Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, CLT20, final, Chennai October 9, 2011

Mumbai Indians complete dream run with title


Mumbai Indians 139 (Franklin 41, Bhatkal 3-21, Vettori 2-30) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 108 (Dilshan 27, Harbhajan 3-20, Chahal 2-9, Malinga 2-23) beat by 31 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

On a night of mediocre cricket, the Mumbai Indians kept their surprise run going to win the biggest prize, in financial terms, in non-international cricket. James Franklin was the only man to keep his head in a suicidal Mumbai innings, which helped them reach 139, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore once again choked in a final to lose despite a start of 38 for 0 in four overs. For the vanquished this was a painful repeat of their IPL final in Johannesburg where they froze while chasing 144. The victors, though, can claim they once again won the big moments: through Franklin's sober innings, through Lasith Malinga's two sixes amid a collapse, through an extra over given to Malinga that produced a wicket and through their spinners' seven overs for 29 runs and five wickets

Be that as it may, for a majority of the match the teams seemed to be in a contest for ordinary cricket. There were three run-outs, there were unsavoury slogs resulting in exposed stumps, the winning side bowled 10 out of a total of 13 wides, and MI's' keeper kept letting through byes. If Franklin's smart 41 off 29 suggested he was the only sober man in a Paris Hilton party, the Royal Challengers clearly outdid their opponents for rashness. Yes the pitch was slow and it took turn, but not enough to justify the bizarre and spectacular collapse, which featured minimal attempts to take singles with the asking-rate around seven.

MI didn't even know there was turn in the pitch for them. As Dilshan hit the ground running in the chase, they made a necessary departure from their usual ways of bowling Malinga for only two overs at the top. Dilshan's 27 until then had come off shots either through the line or through the covers, and he would have known how desperately MI would have wanted a wicket off what then seemed like a last roll of the dice. As it turned out, he swung across the line of a full first delivery, losing his off stump.

Kumar Dharmasena then made a potentially match-turning call. He had already got two lbw calls wrong in MI's innings, first reprieving Harbhajan Singh when he was plumb, then ruling him out when he wasn't. But his most consequential mistake was during the chase and again involved Harbhajan, who fired in quick offbreaks in his first over. The last ball of the over, in which he had conceded just a wide, was tossed up, and Chris Gayle got a big stride in. The offbreak didn't turn as much as expected, hit him in front of off, and he was ruled out. The ball had a massive distance to travel, and the ball-tracking predicted it would have hit the outside of off stump. Conventional wisdom would have ruled it in the batsman's favour, and even Gayle lost his cool when he saw the finger come up.

With an unreliable batting order, pampered by the true Bangalore surface and short boundaries, to follow, it was down to the only survivor of the Royal Challengers' 2009 choke, Virat Kohli, to shepherd the rest through. However, he found himself batting with a trigger-happy Mayank Agarwal, who despite all his attempts at power hitting managed 14 off 19 before holing out to long-off. Even when the desperate Agarwal got out, the Royal Challengers needed a manageable 73 off 57.

Kohli felt the pinch too. Perhaps it was the presence of Malinga in the end, perhaps it was just the shock of having to work hard for runs after the flat Bangalore pitch, but even he didn't show the willingness to take the game to the deep end. In the next over he holed out to deep midwicket. Everybody knew it was game over there and then.

The rest were just a blurry procession of catching and stumping practice, a complete contrast to how Franklin managed a strike-rate of close to 150 without a shot hit in anger. There was no dearth of madness around him either. Sarul Kanwar first ran Aiden Bliazzard out before slogging around a full delivery. Ambati Rayudu struggled to find singles in the middle, and a positive 40-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav ended with a run-out.

Franklin ensured the trend continued, hesitating during a second run to complete the third run-out. Kieron Pollard's massive leading edge travelled as far as long-off, and MI were in a tailspin after looking good for a repeat of their 160 from the semi-final. Although it didn't look enough at the moment, Malinga's two sixes in the end turned out to be surplus.

Both teams were fined for slow over-rates. Harbhajan, the MI captain, was fined US$3,000 and each MI player $1,500 for being two overs behind the required over-rate. The Royal Challengers players were fined $750 and their captain Vettori $1,500 for being one over behind the required rate.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    wohho MI won with a deplated squad surely u have to call rcb the south africa of club cricket but vao we won with a 2nd squad and IPL team again winning clt20 is a big slap on ipl haters @bravo bravo - u should have been there on the day after in my school everybody was talking clt20

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Have you made it LARGE? Here it was the crucial 19th over which would decide whether we entered the Finals. There was India's best spinner(I) and Keiron Pollard, but I had other ideas. I think outside the box and going against conventiional wisdom, I handed the ball over to Franklin... The rest is history Mahi Mahi. We are the champions...We have made it large.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Not a great game of cricket, however, as a Mumbai Indians fan I enjoyed every moment of it. They played some really tough games & came out on top.

  • Jay on October 11, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Great pic of Harbhajan roaring after the win. Now, only if he could roar like this when England visits India for the ODIs.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    It was a veritable feast of close, exciting games. It had everything and the drama was palpable/ heart-stopping. The chase , the coolapse, the thundering sixes, Malinga bowling, Warner batting and Trinidad coming so close.Thoroughly enjoyable, More and soon.

  • Milind on October 10, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    totally agree with @NALINWIJ/@Charindra.

  • Shashidhar on October 10, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Congratulations MI !!! It was a mindless batting by Kohli, Mayank and other middle & lower order batsmen. When the situation demanded to play for singles with a required run rate well within their reach, they went for mindless big shots which were not coming on this pitch. Kholi still need to prove his ability on such pitches. Mayank throwed away wonderful chance to prove his battinig ability. On such situations, Rahul & Sachin would have easily scored the required runs. These youngsters still need to learn from these Idols. Watching RCB batting was really really frustrating batsmen after batsmen perished in the same style. I felt they lost their brains in this match.

  • joel on October 10, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    @justk, No one is jealous of MI. However, MI was not the best team in the tournament. Even Mr Monga has said that. Just accept it and move on. @SatanuXI, MI had no one from Mumbai until Yadav miraculously recovered from his "injury", while playing cricket. Then he played two games out of six. Without the foreign stars, MI would have not gotten a single win. Nor would have RCB, for that matter. You may argue as much as you like, but you know the truth of it. Let me help put it into perspective for you. The golden wicket 1 and 2 were Malinga (SL) and Narine(WI). The golden bat 1 and 2 were Warner(Aus) and Gayle(WI). Where are the Indians in this Champions League?

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Guys! Stop cribbing about the result! A better side always wins. As for yesterday's match, Give due credit to Harbhajan and Franklin for good performances. Despite absence of Sachin,Rohit and Munaf, the team performed so well. If their batsmen floundered, they played on their bowling strength. Unlike famed 'top order' of RCB,who couln't chase down mere 140. Get realistic, MI was a better side. Its a team effort that wins games,not just 'gayle force'.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I dont Understand why people cry and crib about things? like deadite11, many users crib about everything that has happened in CL just because their team dint win. MI had 8 players injured or even more, because of which they were given this oppurtunity to play with 5 overseas player. and they did play with 4 overseas when it matter the most - Semis and Finals. Some say MI is nothing without Malinga? possible.You can say whtever u want. But MI did Standup to the occasion and played well..

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