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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wonderful run as a skipper continued as he led Chennai to a comfortable 58-win against Bangalore to win the 4th edition of the Indian Premier League and retain the trophy.

Thanks to Murali Vijay’s quick fire 95 and a crucial 63 by Michael Hussey, Chennai posted a formidable total of 205/5. R Ashwin was the star with the ball as he picked up 3 wickets, including the vital one of Chris Gayle, to restrict Bangalore to just 147/8.

Dhoni was very happy with the efforts of the team and praised Vijay and Hussey for their contributions.

“I think this is a fabulous effort from the guys, it was a good start from Hussey and Vijay. We got the momentum and we maintained it and that’s the reason why we could score over 200. The intent was there, it was the final and the batsmen showed intent, challenged the fielders, rotated strike pretty well and put extra pressure,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni also praised Ashwin, who performed brilliantly with the ball and played a part in Chennai’s win.

“Our start with the ball was great, Ashwin bowled really well, that’s one of the reasons why he gets more purchase than some of the other bowlers. The big achievement is to win both the trophy and to win the fair play award.”

Dhoni said the Super Kings’ next aim is to win the Champions League. He also thanked the Chennai vcrows for their relentless support. Dhoni also mentioned that he was eagerly looking forward to a much-deserved break after a hectic cricketing season.

“We’ll look to win the Champions League as well, we have to see what kind of form we’ll be in. Chennai crowd were brilliant throughout, and that helped us, particularly in the close games.”

“It was tough to play the IPL soon after the World Cup, and after winning the WC the crowd were a bit relaxed and the turn out increased after every match. Looking forward to go to Ranchi now,” he mentioned.

Daniel Vettori was a visibly disappointed captain and he blamed the bowling for Bangalore’s loss.

“We didn’t bowl well from the start and it hurt us. We should have bowled the way we did in the last game but we didn’t. I think it was a good toss to win, the wicket got a bit tougher, but our bowling was really bad,” he said.

“Around 160-170 was gettable, but 200 was too much. Hopefully we can look back and think how well we did throughout the tournament. We finished at the top of the table in the league stage,” he added.

Murali Vijay smashed a superb 95 off just 52 balls as he battled against humid weather, cramps and some good bowling. He was named the Man of the Match for his excellent knock.

An emotional Vijay, after the match, said: “I would dedicate this award to my mom. As a team we really played well. To be frank, I was hitting the ball really well. Mike Hussey has been guiding me really well and it is a great team to be a part of.”

Christopher Henry Gayle, who single-handedly turned the fortunes of the Royal Challengers side, won the Golden Player of the tournament award.

Gayle, during the presentation, said: “It was a home away from home, congrats to Chennai, they played better cricket and they deserved to win. It was a situation where I was not thinking about the IPL and suddenly the call came.”

“I would thank the management and the teammates. It was great to bat with Dilshan and Kohli and to talk to Zaheer. Virat can do the hi-fives pretty well and he will learn a few moves when he tours the Caribbean shortly.”


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