Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL final, Kolkata May 26, 2013

Aggressive Mumbai end title drought

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Mumbai Indians 148 for 9 (Pollard 60*, Bravo 4-42, Morkel 2-12) beat Chennai Super Kings 125 for 9 (Dhoni 63*, Johnson 2-19, Harbhajan 2-14) by 23 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kept alive by Kieron Pollard's fighting 60 off 32, the Mumbai Indians bowlers attacked their way to a first IPL title. Mumbai were struggling at 52 for 4 in the 10th over, but Pollard batted through the innings to take them 148 even as wickets kept falling as the other end. Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson then were too good for the Chennai Super Kings batsmen, yorking and bouncing them out.

Super Kings' two big Indian batsmen fell to bouncers, their best batsman was done in by a perfect Malinga yorker, and the rest fell under the weight of the pressure and their own conservatism. MS Dhoni came in to bat at No. 7, and Albie Morkel at 8. Twenty20 doesn't always favour aggressive sides, in that wickets don't mean as much as they should, but in this match it did.

Wickets were there aplenty for Super Kings too. There were three in the first four overs as the ball seamed, and Mohit Sharma and Morkel bowled smartly and steadily. When Dinesh Karthik fell in the 10th over, Super Kings were arguably one big wicket away from killing the game. That one big wicket never came.

The first ball Pollard faced he defended away for four. That was sweetly played. He just pushed at a shortish delivery, but the ball scurried along between the bowler and mid-off. He lost Ambati Rayudu after a 48-run fifth-wicket stand, but kept bringing up fours and sixes without taking risks. His countryman, Dwayne Bravo, though, threatened to ruin his plans.

Pollard had taken Mumbai to 129 for 6 after 18 overs, and would have been looking for 40 more. A tight Chris Morris over later, Bravo kept Pollard away from the strike through two wickets off the first three balls of the last over. Pollard took the risk fourth ball and ran even though the ball had reached the slip straight on a half-volley. Now Pollard had two balls to do something about the score that read only 136.

And do something Pollard did. The first of the two balls was a low full toss and he flicked it for a straight six. Then came a slower ball, which pitched on a length, and Pollard dismissed it out of his presence. Twelve runs taken off the last two balls, Mumbai were reminded by their analyst that they had scored 148 in their first match against Super Kings too. Pollard had scored 57 not out then too. They won by nine back then.

This time, though, they would need something special. Malinga, asked to bowl the first over, delivered nothing less than special. A swinging yorker first squeezed under Michael Hussey's bat. Out came Suresh Raina. In came a backward short leg. Out came an accurate bouncer. Raina fended at it while looking towards third man. Backward short leg took the catch.

Super Kings now sent crisis man S Badrinath ahead of the bigger hitters. If consolidation was his brief, Badrinath exceeded it by driving at a wide length ball from Mitchell Johnson and edging it through. Still no Dhoni. Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja didn't take too long, and Dhoni had to finally come out at 36 for 5 in the seventh over. However, he ran out of batsmen soon with M Vijay falling to a Johnson bouncer and Morkel to a full Pragyan Ojha delivery, and actually had to begin farming the strike and refuse singles with six overs still to go.

Most of Dhoni's 63 off 45 came after the match had been lost, and only gave Mumbai an extended time on the field to celebrate the title even when the match was on.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • B.C.G on May 28, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks:Your mighty malinga was smashed in the 2012 wc final.Forgot that???

  • Harmony111 on May 27, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: What happened now? No more your rubbish arguments coming here about MSD? It is clear you do not know what a team is and what is the role of each member in the team. The idea is to have each man at a position where he max's his contribution. This is why fast bowlers open the bowling usually and not spin bowlers. Tomorrow you might say that Swann or Ashwin shy away from opening the bowling and facing the challenge. Facing the challenge just for the heck of it is foolish, you got to have an objective and a plan to achieve it. Telling you all this is futile as you have given ample proof of your shallow grasp about cricket, about what a team is and about how a system has to work in unison to do some good work.

  • Narbavi on May 27, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik :Before you talk about rr winning it, didn't you talk about how rr will not win even a single game in the playoffs?

  • Harmony111 on May 27, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @randikaayya: Oh give your info to those who need it. Don't ever try to correct me esp on facts. Show me one comment of mine here where I said MJ did not score a 100 in the WC Finals. What I said and you couldn't see was that if MSD was batting in a no pressure situation and scored 91 runs then surely the pressure in the 1st innings must have been even lesser and so MJ should have scored a 150 and SL must have scored more runs. In any case this has nothing to do about SL and the runs they got, the point here was that MSD came in to bat at a very crucial moment in the match, took it upon himself to see that the job was done and how? It is interesting that after making a few illogical arguments Baseball-sucks has realized how wrong he was and has not been able to offer a counter-argument here.

  • dummy4fb on May 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    they are the champions after season they never miss play off only one alwys stood up between MI and title(CSK) yesterday they got victory over it,,,,and won battle

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 27, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    @ Narbavi ; Who cares about the awards pal. Its all about getting the job done. Unfortunately mediocre Watson failed to get the job done when whole RR team n their fans were banking on Watson's lucky outside edges n french cuts. LOL

    Just look at SL speedster Malinga here, he had a rather average tournament according to his standards, But delivered his best when it mattered most. I dont know why you can't get it thru your thick skull. LOL

  • VinodGupte on May 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    hey, but dhoni remained not out. shouldn't THAT count for something? the lone warrior at # 7 who had no support from the other end. poor dhoni.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 27, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @Narbavi: Before you talk about Watson, didn't you chirp around saying RR is gonna win the IPL.

  • dummy4fb on May 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Before the match.... i have though that there will be 2 possibilties the CSK fans would react after the final match

    1.If CSK won the match-----> What a team it is... Even though they were under severe pressure due to the off-field controversies,CSK won the match.. Really a gr8 team with a gr8 leader.Go CSK!!!!!

    2. If CSK lost the match ----> MI may have won the match .. but the true spirit is seen in CSK.5 times finalists and 2 times winners.what a consistency!!!! MSD u r gr8 thalaivaa!!!! CSK would have won the match if there were no off field controversies... Definitely they will chase MI target on any other day...

    Looks like I was right.Bulls eye!!!!! My dear friends, cherish the sport.Don't worship a team... and don't fall prey to False pride.. Accept the reality and ur opponent's achievement and take it in a positive way. Dhoni is lauded as a one of the effective and inspiring captain of the modern world cricket...But he is also a human and will do mistakes.

  • Narbavi on May 27, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Watson winning the man of the tournament award clearly has had its toll on you, you have been trolled heavily lol, and now you come up with excuses like outside edges inside edges etc, learn to give credit where its due rather than giving excuses every single time!!