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Lightning strikes over the Narendra Modi Stadium during the IPL final match in Ahmedabad on Monday night. AFP
Rain halted play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final in Ahmedabad for the second day running on Monday with Chennai Super Kings chasing 215 for victory against defending champions Gujarat Titans.
Chennai reached four no loss after three balls by Gujarat pace spearhead Mohammed Shami when rain forced the players off the ground on a reserve day after a heavy downpour washed out play on Sunday.
The pitch area is covered with the plastic sheets as it rains during the IPL final match in Ahmedabad. AP
The final is believed to be Chennai skipper MS Dhoni's last match as thousands of fans have returned to the world's biggest cricket stadium wearing the yellow jersey of the superstar.
Gujarat batsman Sai Sudharsan smashed 96 to power his team to 214-4 -- the highest total in an IPL final -- after being invited to bat first.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) rode on blazing half-centuries by Evin Lewis (55 off 23 deliveries) and Quinton de Kock (61 off 45) to beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets and register their first victory in the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium.
The Chennai Super Kings skipper, who will turn 41 in July this year, even did not rule out turning out in IPL 2024 too, saying 'you can't predict what will happen two years down the line."
Hardik Pandya returned figures of 3-17 to restrict Rajasthan to 130 for nine in the lop-sided final at the world's biggest cricket stadium and Gujarat's home ground.
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