Moeen Ali becomes first English cricketer to win Indian Premier League

Moeen Ali has become the first Englishman to win the Indian Premier League after his team the Chennai Super Kings beat the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Ali, who scored 37 not out from 20 balls, including three sixes, said afterwards: “It’s amazing and I can’t describe it really.

“I never thought I’d win the IPL and to do it with this team is amazing.”

Chennai had set a target of 192 for Kolkata, with opener South African Faf du Plessis anchoring their innings with 86 off 59 balls.

But, despite a good start, Kolkata – led by England’s Eoin Morgan – slumped to a 27-run defeat.

Morgan scored just four runs for his team.

Chennai’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said: “We shuffled a few players, we used them in different ways.

“It was important to take responsibility and we had match-winners coming game after game and performing.

“People who were in form, they made sure they were scoring throughout the tournament, and everybody else was chipping in.”

Morgan said: “Our guys fought incredibly hard and performed but today, unfortunately, proved just one game too many.”

The second half of this year’s IPL was shifted to the United Arab Emirates due to the COVID-19 situation in India.

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