In a thrilling contest in which fortunes zigzagged wildly, Mumbai Indians had the last say, as they defeated Chennai Super Kings by one run to clinch the Indian Premier League crown. CSK had to make 150 runs to win the crown. For the record, they could score only 148 for seven in 20 overs. They were agonizingly close, but the Mumbai side were the deserved winners, for their splendid all-round showing throughout the tournament.
Mumbai Indians Squander a Bright Start
Rohit Sharma won the Toss and chose to bat first. MS Dhoni said after the toss that he would have bowled first. So, it was a happy toss for all.
MI’s openers immediately got into act. They began dealing in sixes. They race to 44 in 4.4 overs. Just when signs were looking ominous for CSK, they counter-punched.
Both the openers were sent back within the power play. Thereafter, Dhoni typically made brilliant bowling changes to eat away Mumbai’s initial advantage. Has it not been for a determined knock by Kieron Pollard, MI would have been dire straits.
Pollard scored 41 off 25 balls with three sixes and three fours. He hit the final two balls for fours to finish off the innings in style. Pollard’s sensible innings was the main reason why Mumbai reached this total.
CSK Flatter to Deceive
Chennai Super Kings too started the innings with high octane hitting. They were 33 for one after four overs. Once Faf du Plessis lose his wicket, Watson took the role of batting mainstay.
He scored 80 off 59 balls with four sixes and eight fours. But none of the other batsmen could tame Mumbai Indians’ bowling. Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar were at their miserly best.
Dhoni’s run-out while attempting a needless second run made the chase more difficult. Despite all these, Chennai could still win in the final over. They needed nine runs in the last over. Malinga bowled the last over.
He conceded just seven runs from the first five balls. He produced a gem of a slow yorker to get a wicket, sparkling wild celebrations in the Mumbai camp.
Rohit Sharma praised his whole team for the victory. He said:
“Credit goes to the entire squad, not just the XI, even the support staff as well. Our bowling in this tournament was excellent. At different stages, our bowlers put their hands up and brought us back in the game. Every bowler who got an opportunity put their hand up, whatever condition we played in. We backed our ability and our skills, and that’s probably why we got rewards.”