Chennai: On a night when Manchester United will take on Barcelona for the biggest footballing prize in Europe, Chennai Super Kings' R Ashwin made it clear who he was supporting as he stated that he'd told a few people that "we'd like to be the Man United of the IPL, and we are getting there".
Ahswin was again the key weapon for the defending champions. Brought on to bowl the very first over, he got rid of the dangerous Bangalore opener Chris Gayle for the second time in two games to put the Royal Challengers on the backfoot.
"I am really enjoying bowling with the new Kookaburra. I was always confident to go up against Gayle and take him on. I just took advantage of the mind game," he said.
Ashwin picked up three wickets, including the crucial one of Chris Gayle.
The off-spinner set up Gayle with two beatiful deliveries that left the batsman before the third went straight and took the faintest of edges and MS Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps.
He also picked up the wickets of Mayank Agarwal and Daniel Vettori and finished with figures of 3/16 from his four overs.
Ashwin, who was hit on his head in the last game, said thankfully it had "just skidded off my head. I was lucky".
Ashwin's teammate Dwayne Bravo, who had turned out for the Mumbai Indians last year and had ended up on the losing side, said it was great to be part of the winning team.
"Great feeling in the side, to be able to retain the title from last year," he said.
Chennai's pace spearhead Doug Bollinger too echoed similar sentiments saying that even though it "has been a long summer, and some of us are tired at the end, but this had been great fun".