Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final to clinch their fourth crown. CSK posted an impressive 192 for 3 batting first in the final after which they restricted KKR to 165 for 9. Chennai were consistent right through the tournament. They finished second in the league table, next to Delhi Capitals (DC). However, once they reached the playoffs, they were unstoppable. They brushed aside the DC challenge in Qualifier 1 before thumping KKR in the final. Here are five reasons why CSK lifted the IPL 2021 title.
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Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis were one of the chief factors why CSK lifted the IPL 2021 crown. The duo ended up as the Top 2 run-getters in the edition, which says a lot about how prolific they were. While Gaikwad walked away with the Orange Cap for amassing 635 runs at a strike rate of 136.26, Du Plessis blasted 633 runs at a strike rate of 138.20. Together, the duo put most opponents to the sword and gave the team a number of solid starts, laying the foundation for CSK’s victory.
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