The Chennai Super Kings won the IPL 4 Title in 2011, after beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by a massive 58 runs in the grand finale in Chennai tonight. The CSK played like a team and emerged victorious before the home crowd.
Chennai Super Kings had beaten Mumbai Indians to lift the IPL 3 title last year. They have done it again. Murali Vijay, who struggled for runs throughout the tournament, saved his best for the final. He played the anchor role with 95 off 52 balls.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first. Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey added 159 for the first wicket in 14.5 overs. The CSK scored 205/5 in 20 overs.
Murali Vijay was the top scorer with 95 off 52 balls with 4 boundaries and 6 sixes. Hussey scored 63 (45). Skipper MS Dhoni made 22 off 13 balls. For RCB, Sreenath Aravind and Chris Gayle took two wickets.
Chasing a mammoth victory target of 206, RCB expected Gayle to fire. However, he was out for a duck. Gayle fell to Ashwin. He faced just three balls.
Ashwin removed Mayank Agarwal soon after and the RCB were 16/2. They never recovered from that shock and lost wickets at regular intervals. Royal Challengers Bangalore finally scored 147/8 in 20 overs.
Saurabh Tiwary remained unbeaten on 42, while Virat Kohli scored 36. R Aswhin took three wickets, while Shadab Jakati took two wickets. Murali Vijay was declared ‘Man of the Match’. Chris Gayle was declared ‘DLF Golden Player Award‘. The Chennai Super Kings won the ‘Fair Play Trophy’ too.
The Chennai Super Kings lifted the IPL Trophy for the second time in a row. It’s a proud moment for skipper MS Dhoni, who recently lifted the World Cup for Team India. The team received Rs 10 crore for winning the title.
IPL 2011 Awards:
Citibank Rising Star: Iqbal Abdulla (KKR) [16 Wickets in 14 Games]
King of Karbonn Kamaal Catches: Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)
Volkswagen Best Individual Performance: Paul Valthaty (Kings XI Punjab) [120*]
DLF IPL Leading Run Scorer: Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) [511 runs in 9 matches]
DLF IPL Leading Wicket Taker: Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) [27 wickets in 14 matches]
Kingfisher Fair Play Trophy: Chennai Super Kings
DLF Golden Player Award: Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
IPL Pitch and Outfield Award: Punjab Cricket Association (PCA)