The Chennai Super Kings clinched their fourth IPL title overnight after a 27 run victory but the match wasn't without its drama after a rare moment involving the spider cam.
Aussie Josh Hazlewood helped the Kings to their fourth title taking the crucial wickets of Sunil Narine and Eoin Morgan as the Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final in Dubai.
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However, chasing 192, the Kings were off to a brilliant start at 0-79 off nine overs.
Chennai thought they had made the breakthrough when Shubman Gill was caught in the deep.
But the umpires told Gill to wait before walking off the field, which sparked confusion.
The umpires eventually ruled a dead ball as Gill's shot had hit the wire carrying the spider-cam.
The rare incident, which had MS Dhoni shaking his head in disbelief, had fans stunned.
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— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 15, 2021
The spider cam ensured that this match has already gone down to the wire.#IPL2021Final
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 15, 2021
That is madness. Super Kings denied a wicket because the ball hit the Spider Cam.
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) October 15, 2021
Okay, what's the delay about? Did it hit Spider Cam?
— Aditya Saha (@Adityakrsaha) October 15, 2021
Spidercam, spidercam, ruining another T20 game.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) October 15, 2021
That hit the spider cam rope/wire, didn’t it?
— Navneeth Krishna (@navkrish55) October 15, 2021
— Aswin (@aswinatn) October 15, 2021
Fortunately for the Kings, they were able to put a halt to the 91-run opening stand before the wickets started to tumble.
Josh Hazlewood's IPL crown
Hazlewood finished with 2-29 off his four overs.
"It's awesome to be a part of it," the tall strike bowler said. "I have learned heaps.
"We have such a senior team here, especially in the bowling group. Just playing T20 games in a row, hopefully learning throughout and trying to put it all together in the final."
For captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was playing his 300th game as a T20 captain, victory marked a remarkable turnaround after last year's poor season.
"We had match winners coming game after game," Dhoni said.
This was Chennai's ninth final and the veteran added: "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."
KKR had won seven of nine games to reach the final after a poor start to the campaign, and skipper Morgan said he was proud of the fight shown.
"The guys fought incredibly hard and performed. (Venkatesh) Iyer and (Shubman) Gill have been outstanding. They have been the cornerstone of our batting."
Having been put in to bat, Chennai scored 3-192 with Faf du Plessis out on the last ball of the innings for a superb 86. The South African should have been stumped, however, for single figures in the 13th ball of the innings.
There was strong support for du Plessis from Ruturaj Gaikwad, whose 32 made him the tournament's leading run scorer.
Robin Utappa (31 off 15 balls) and Moeen Ali (37 not out off 20 balls), who became the first English player to win an IPL final, also contributed.
Narine, who took 2-26 from four overs, was again the pick of the bowlers.
Needing nearly 10 per over, Kolkata began well with a 91-run opening stand. They rode their luck with Iyer dropped before he had scored by MS Dhoni off Hazlewood's third ball. Gill also escaped, from a sharp chance off Hazlewood's seventh ball.
The breakthrough was made by Shardul Thakur, Ravi Jadeja taking a fine catch to dismiss Iyer for a 32-ball 50. Nitesh Rana and Narine perished quickly and when Gill was lbw to Deepak Chadar for 51, off 43 balls, KKR were in trouble.
The middle-order continued to collapse and at 8-125 it was all over. Shivam Mavi (20) and Lockie Ferguson (17 not out) thrashed some late runs to take KKR to 9-165, but Chennai fans were already celebrating.
Hazelwood will remain in the United Arab Emirates for the T20 World Cup.
"I've a little bit of downtime over the next week, then jump straight into the World Cup.
"It's been perfect preparation really, to take wickets and play on this ground against high-quality opposition, so I am looking forward to it."
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