Indian Premier League - Final

Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won by 23 runs

Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey to open the innings, the latter to take strike. Lasith Malinga will take the new ball.

Riaz : "Experience matters. MI missed a golden opportunity to play Ricky today. He knows how to play under pressure. A player who took to final will be targeted so it was a good time to surprise opponents by bringing in Ricky!"

rupesh kumar: "can anyone guess who will be player of series...?"

Ninad: "MI had defended 139 against RCB in CLT20 final when RCB were cruising at 38/0 with Dilshan and Gayle on strike. Can they do that on this pitch against CSK ?"

Taha: "Bravo has taken a wicket in every match he has played this ipl. Remarkable."

Punit: "Well, that definitely has sealed the purple cap for Bravo. It's interesting actually that Bravo's got the wickets, he's never really seen as a threat with the ball but the reason for so many wickets he's picked is he's always bowled at the death so more of a chance to pick wickets and consequently his expensive economy in the tournament"

0.1

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, fuller and swinging back into the batsman, taps it to mid-off and off for a quick single, Rohit Sharma has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses the stumps

0.2

Malinga to Vijay, no run, this is a touch shorter than the previous on and Vijay goes back and defends it back to the bowler

Vishal Sheokand: "@Riaz : Bring Ponting in place of?? Smith?? Pollard?? No need to say about these two. Or Malinga??Best bowler you want as a captain in T20. or Johnson maybe?? who has destroyed the same opponent once before in the tournament. Replace one of these to bring in Ponting? Reason: He has played a lot of finals (50-50). Last one played was like 6 years ago??"

0.3

Malinga to Vijay, 1 run, on a length and a middle-stump line, tucked away to the leg side for a quickly taken single, the fielder comes in quickly at mid-wicket and tries to run Vijay out, had it hit direct, he was easily short

0.4

Malinga to Hussey, OUT, bowled him, what a ball from Malinga! it was a yorker length ball and swinging back into the batsman, probably takes a bit of his pad en route castling his stumps and the batsman is sent back after checking for the no-ball, first blood to Mumbai

MEK Hussey b Malinga 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

That should give Mumbai a lift, getting out the highest-scoring batsman.

0.5

Malinga to Raina, OUT, and an appeal for caught and yes it is, gone, caught off a short ball! this was a bouncer, quicker one too and on his body, the batsman was looking to fend it off but gets some bat on it, lobs up to the backward square-leg fielder who's inside the circle and Raina's gone for a duck!

SK Raina c Smith b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Can Malinga get a hat-trick? Badri comes in at four. Two slips for him.

0.6

Malinga to Badrinath, no run, almost! almost a hat-trick! that was the best ball you could bowl when on hat-trick, very full and swinging away from the batsman, he gets the bat down in time and tries to hit it across the line, gets an outside edge through to the second slipper on the bounce

End of over 1 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/2 (147 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 7.73)
S Badrinath    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-2
M Vijay    1* (2b)     

Cracker of a start there. Evens things up a little now. Johnson to bowl the second.

1.1

Johnson to Vijay, no run, short of length and outside the off stump, lets it go through to the keeper

1.2

Johnson to Vijay, 1 run, a touch fuller on the off stump and he gets his bat and pad out and tapped to mid-off for a single

Koustuv: "Rohit Sharma must be scratching his head, why didn't he used Malinga as an opening bowler all through the season!!"

Rishi: "Where is that ironing guy in Singapore?? Stop Ironing!! Stop IRONING!!!"

1.3

Johnson to Badrinath, no run, bouncer and that's angling away from the batsman, he was looking to steer it through to third-man and misses the outside edge, Karthik appeals but was missing

Santosh Raju: "What an over from Malinga! And what great captaincy by Rohit, to open with Malinga on a just about competitive target and to place that fielder for Raina. Great stuff!"

1.4

Johnson to Badrinath, OUT, edged and gone, three down as Badri's gone now! whoa, what a start for Mumbai, that was a poor shot from the batsman, wide outside the off stump and he was looking to play wide away from his body, gets only a nick through to the keeper

S Badrinath c †Karthik b Johnson 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

3/3 in the second. Bravo in.

1.5

Johnson to Bravo, no run, shorter in length and defended staunchly to the off side

1.6

Johnson to Bravo, 1 wide, down the leg side for a wide, was trying to bounce him there but it's drifting down

Suyash: "@Koustuv: No he won't. They are already in the finals and performing well. What more does he want?"

1.6

Johnson to Bravo, 1 leg bye, on his pads and it's on a good length too, gets some pad on it to the leg-side for a run

End of over 2 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/3 (144 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 8.00)
DJ Bravo    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-1
M Vijay    2* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-2

Malinga continues.

2.1

Malinga to Bravo, 1 wide, short of length from the bowler but there's too much angle down the leg side, even if he wanted to get some bat on it, it was too wide and called so

2.1

Malinga to Bravo, no run, bouncer and had Bravo hopping there, bowled at 142 km/hr too and he manages to evade it in time, well bowled that!

Mangesh Ashrit: "Been a Dhoni fan and I still am. But it baffles me why he isnt coming out to bat when the team needs him the most. :|"

2.2

Malinga to Bravo, 1 leg bye, and another short ball, almost like it's a tactic against Bravo, looks to tuck it away but the rapidity of the ball beats the stroke

2.3

Malinga to Vijay, 1 run, and now a yorker to Vijay, it was outside the off stump and he brings his bat down in time, taps it to the off side for a single

2.4

Malinga to Bravo, no run, ooh, that's some raw pace and bounce there, pitched shorter and it's at 144 km/hr, needs to hop away from the line of the ball

2.5

Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, on a good length but this is a slower one too, Bravo wants to hit it over mid-on but the slowness of the pace makes him play it late and get it over square-leg for a four, was on his toes too

2.6

Malinga to Bravo, no run, shorter in length again but this one does not quite come on to the bat as he looks to go back and defend to the off side

End of over 3 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 12/3 (137 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.05)
DJ Bravo    4* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-2
M Vijay    3* (5b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-1

3.1

Johnson to Vijay, no run, short of a good length from over the wicket, angling away and tapped to the off side

shashank: "@Ashrit: I think it is a smart move by dhoni! he tries to save himself,when there is such intensity from the bowling side.he always sees if anybody can manage instead if it is too early in the innings!otherwise bowling side would like to go for the kill with their best bowlers!"

3.2

Johnson to Vijay, 2 runs, good shot but fielded reasonably well too, it was outside the off stump and very full, drives away from the body and a diving-Pollard gets some hand on it, Rayudu gives chase and pulls it in

3.3

Johnson to Vijay, FOUR, slows the pace and down and that's been caressed through extra-cover for a four!

3.4

Johnson to Vijay, no run, very full outside the off stump, quite wide too at 139.9 km/hr and he taps it to the point fielder

3.5

Johnson to Vijay, no run, fullish again and enough width there, but a cautious Vijay pushes it to the covers where there's an umbrella of fielders to stop it

3.6

Johnson to Vijay, FOUR, on his pads and flicked away for a four, drifted down his pads and needed to get only some bat on it, does exactly that and gets a four!

End of over 4 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 22/3 (127 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.93)
M Vijay    13* (11b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-12-1
DJ Bravo    4* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-2

Much better for Chennai. The required-rate's still under control. Words exchanged between Vijay and Johnson. Last time Johnson was doing the talking with Dravid.

4.1

Ojha to Bravo, FOUR, goes over mid-on and smacks it for a four! it was a decent delivery but the mid-on was up, inside the circle and he jumped on that and smashes it away

4.2

Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, and now it's shorter in length, rocks back and cuts it away to extra-cover for a single

4.3

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, shorter, quicker, almost darted in and pushed down the ground for a single

4.4

Ojha to Bravo, no run, shorter in length and cracks it, hit hard too but it's not gone over the fielder as he was trying, luckily for him, falls short of Rohit at extra-cover

4.5

Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, goes back and whips it across to deep square-leg for a single

4.6

Ojha to Vijay, no run, slows the pace down and he gets his bat and pad out to defend to the off side

End of over 5 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/3 (120 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 8.00)
M Vijay    14* (13b 2x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-7-0
DJ Bravo    10* (11b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-12-1

Rishi Dhawan to bowl now.

Abdul Moeed: "Vijay has been a player for CSK who has always performed in 'big matches'. He has not been highlighted this season due to the performances from Hussey and Raina but today might be his day. You never know."

5.1

Dhawan to Bravo, FOUR, and up and over the mid-off fielder, it was a fuller one that and he strikes it off the middle of the bat, the fielder at mid-off was running back and jumps up, does not get a hand on it

5.2

Dhawan to Bravo, no run, shortens his length outside the off stump, Bravo does not get his feet moving there and was looking to guide it through third-man who is inside the circle, misses

5.3

Dhawan to Bravo, 1 run, slows the pace down and he tucks it away to deep square-leg for a single

5.4

Dhawan to Vijay, 1 run, edged and dropped! was short of length and he was looking to punch it down the ground, gets an outside edge and it flies to Karthik's right, gets his hand to it and it's spilled

5.5

Dhawan to Bravo, no run, on a good length and outside the off stump, pushed into the covers

5.6

Dhawan to Bravo, OUT, gone, caught, chipped straight to mid-on! that was another slower one and Bravo looked like he had read that one, was looking to flick it away but the ball never came on to the bat, the shot goes straighter than he would have liked, pops up for a simple catch to mid-on

DJ Bravo c Johnson b Dhawan 15 (22m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

End of over 6 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 35/4 (114 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 8.14)
     R Dhawan    1-0-6-1
M Vijay    15* (14b 2x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-7-0

Jadeja at six. Harbhajan with the ball.

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, no run, floats it up to the bat and it's outside the off stump, defended to the off side

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, 1 run, fuller from the bowler and driven down to long-on for a single

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jadeja, no run, nice pace that, not too quick from round the stumps, was outside the off stump and tapped to the off side

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jadeja, OUT, and he's caught at long-off now, poor shot this! was floated up to the bat and the batsman takes the bait, goes to hit it over the top but the fielder was a. on the fence, and b. Kieron Pollard, the combination is good enough to get Jadeja caught!

RA Jadeja c Pollard b Harbhajan Singh 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, 2 runs, outside the off stump and opens the face of the bat and guides it through the off side

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, no run, shortens the length but the pace remains slow as ever, taps it to the off side and wants a single, Dhoni doesn't, Vijay takes a further step down the pitch but the captain sends him back

End of over 7 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 38/5 (111 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 8.53)
M Vijay    18* (18b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-1
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      R Dhawan    1-0-6-1

Chennai in trouble. Half the side gone. But Dhoni it is with the bat now.

7.1

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length from round the stumps, angling back into the batsman and tucked away to the leg side for a single

7.2

Johnson to Vijay, no run, bouncer from over the stumps and Vijay sways away from the line, does that easily too and they exchange stares

7.3

Johnson to Vijay, OUT, top-edged and gone again, Johnson has the last laugh as Vijay's been dismissed now! what are they doing here? it was short alright, but not short enough to play that stroke, was looking to pull away, almost swat it away, gets only an edge and spoons up easily for Rohit to take the catch

M Vijay c Sharma b Johnson 18 (42m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Chennai bat deep. But the lower-order hasn't got too many chances. Their depth will be tested tonight. 39/6.

7.4

Johnson to Morkel, 1 run, short of length and on the middle stump line, he walks across and taps it away to the leg side for a single

Harsha Prakash: "All that money doesn't buy you any brains : Simon Doull on Sir Jadeja's shot!"

7.5

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back on his crease and plays a rushed stroke to the leg side for a single, was a fuller ball that

7.6

Johnson to Morkel, no run, continues peppering them with the shortish ones, it was on his body too and gets across to the off stump, manages to play it down to the leg-side where Karthik runs across to stop the single

End of over 8 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 41/6 (108 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 9.00)
JA Morkel    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    3-0-15-2
MS Dhoni    2* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-1

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dhoni, no run, slower in the air and floated up to the bat, he was looking to poke at it, inside edge to the leg side

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and driven down to long-off for a single

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, again tossed up from round the stumps and he has to wait long before getting his bat out to defend it to the off side

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, SIX, gone for a six! that was slightly fuller and he throws his bat at it, did not seem to have come off the middle of the bat, more of the edge but it's still gone for a six, some power!

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, 2 runs, fuller and tapped away to the leg side, they take a single but the shot's only dabbed slowly which allows them to get back for the second, the throw's a good one from Rayudu but the batsman's in by the time it came

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, round the stumps and defended back to the bowler

End of over 9 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 50/6 (99 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 9.00)
JA Morkel    9* (6b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-12-1
MS Dhoni    3* (4b)      MG Johnson    3-0-15-2

Time-out time. Back on now. Pollard with the ball. Akshar Patel out to substitute Rayudu.

Ram: "Remember what Dhoni said, "Our game starts from 8th over" and here we go"

shiva: "Will The Real CSK , Please Stand up?? Please Stand Up??"

Biju Joseph Jacob: "MI cant afford to get complacent here - if a team had to choose two batsmen from across the world to get them out of this situation, it would be these two! If Dhoni and Morkel get going, any required rate would be achievable!"

9.1

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, short of length and on the off stump, not too much room for him and he taps it away to the off side

9.2

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller on the leg side and driven to long-on for a single

9.3

Pollard to Morkel, 1 run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, punched off the back foot to long-off for a single

9.4

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 wide, tails down the leg side for a wide, it was a fuller one and swinging down

9.4

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, short of length again, this was not quick enough and he needed to hit it really hard to get it away, straight to extra-cover

9.5

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, he continues pulling the length back and this is wider too, fishes his bat out and taps it away through the covers for a single

9.6

Pollard to Morkel, no run, slower this time and on a length, he looks to run it down through the short third-man region but goes to the fielder

End of over 10 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/6 (95 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 9.50)
JA Morkel    10* (8b 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0
MS Dhoni    5* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-12-1

Sundaresan K: "This is similar to Ire Vs Pak that is happening right now where Kamran and Wahab wins it for Pak, I hope Dhoni and the others does it for Chennai."

10.1

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, round the stumps and on the off stump, no turn for him and only pushed to the off side

10.2

Ojha to Dhoni, 2 runs, slightly shorter in length and he pounces on that quickly, goes back and punches it to backward point, and then quick running allows him to get back for the second

10.3

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, flights it a little and it dips on the batsman outside off, gets some bat on it and pushed into the covers

10.4

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, shortens his length and he pushes it down to long-off for a single, Dhoni did harbour thoughts of getting back for the second but they don't take a chance on Pollard's arm

10.5

Ojha to Morkel, no run, as very full on his pads and he was looking to paddle-sweep it around the corner, straight to the short fine-leg fielder

10.6

Ojha to Morkel, OUT, bowled him, yorked himself there! it was full alright but Morkel was looking to give himself room there, by the time he's got his bat down, the ball's sneaked through and disturbed the stumps, Ojha's gone on a spin like he's gleefully test-driving a new, powerful bike

JA Morkel b Ojha 10 (19m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 11 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 57/7 (92 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.18, RRR: 10.22)
     PP Ojha    2-0-10-1
MS Dhoni    8* (12b)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0

Chris Morris at nine.

Sohaib: "@Sundaresan K: But the current story looks like, what Greame Swann and Steven Finn did to New Zealand today..!"

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dhoni, no run, shorter in length from round the stumps, tapped away to the leg side

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller, quicker and on the leg stump, flicked away to deep mid-wicket for a single

Tendulkar on microphone, says damaged tendons take time to recover. Says it's important to remain in the present

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morris, OUT, out, gone, poor shot again and caught behind! it was a wrong 'un there, on a length alright and the batsman was looking to swing it away there, there's some bounce on that one and Karthik takes it well, I am not sure though whether there's an edge on that one, the umpire was quite sure though

CH Morris c †Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Replays don't convince me one way or the other.

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ashwin, no run, fuller and on the middle stump defended it back to the bowler

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ashwin, no run, flatter and pushes it quicker too, defended to the off side

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ashwin, 1 run, and now he slows the pace down, goes back and taps it point for a single

End of over 12 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 59/8 (90 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.91, RRR: 11.25)
R Ashwin    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-2
MS Dhoni    9* (14b)      PP Ojha    2-0-10-1

Kedar Kulkarni: "I think MSD came too late to bat. Should hv promoted himself ahead of Bravo." Wherever he batted tonight, I am perplexed by the shots they have played.

12.1

Ojha to Ashwin, 1 run, quicker and shorter, goes back and taps it down to long-on for a single

12.2

Ojha to Dhoni, SIX, slapped for a six! he will have to go for it and that's what he's done against Ojha, was shorter and flatter and flat-batted it over long-on for a maximum

12.3

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, edged to the off side, was looking to tuck it away but the leading edge runs away to the covers, does not take the single

12.4

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, wants to smash it away, goes on the bounce to long-on for a single

12.5

Ojha to Ashwin, no run, shorter outside the off stump, and turning away, wanted to cut it away, misses the outside edge of the bat

12.6

Ojha to Ashwin, no run, quicker on the middle stump and defended back to the bowler

End of over 13 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/8 (82 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.15, RRR: 11.71)
R Ashwin    2* (6b)      PP Ojha    3-0-18-1
MS Dhoni    16* (17b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-2

Required rate's nudging up to 12. Malinga with the ball.

Hardik Sapra: "Time for Dhoni to go for an all out attack and take a chance. Nothing to lose !"

Yogesh Singh Rajput: "What kind of batting lineup CSK has...after losing 8 wickets still there are two good batsmen at crease !!" A usually very powerful one.

13.1

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, shorter in length and on the pads and wow, what a shot, that's just tucked away gently and it rushes away through the backward square-leg region for a four

13.2

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, shorter in length again but this is on the off stump, pushes it to the off side

13.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, slower one and a shorter one too, he was looking to get some bat on it for a moment before letting it go through to the keeper

13.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, cut hard and straight to the sweeper fielder, it was a length ball and gave him width too, plays that one well but straight to the fielder

13.5

Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, slows it down and drifts down on to his pads this time, neatly tucked away to the leg side for a single

13.6

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, shortish length ball and he is quickly back and tapping it to the off side, Ashwin wants a single but is sent back, has to dive back to get home...

End of over 14 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 73/8 (76 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.21, RRR: 12.66)
MS Dhoni    21* (22b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-2
R Ashwin    3* (7b)      PP Ojha    3-0-18-1

For the last time, it's the time-out. Ojha to bowl after the break.

Razi: "That first over from Malinga has been the key to this CSK downfall..!! If you get Hussey and Raina in one over.. it will be too difficult for CSK on any day."

Chandra: "Credit to Dhoni for the kind of respect he created on his own..You see that as MI as not over-celebrating on csk wickets as Dhoni is still hanging there."

14.1

Ojha to Ashwin, 1 run, fuller from round the stumps and he pushes it to the long-on fielder for a single

14.2

Ojha to Dhoni, SIX, shot, six! that looked six very early into the shot, gave him some width there and it was in his arc too, slogs it over the long-on fielder for a six

14.3

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, shorter in length, pushes it quicker too and he's played it into the covers, does not come back

14.4

Ojha to Dhoni, 2 runs, slightly shorter than earlier, wider too and he cracks it over the in-field, by the time the sweeper comes across they are back for the second

14.5

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and he steps out and drives it through extra-cover for a single

14.6

Ojha to Ashwin, no run, shorter in length and cuts it to the cover fielder

End of over 15 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 83/8 (66 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.53, RRR: 13.20)
R Ashwin    4* (9b)      PP Ojha    4-0-28-1
MS Dhoni    30* (26b 1x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-2

Required-rate's up to 13.2. Dhoni's on 30 from 26 and will face Pollard.

Harsha: "@Chandra:Where have you been when Albie Morkel was bowled?"

15.1

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, steps down the track and smashed it back to the bowler, goes on the bounce through his hands to long-off for a single

15.2

Pollard to Ashwin, 1 run, bowls that one from wide of the crease and gets it to angle into the batsman, flicked away to wide long-on for a run

15.3

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, bouncer and he was looking to hook it away, but it's a slower ball too and the shot's played too early, goes through to the keeper and there's a loud appeal for a caught-behind by Pollard

15.4

Pollard to Dhoni, SIX, and now Dhoni's done to Pollard what Pollard's done to many, it was on a length and gets enough room to swing it away, hits it hard, high and long enough for a six!

15.5

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller from the bowler at the advancing Dhoni and he can only play it straight back to long-on for a single

15.6

Pollard to Ashwin, 1 run, and again jumps outside the off stump to play it, it's slowed down by the bowler and he can only push it to the leg side for a single

End of over 16 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 93/8 (56 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.81, RRR: 14.00)
R Ashwin    6* (11b)      KA Pollard    2-0-14-0
MS Dhoni    38* (30b 1x4 3x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-28-1

Required-rate at 14. Mitch Johnson to bowl this one. Dhoni's looking at a sheet that the umpire has, probably one that shows the overs remaining for each bowler.

Chandra: "@Harsha: That's Ojha in general. He would have reacted in the same way if he gets out Ashish Nehra as well. Keep going Dhoni."

Adway Lele: "When Pollard appeals, it stays appealed."

16.1

Johnson to Ashwin, no run, fuller on his pads, from over the wicket, flicked away to square-leg

16.2

Johnson to Ashwin, 1 wide, poor ball, a bouncer and way down the leg side, was looking to hook it away but misses by some distance, wide called

16.2

Johnson to Ashwin, 1 run, and now gets it outside the off stump, length ball, opens the face of the bat and guides it to third-man for a single

16.3

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, shorter in length but takes the pace off it, he was looking to hit it hard through the covers, does not hit the middle and it rolls over to the off side

16.4

Johnson to Ashwin, no run, shortish in length and outside the off stump, he was looking to crack it away but the ball never came on to the bat there and the shot goes straight to the point fielder

16.5

Johnson to Ashwin, 1 run, another slower one and this has been pushed through to the sweeper fielder, a single for the batsman who wanted a second but sent back

16.6

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, shortens the length but no pace to work on that one, Dhoni guides it through to backward point but tell you what, they don't get a single

End of over 17 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/8 (52 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 17.33)
MS Dhoni    39* (32b 1x4 3x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-19-2
R Ashwin    8* (15b)      KA Pollard    2-0-14-0

Only four off the over, which pushes the required rate up to 17.33. One big over required. John Wright's walking out to have a talk with one of the fielders, passing on a message to the captain.

17.1

Pollard to Ashwin, 1 run, fuller and slower and Ashwin's walked down the track, pushes it to the leg side for a single

17.2

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, shorter in length and angling back into the batsman, flicked away to fine-leg for a single

Ashwin needs to start hitting too.

Kunaal: "It's the repetition of India v/s Pak series earlier this year. Dhoni was always left alone by his teammates to fight. Frustrated, he even mentioned the same in the post-match ceremony of one of those matches, that he didn't have any support from the other end."

17.3

Pollard to Ashwin, no run, was trying to slog sweep that one, fuller, outside the off stump and he's beaten, thuds into his pads

17.4

Pollard to Ashwin, OUT, gone, out, caught, goes down the track and he's chipped it straight to the short mid-wicket fielder! he was left with no option but to go after the bowling, he jumped down alright but never got any power on that shot and it lobs up gently for the fielder

R Ashwin c sub (AR Patel) b Pollard 9 (31m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

17.5

Pollard to Sharma, no run, outside the off stump and wide enough for the number 11 to let it go through to the keeper

17.6

Pollard to Sharma, no run, and a bouncer to finish off the over, Mohit Sharma ducks under that one

End of over 18 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 99/9 (50 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 25.00)
MM Sharma    0* (2b)      KA Pollard    3-0-16-1
MS Dhoni    40* (33b 1x4 3x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-19-2

50 off two. Four sixes, a single, followed by four sixes and a single is one way of doing it. Malinga will now bowl one of them. Taking a lot of time to set their field here, Malinga and Rohit in the middle of a huge chat.

18.1

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, fuller ball and outside the off stump, he has gone back and slapped it over the bowler, bisects the long-on and long-off for a four

18.2

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, and now it's drilled through the covers, but straight to the fielder and expectedly the single is refused

18.3

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 wide, and that's a pretty wide ball outside the off stump, noway he was going to get close to touching that one!

18.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, yorker length and he wants to heave it away, misses and it goes through to the keeper

18.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, very full and wide enough to get back down in time to tap it to the right of the sweeper fielder, they come back for the second

18.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, another yorker outside the off and another miss, he had to swing his bat at it but does not conect

Raghu.G: "I think Dhoni is having same fate that Sachin had, last man standing, no support from others. If these two gets out opposition wins. Still i remember Chennai Test vs Pakistan & Hyderabad ODI vs Australia when Sachin scored 175."

Chirag Shah: "Ashwin got out on 9. His Jersey number was 99. The score when he got out was 99-9."

18.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, very full, wide enough for him to tape it to long-on for a single

End of over 19 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 107/9 (42 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.63, RRR: 42.00)
MS Dhoni    47* (39b 2x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-2
MM Sharma    0* (2b)      KA Pollard    3-0-16-1

All over bar the shouting then. 42 needed off six balls.

19.1

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 wide, swings at it but misses, it's angling down the leg side and it's a wide called

19.1

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, fuller and slower and driven down to long-on this time, not for runs

19.2

Pollard to Dhoni, SIX, slapped across the line for a six to get to his half-century, too little too late

19.3

Pollard to Dhoni, SIX, and again, that's the second one in a row, was very full and on the off stump, he's given it his all and smashed for a six

19.4

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, and a bouncer now at 120 km/hr, was looking to upper cut it over the keeper but misses

19.5

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, and a slower one this, was looking to play it across but the ball does not quite come on and it's rolled over to deep mid-wicket got a single

Taking time to set the field. I have no clue why. Lot of smiles around now.

19.6

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 wide, and that's been bowled quite wide outside the off

19.6

Pollard to Dhoni, FOUR, smacked away for a four through wide long-on for a four which ends the game...

That, as they say, is the end of that. The IPL 2013 bandwagon is over and the evenings will never be the same again...at least for a few days till the Champions Trophy kick-starts from next month. I am done too this evening and for the tournament, hope you had a decent time following us throughout the season. Suneer Chowdhary signing off from here, hope you have a good night.

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Presentation

Saina Nehwal's a part of the presentation party. N Srinivasan's there too.

Kieron Pollard wins the man of the match award.

Pollard: Good to play some of your best cricket against the best IPL team. I thank my family and the crowd for backing us. I have to try and take responsibility and it came off today.

Mumbai, Punjab and Rajasthan have shared the best ground and pitch award for five or more games.

Gurkeerat Singh wins the catch of the tournament, a diving catch at fine-leg off a Ross Taylor hook. Sanju Samson wins the best young player of the tournament award.

Samson: Feel very lucky to be a part of Rajasthan, allowed them to express myself. Great experience to bat with 'Rahul sir', or Hodge or Watson.

Chennai Super Kings win the Fairplay Award.

Michael Hussey wins the Orange Cap. Dwayne Bravo wins the Purple Cap.

Hussey: Good fun but couldn't do the business on the final-day. Thoroughly enjoyed playing for CSK and hopefully can continue playing for them.

Bravo: Thanks to the fans for coming for the game, congratulations to Mumbai Indians, unfortunately for us we came out second. Good to know Dhoni trusted my ability and I enjoyed the challenge.

Shane Watson wins the MVP award. 386 points for him, which is apparently more than all others.

Stephen Fleming collects the runner-up award.

I think we are getting closer to the end now...thanks for your patience.

MS Dhoni comes up to collect the runner-up cheque.

Dhoni: I think the batting department failed, Huss and Raina got out to good balls but the rest of them played some bad shots. Was important to get some partnership going but did not. Think we did well to restrict them to 148 because we had the depth in our batting. First time we weren't under pressure going into the last stage of the league matches.

John Wright comes up to collect the winner's award. And now Rohit Sharma comes up to collect the winner's cheque for Rs.10 crores.

Rohit Sharma: Captaincy was a good challenge and it's been a great experience and a learning curve. We knew we haven't won the title for the last five years but this time we were very determined, credit goes to all the players and staff involved. Plan was to bowl our strike bowler at their best batsmen. I want to thank everyone who supported us.

Rohit and Ricky Ponting collect the trophy from the BCCI President, N Srinivasan.

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...in the favour of Mumbai Indians, who have won their first ever IPL! This has been the most convincing win too! Lot of dancing, with Harbhajan Singh leading them from the front!

Karthik calls it one of the happiest days of his life. Ojha calls it an outstanding feeling to have won the IPL for the second time (after winning it for the Deccan Chargers).

Ojha, on his sprint after getting the wicket of Morkel, says he wanted to prove a point that he can bowl to left-handers.

The Mumbai Indians are on a lap of honour with Sachin Tendulkar being lifted by his players yet again.

Anil Kumble says his role was to keep the environment good in the dressing room. Credits John Wright as well, who says he's delighted for the boys. Wright also calls it a tough, two-month long tournament and adds the team got stronger as the tournament progressed.

Wright credits Ricky Ponting, Robin Singh and Nitin Patel and all his backroom staff for the win.

Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in an interview now. Tendulkar says this was going to be his last IPL! That's a big announcement! Ponting says he was looking to keep up with the younger guys in the team.

Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson now. Johnson says he enjoyed himself, especially bowling with 'Mali'. Calls it a great feeling to have won his first edition of the IPL. Malinga admits he did not do much earlier last two games but is happy to have bowled well in the final.

Harbhajan joins the duo now and says he's happy to proven many people wrong. Says he has bowled well and taken wickets and proved it those, who he asks "to go and have a look at their own record"! Fiesty!

Tendulkar calls it the right time to end playing the IPL and reveals he had decided to do that before the tournament. Gavaskar tempts him with an offer of playing one more game next season at Wankhede before calling it quits.

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Karl Correa: "Mumbai Indians have against all odds scripted a fantastic M.I (ipl) VI. I am absolutely ecstatic and thrilled as a Mumbaite (Mumbaikar). They have defeated a team with players who scored the most runs as well as the highest wickets. But an all round effort from Mumbai has gotten them to lift the title for the first time!! Wohooooooo!!"

Om: "So Dhoni scores 63 and the remaining 10 batsmen score 62. Interesting equation."

kartik Reddy: "In hindsight Dhoni should have come ahead of Jadeja, just like he came ahead of Yuvraj in world cup final."

Rayudu and Pollard call it an unbelievable feeling, Pollard had Karthik hanging on him before Ojha's run in screaming too!

Ramachandran R: "I wonder why everybody keeps saying "Dhoni was left all alone to accomplish the job..." If he had come after the lose of Bravo's wicket, he could have certainly stopped the wickets fall and would have built a partnership with Vijay too. Who asked him to come way down at 7 with only the bowlers to bat with??"

Manu Ajmani: "Sachin, Rahul last IPL!"

Murali J: "MI made the mistake dropping Pollard down the order last time and CSK complemented theirs by dropping Dhoni down.."

Tejas: "To quote LeBron James after he won his first NBA title last year : "It's about damn time!""

MieGoreng: "Congratulations to Maxwell for the year of his life! A trophy and 1 million plus in one calendar year!"

Saftar: "Think Pragyan Ohja, the third international player to won IPL trophies for two different franchises after Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf pathan."

End of over 20 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 125/9 (24 runs required)
MS Dhoni    63* (45b 3x4 5x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-34-1
MM Sharma    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-2
Tournament Results
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Kolkata - May 26, 2013
Mum Indians won by 23 runs
Mum Indians v Royals at Kolkata - May 24, 2013
Mum Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Royals v Sunrisers at Delhi - May 22, 2013
Royals won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Delhi - May 21, 2013
Super Kings won by 48 runs
Sunrisers v KKR at Hyderabad (Deccan) - May 19, 2013
Sunrisers won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Warriors v Daredevils at Pune - May 19, 2013
Warriors won by 38 runs
More results »

Photos

May 26, 2013

Harbhajan Singh with the IPL trophy, Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL final, Kolkata, May 26, 2013

Harbhajan Singh with the IPL trophy

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May 26, 2013

Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar with the trophy, Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL final, Kolkata, May 26, 2013

Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar with the trophy

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