IPL 2021 Final, CSK vs KKR Highlights: Shardul Thakur, Faf Du Plessis Star As Chennai Super Kings Beat Kolkata Knight Riders By 27 Runs To Win Title

CSK vs KKR IPL: Shardul Thakur celebrates a wicket in the summit clash on Friday.© BCCI/IPL




Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the IPL 2021 final to win their fourth title. KKR were off to a great start in their high pressure chase as openers Venkatesh Iyer (50) and Shubman Gill (51) put on 91 for the first wicket but Shardul Thakur picked up two wickets in an over to bring CSK back in the match. From then on it was one way traffic as all KKR batters perished one after another in their pursuit of the big target of 193 runs. Thakur finished with 3 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja and Josh Hazlewood finished with two apiece. Earlier, Chennai posted 192 for three in 20 overs with Faf du Plessis smashing 86 off 59 balls. Moeen Ali played a fine cameo, remaining unbeaten on 37 off 20 balls as KKR bowlers were hit to all parts of the park. Sunil Narine was the standout among KKR bowlers, taking two wickets for 26 runs off his four overs. Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad had shared a 61-run opening partnership to give CSK a solid start. Faf du Plessis went on to slam a 35-ball half-century to put CSK on top while his partner Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 32 off 27 balls before being dismissed. Robin Uthappa walked into the middle and hit some big shots to keep the run-rate up. He was dismissed for 31 off 15 balls by Sunil Narine. KKR captain Eoin Morgan had opted to bowl after winning the toss. (SCORECARD)

IPL 2021 Highlights Between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), straight from Dubai International Stadium, Dubai


  • 00:30 (IST)

    Every final is special: MS Dhoni

    During the post-match presentation, MS Dhoni said, “Before I start talking about CSK, it’s important I talk about KKR. For the position they were in after the first phase, to perform this well, it’s very difficult. If any team deserved to win the IPL this year, it is KKR for the way they have played. I think the break helped them. Yes we are most consistent team looking at the stats but we have also lost finals. Not letting the opposition in is something we conciously wanted to improve. I hope CSK in the coming years will be known for that. We don’t really talk a lot. It’s more one on one. People are more open that way. The moment you talk in a team room there is a bit of pressure. You can’t deliver without a good team. We also have great individuals as well. I would love to thank the fans. We are in Dubai now.”

  • 00:05 (IST)

    Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis

    Faf du Plessis receives the Man of the Match award. He smashed a knock of 86 in 59 balls for CSK and was simply magnificent tonight!

  • 23:53 (IST)

    Orange Cap and Purple Cap winners

    Ruturaj Gaikwad has won the Orange Cap with 635 runs in 16 games. He was almost overtaken by Faf du Plessis tonight, who finishes the season with 633 off 16 games.

    The Purple Cap goes to RCB’s Harshal Patel, who has registered 32 wickets in 15 games.

  • 23:48 (IST)

    Needed just that one wicket and we capitalised: Deepak Chahar

    Deepak Chahar took wicket in the final and ended IPL 2021 on a high! After the game, the pacer said, “Eventful tournament, this was my fourth final, glad we won. There was dew, but in a big game, we had the experience. We needed just that one wicket and we capitalised. No point talking about the previous season, but everyone had the belief to turn it around.”

  • 23:46 (IST)

    Feel on top of the moon: Ruturaj Gaikwad

    Ruturaj Gaikwad played a knock of 32 in 27 balls tonight as CSK won the IPL 2021 final. The youngster has also won the Orange Cap with 635 runs in 16 games.

    After the game, he said, “Feel on top of the moon to get the orange cap and have the winners trophy. Hard to describe in words, but amazing to win here after the season we had last year. I was part of the previous season where we didn’t qualify, coming here, everyone had the belief, thankfully it happened here and I’m really happy. I didn’t try to change [my game], when you’re performing well and confident of your shots with lesser risks, you get the rewards. Yes, sometimes you have to make sure you’re there till the end.”

  • 23:45 (IST)

    Feeling amazing: Ravindra Jadeja

    Ravindra Jadeja was in brilliant form for CSK, taking two wickets in four overs. After game, he said, “Feeling amazing, we’ve been working hard for this title. I thought the Venky Iyer catch went so high, I looked at Moeen and he was looking at me, so I knew I had go for it. That catch changed it for us. Mr DJ Bravo is going to entertain us all night. It’s time for him to change his name from ‘Champion’ to ‘Sir Champion’.”

  • 23:29 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: ANOTHER CATCH!

    Mavi went for the big shot and launches this delivery by Bravo to the deep midwicket boundary but Thakur catches it.

    Shivam Mavi c Deepak Chahar b Dwayne Bravo 20 (13)

    In walks, Varun Chakaravarthy.

  • 23:24 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: SIX!

    A poor delivery by Thakur and Ferguson hammers it for a six over deep midwicket! Its a little too late though for KKR!

  • 23:21 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: Four, no-ball and a free-hit

    A no-ball by Thakur, and it goes over the waist. Ferguson sends it to the fine leg boundary for a four.

  • 23:16 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: ANOTHER SIX!

    A full toss by Bravo, outside leg. Mavi smacks it over fine leg for a maximum!

  • 23:14 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: SIX!

    A full delivery by Bravo, and wide. Mavi waits for it and then directs it over square third man for a maximum!

  • 23:13 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    Mavi gets a thick edge off this delivery by Bravo and it goes past short third for a four!

  • 23:09 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: THAT’S IT FOR EOIN MORGAN AND KKR!

    Morgan goes for a maximum and skies this delivery by Hazlewood. Its flat and goes towards the deep backward square leg boundary. Chahar waited there and then timed his jump to catch it with ease. He realized the ropes were there, so he comes back inside again.

    Eoin Morgan c Deepak Chahar b Josh Hazlewood 4 (8)

    In walks, Shivam Mavi.

  • 23:06 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: KKR need 68 from 24 balls

    Ferguson directs this delivery by Thakur over the infield at cover for a double.

    KKR need 68 from 24 balls now.

  • 23:03 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: OUT! Shardul Thakur gets Rahul Tripathi

    A good delivery by Thakur with a little bit of bounce. Tripathi gets it at the top end of his bat and it goes for a simple catch at long-on.

    Rahul Tripathi c Moeen Ali b Shardul Thakur 2 (3)

    In walks, Lockie Ferguson.

  • 22:56 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: OUT! ANOTHER ONE FOR RAVINDRA JADEJA!

    A spinning delivery by Jadeja and Shakib misses it totally! It hits his pads and otherwise would have crashed against the stumps!

    Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 0 (1)

    After 15 overs, KKR are 120 for six. They need 73 from 30 balls now!

    In walks, Rahul Tripathi.

  • 22:53 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: OUT! IT’S ALL COMING CRASHING DOWN FOR KKR NOW!

    A short delivery by Jadeja, and angling in. Karthik slaps it hard but finds Rayudu at deep backward square leg.

    Dinesh Karthik c Ambati Rayudu b Ravindra Jadeja 9 (7)

    Its all crashing down for KKR now!

    In walks, Shakib Al Hasan.

  • 22:48 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: DINESH KARTHIK STARTS OFF WITH A SIX!

    A short delivery by Chahar, outside off. Karthik goes for it early and pulls it over deep backward square leg for a maximum.

  • 22:45 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: OUT! SHUBMAN GILL’S INNINGS COMES TO AN END!

    A full toss by Thakur and it hits Gill’s pads. He was taken aback and didn’t even react! Gill doesn’t review and walks off.

    Shubman Gill lbw b Deepak Chahar 51 (43)

    In walks, Dinesh Karthik.

  • 22:42 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR! SHUBMAN GILL REACHES HIS FIFTY!

    A full toss by Jadeja and Gill clatters it over the infield to reach the cover boundary for a four! He reaches his half-century in 40 balls!

  • 22:41 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: Two runs

    A good delivery by Jadeja and Gill tries to cut it. But he under-edges it through Dhoni for a double.

  • 22:37 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: WHAT A CATCH BY RAVINDRA JADEJA!

    CSK are slowly stealing the game away from KKR!

    A short delivery by Hazlewood and Narine goes for a maximum. But Jadeja runs back and catches it at deep midwicket. He remembers the ropes and maintains his balance.

    Sunil Narine c Ravindra Jadeja b Josh Hazlewood 2 (2)

    In walks, Eoin Morgan.

  • 22:34 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: OUT! FIRST BALL!

    A cross-seam length delivery by Thakur and Rana ends up chipping it to mid-off for a catch!

    Nitish Rana c Faf du Plessis b Shardul Thakur 0 (1)

    In walks, Sunil Narine.

  • 22:28 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: OUT! VENKATESH IYER DEPARTS!

    A good delivery by Thakur and Iyer slices it high in the air for Jadeja, to catch it coming in from sweeper cover.

    Venkatesh Iyer c Ravindra Jadeja b Shardul Thakur 50 (32)

    In walks, Nitish Rana.

  • 22:23 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: ANOTHER TOP SHOT BY SHUBMAN GILL!

    A full delivery by Jadeja, on middle. Gill reverse sweeps it over short third man for a four!

  • 22:22 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: THAT WAS CLOSE!!! POOR LUCK FOR CSK!

    A full delivery by Jadeja, on middle and off. Gill went to sweeps it and hits the spider cam. Rayudu caught it running forward but its a dead ball as it hit the spider cam. Lucky for Gill!

  • 22:19 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: One run, Venkatesh Iyer gets his fifty!

    A good length delivery by Jadeja, wide of off. Iyer gets a top edge to short third man and takes a single. Reaches his fifty in only 31 balls!

  • 22:18 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: SMACK! SIX!

    A full delivery by Jadeja, on the pads. Iyer goes on his back knee and slams it over deep square leg for a maximum!

  • 22:14 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: SIX! KKR: 68/0

    A full delivery by Jadeja, on middle and off. Iyer meets it and hammers it with much aplomb over long-on for a maximum!

    KKR are 68 for no loss in eight overs. They need 125 from 72 balls!

  • 22:11 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: One run

    Jadeja tosses it full and Gill drives it to long-off for a single.

  • 22:06 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: Two runs

    A full delivery by Bravo, on the pads. Iyer glances it to fine leg for a double. Thakur had to stop it to this left.

  • 22:05 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: One run

    A full-toss by Bravo, wide of off. Gill directs it to long-on for a single.

  • 22:01 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    A full delivery by Chahar, on middle and Gill slices it between mid-off and cover for a four!

    KKR cross the fifty-run mark!

  • 21:57 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    A full delivery by Thakur, on the pads. Iyer smacks it between Dhoni and short fine leg for a four!

    After five overs, KKR are 47 for no loss. They need 146 from 90 balls.

  • 21:56 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    A slow delivery by Thakur, on middle and leg. Iyer pulls it over Dhoni for a four! Its just not working for the CSK skipper tonight!

  • 21:54 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: Two runs

    A short delivery by Thakur, on middle and off. Gill pulls it away to deep midwicket for a double!

  • 21:51 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    A full delivery by Hazlewood, outside off. Iyer finds the gap between point and cover point for a boundary! He slices it to the left of the fielder at point.

  • 21:50 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    A length delivery by Hazlewood and on middle and off. Gill directs through mid-off for a four!

    Thakur was there and tried to dive to catch it, but it goes through his fingers.

  • 21:45 (IST)

    IPL 2021 CSK vs KKR Live Score: FOUR!

    A full delivery by Chahar, on off. Iyer waits for it and drives it through mid-off and extra cover for a four!

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