All four top-order Chennai batsmen were amongst the runs, led by du Plessis’ 86 off 59 balls. But the South African had a lucky escape on 2 when Karthik missed a regulation stumping off Bangladesh left-arm spinner Shakib.
Ferguson (0-56) had an off day and conceded the second most runs by a bowler in an IPL final, while the other bowlers also struggled to stem the flow of runs.
The three cameos by Moeen Ali (37 not out), tournament top-scorer Ruturaj Gaikwad (32) and Robin Uthappa (31) helped Chennai to set a formidable total.
“We are extremely proud of the fight we have shown,” Morgan. “Guys fought incredibly hard and performed. Iyer and Gill have been outstanding. They have been the cornerstone of our batting.”
The IPL, the world’s top-rated domestic league, resumed in the United Arab Emirates last month after it was suspended in May in India due to COVID-19.