IPL 2017, final, Hyderabad May 21, 2017

'In the final, there's 20 runs for nerves. Their nerves showed'

ESPNcricinfo staff

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We knew we could pull it off - Tendulkar

Mitchell Johnson defended 11 in the final over - four off the last ball - as Mumbai Indians won their third IPL title. Here are the reactions from their players and team management after the game.

Sachin Tendulkar
"Amazing, simply amazing! At the break time, we got together and discussed few things. Mahela gave us a nice speech, which was needed. I can't repeat it here. We needed to think right and when you do that, performance follows. We believed we could pull it off and that's what Rohit and the team members did.

"I always believe in the motto: once a champion, always a champion. Malinga is known for yorkers. He's delivered for us for 10 years. I was sure he'd deliver tonight. He's not had the kind of season we're used to, but we knew he's one guy who could change the game."

Mitchell Johnson
"It was well set up in the last couple of overs. We needed to get Smith off strike and get him out. He gave himself room. I was trying to get him to hit towards the leg side, the bigger side of the field. It was a good shot but not good enough at the end.

"I wasn't thinking too much, just wanted to be clear with my plan: bowl full at the stumps and get the guys hit leg side. Smithy, off side isn't his strength, fortunate the shot went to hand. You play the game for these pressure situations. I told Bumrah that it helped me that he hit me for six off that second last ball. I felt like I was more clear then."

Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai Indians coach
"The guys showed a lot of character, especially the senior guys who kept calm. It was a marathon. It's not about how you start but about how you finish. In a big game, considering the wicket might play slow, we felt we had a senior group of bowlers who could handle pressure. That was the reason for batting first. In the final, there's 20 runs for nerves. Their nerves showed."

Jasprit Bumrah
"The ball was reversing a bit, we needed a wicket at that time [in the 17th over]. We kept on fighting from the first over. To get Mahi bhai's wicket was crucial, he can be dangerous in these situations.

"After the first innings, we wanted to fight. We were short of runs. The bowling effort was brilliant. We were backing each other at the end. We knew we had the experience. Fourth time lucky. I was a youngster in 2013, I was sitting on the bench then. To play with the guys and win with them is a brilliant feeling."

Rohit Sharma
"To be able to defend like that, it was a great effort. I couldn't have asked for anything more. Whenever you're defending a total like that, the first thing you need is to believe. I told the boys, the last game we played against KKR, the way we defended that, got them all out for 105, so why not here?

"The pitch was assisting the bowlers so it was about exploiting those conditions. If everything happens together, it's good, if it doesn't, it feels bad. I had confidence in the bowlers who were going to bowl the last three overs. They've done the job for their respective countries, franchises. It was all about giving that freedom to them. Let them do what they want to, they're the masters. I told them you do what you want, tell me what you're planning, I'll set the field accordingly."

Ambati Rayudu
"I couldn't contribute with the bat, but the catch [of Steven Smith] will remain with me."

Mitchell McClenaghan
"I couldn't sit still. I went up and down the stairs 15 times. Bumrah, I don't know if Indian cricket realises how good this guy is going to be. Superstar."

Krunal Pandya
"When wickets were falling at the other end, I wanted to play till 20 overs because I was the only batsman left."

Kieron Pollard
"We've been playing team cricket. We haven't had individual brilliance this season. The way Krunal batted to keep us in the game was fantastic."

Shane Bond, Mumbai's bowling coach
"It was exciting, heart-wrenching all at the same time. We spoke about leaders stepping up in the field yesterday. When the pressure came on, all of them stood up. Jasprit, at 23, he continues to step up. Great to work with him, he stood up on the biggest stage."

Parthiv Patel
"I thought before the innings started, having played for Sunrisers, we could defend 150. I passed it on to the guys. They [Rising Pune] took the game too deep anyway because it was difficult to score runs at the end. We played very good cricket right through the tournament under pressure, the catch which Rayudu took turned the game around."

Nitish Rana
"We're here because of the bowlers. This is a great experience, I hope to carry this on to the Ranji Trophy season. To win a second IPL title in three seasons, it can't get bigger than this."

Lendl Simmons
"Runs on the board is runs on the board. Scoreboard pressure puts pressure on the batting team. The plan was to not give them boundaries. We have a lot of match winners in our team, they delivered."

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  • Cricinfouser on May 22, 2017, 20:38 GMT

    Replace Smith with AMLA otherwise it's best team

  • cooljack_143 on May 22, 2017, 12:52 GMT

    Get Rayudu in place of Rahane for CT and also look for a place for Krunal .he is too good for an alrounder to be left alone .well played MI. Stayed humble grounded through out the tournament irrespective of situations .surprised resilence that jayawardwne brings. No wonder SLc was doing great till he and sang a were around. Good job MI , deserving winners . Had SRh played finals ,this MI side was still going to come in top. Kudos .

  • Sheppslibra29 on May 22, 2017, 11:33 GMT

    Well stokes is the difference for MI win and Pune win . If any team makes 6 .5 rpo to 10 rpo in final overs are overconfident.Any way while playing in team India please don't take it to the fag end and lose winning games

  • Ms.Cricket on May 22, 2017, 9:49 GMT

    Another brain fade from Steve Smith! And Rohit Sharma if he was a regular first starter in the Indian team would have made a much better captain for India than Virat Kohli. and Rahane should never be picked for any team in a T20 or ODI , he cost India the T20 final against Sri Lanka in Dhaka, the World Cup semi-final against Australia in 2015 and today RPS.

  • Herath-UK on May 22, 2017, 8:49 GMT

    It was a wonderful spectacle Malinga bowling superb Yorkers one after another,specially to the best, Dhoni & Smith & keeping them quiet, sheer unluck one or two did not rattle the timber, it thrilled all, reminded me of his bowling to Dhoni & Kholi at the T20 WC final. Sachin was great to appreciate that, from a champion to champion.

  • BeAHuman on May 22, 2017, 3:12 GMT

    Pune needed a left handed bat at 4. Also they slowed down needlessly. Smith and tiwary played bad shots as even singles would have helped. Anyway we knew the results ;)

  • sunilvaidya on May 22, 2017, 2:23 GMT

    this match clearly shows through pandya's innings why instead of mindless blind hitting sensibly playing out all the overs is so important

  • SLMaster on May 22, 2017, 1:52 GMT

    Good team effort. Get Mahela to coach SL. It is hard beat champion like Dhoni unless it is for Mahela.

  • cricfan4113516644 on May 21, 2017, 21:02 GMT

    RPS were always one batsman short. had they be playing Ben stokes, they would have easily won the match.

  • Samratgautam on May 21, 2017, 20:29 GMT

    congrats mi....gr8 win y team unity

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