Join us tomorrow for the all-IPL final between MI and RCB. Let us see if that gets the crowds back in Chepauk. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off along with our scorer Gopi Rangarajan, and leaving you to read Sid Monga's match report. Cheers, and watch out for the toe-crushers.
Malinga is the Man of the Match. Malinga: "I had to take the wickets. It was important to strike in the start. That was the main thing. I then came back with the old ball and tried to take wickets with my variation. I have to use it at the right time. 19th over went only for few runs. Doesn't matter any team [in the final] I believe in my ability."
Harbhajan: "We won the toss and it was a bat-first wicket. This was a better wicket than earlier ones. We got to a total where we could defend. Malinga and Franklin were fantastic in the end. It is a matter of a wicket or two in this format. When I got the wicket we kept things tight. Most important was the 19th over. Franklin bowled his heart out. He was the only bowler who was the bowling the right sort of length. I think I made the right choice. I had an over left but the batsmen were doing well and this side of the boundary was small as well."
Thomas: "We have just finished pushing a very very top team. Obviously gutted but we have provided some good entertainment. That guy Malinga is a quality performer. Some of the boys will go back as men. We look at someone like Dibble who has come in and done fantastically well."
Mumbai are in to the all-IPL final. It is that 19th over again, bowled by Franklin, helped of course by Malinga;s unplayable missiles on either side. 160 was going to be tough with Malinga's four overs to contend with. 4 for 20, all dismissals bowled. Priceless in this format
Franklin: "I think it was a bit last-minute [decision]. Bhajji had faith in me. Good to come on the right side of it. It was Bhajji's decision. Couple of overs ago, it was supposed to be Pollard. Malinga is awesome, he is one of the bests pace bowlers in the world."
Steve: "I still cannot understand how Sri Lanka lost the CWC 2011 with Malinga in their side.."
Murali Kartik is the new batsman
Fourteen to defend for Malinga. Most of the times you would say it's surplus, even against set batsmen. Here we have two new men at the crease, but you can never say with this tournament
Got to be MI's game now with Malinga to bowl the last over
Kieswetter is down on the ground in pain, he is now back up though after some help from the physio
Franklin to bowl the 19th over, the over of death in this tournament, Harbhajan has one left
Chandru: "I feel sorry for Rayudu .. hell a lot of pressure on him .. After all he is a part time keeper .. Had it been Davy, its game over !!"
29 off three overs. Malinga has two left