Rare spider camera drama turns IPL final upside down

MS Dhoni addresses the referee after the ball hits the spider cam thread, before the batsman is caught. (Images: VIVO IPL)

Chennai Super Kings clinched their fourth IPL title overnight after a 27-point victory, but the game was not without drama after a rare moment involving the spider camera.

Australian Josh Hazlewood helped the Kings win their fourth title by winning crucial wickets from Sunil Narine and Eoin Morgan as the Super Kings beat the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final in Dubai.

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However, chasing 192, the Kings got off to a brilliant 0-79 start over nine overs.

Chennai thought they had made the breakthrough when Shubman Gill was caught in the deep.

But the refs told Gill to wait before leaving the field, which caused confusion.

The referees ultimately ruled on a dead ball as Gill’s shot hit the wire carrying the spider-cam.

The rare incident, which caused MS Dhoni to shake his head in disbelief, stunned fans.

Luckily for the Kings, they were able to put an end to the opening 91-innings stand before the wickets started to tumble.

Josh Hazlewood’s IPL Crown

Hazlewood finished with 2-29 over his four overs.

“It’s great to be a part of it,” said the great pitcher. “I learned a lot of things.

“We have such a senior team here, especially in the bowling group. I just play T20 games in a row, I hope to learn all the way through and try to put it all together in the final.”

For captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was playing his 300th game as T20 captain, the victory marked a remarkable turnaround after last year’s poor season.

“We had game after game winners,” said Dhoni.

It was the ninth final for Chennai and the veteran added: “Every final is special. If you look at the statistics, we can say that we are also the most consistent team to lose the final. it is important to come back strong, especially in the knockouts. “

KKR had won seven of the nine games to reach the final after a poor start to the campaign, and skipper Morgan said he was proud of the fight shown.

“The guys fought incredibly hard and performed. (Venkatesh) Iyer and (Shubman) Gill were exceptional. They were the lifeblood of our hitters.”

After being batted, Chennai scored 3-192 with Faf du Plessis on the last ball of the innings for a stunning 86. The South African should have been stumped, however, for single digits in the 13th ball of the innings.

Du Plessis enjoyed strong support from Ruturaj Gaikwad, whose 32nd made him the tournament’s top scorer.

Robin Utappa (31 on 15 balls) and Moeen Ali (37 not on 20 balls), who became the first English player to win an IPL final, also contributed.

Narine, who took 2-26 from four overs, was again the bowlers’ pick.

Needing almost 10 more, Kolkata started well with an opening stand of 91 points. They ran their chances with Iyer dropped out before he scored by MS Dhoni on Hazlewood’s third ball. Gill also escaped, with a strong chance on Hazlewood’s seventh ball.

The breakthrough was made by Shardul Thakur, Ravi Jadeja taking a nice catch to clear Iyer for a 32-ball 50. Nitesh Rana and Narine perished quickly and when Gill was lbw to Deepak Chadar for 51, out of 43 balls, KKR was in difficulty.

The middle order continued to crumble and by 8-125 it was all over. Shivam Mavi (20) and Lockie Ferguson (17 not eliminated) pulled off a few late runs to take KKR to 9-165, but Chennai fans were already celebrating.

Hazelwood will remain in the United Arab Emirates for the T20 World Cup.

“I have a bit of downtime over the next week and then I go straight into the World Cup.

“It was really perfect preparation, taking wickets and playing on this field against some high quality opposition so I can’t wait.”

with PAA

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