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Its four to fine leg!
IT'S THEIR FIFTH IPL TITLE.
IT'S DHONI'S FIFTH IPL TITLE.
THE CSK CAMP CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF JADEJA. HE TURNED AROUND AND RAN STRAIGHT TO THEM AND WAS IMMEDIATELY ENGULFED
Chennai Super Kings 171 for 5 (Rayudu 19, Jadeja 15*, Noor 2-17) beat Gujarat Titans 214 for 4 (Sudharsan 96, Saha 54, Pathirana 2-44) by five wickets by the DLS method
At 1.35 am on the third day of a T20 match, Chennai Super Kings emerged as the new IPL champions.
Ravindra Jadeja pierced the silence built by 100,000 people when he hit the final two balls of an incredible, chaotic, unbelievable chase for boundaries. One straight in front. One straight behind him.
An equation of 171 off 15 overs reduced 14 off one. Mohit Sharma made it even tougher. 11 off 3.
Chennai Super Kings hadn’t hit a boundary in 13 balls. They had, however, lost two wickets. One of them was MS Dhoni, for a duck.
That was looking like it might be his last act on a cricket field. He will be 42 soon. He said preparing for the IPL at his age was taking a “heavy toll”. When he came in, Ahmedabad broke the sound barrier. When he left, the crowd was bereft.
Instead, they looked on, having suffered through the rain, braving difficult journeys to and from the ground, as their hero walked up onto the podium and picked up his fifth IPL trophy. In a rare show of emotion, once the winning runs were hit, Dhoni leapt into Jadeja’s arms. That’s how much it means to him.
None of this would’ve been possible though without the impact of Ambati Rayudu. He tweeted that this would be his final IPL match. When he walked out, ESPNcricinfo’s forecaster suggested CSK only had a 35% chance of victory. He lashed Mohit for 6, 4 and 6 and with those three hits, his team became overwhelming favourites. 93%.