (MI) in the list of most IPLs won.
During the match, CSK seemed in total control after being asked to bat first at Dubai International Stadium. Openers Faf fu Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave CSK a perfect platform to build on as both players took matters into their own hands in the form of the first overs.
CSK ran smoothly and placed a challenging 192/3 in 20 overs.
The only worrying time for CSK captain Dhoni took place during a solid opening partnership between KKR starting batsmen Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill.
Despite the fact that wickets were at their disposal, KKR could not go full steam ahead in the middle and last overs, as CSK bowlers scored the ball with some intelligent bowling.
KKR batsmen could only score 165/9 in response, as they lost their first IPL final in three matches.