Chennai are champions, after the batsman squeezes the ball towards point, the entire team huddle around the stumps, the fireworks go off
The crackers are still going off at the DY Patil stadium, a crestfallen Mumbai walk out to shake hands with the winners.
Murali: "This is an amazing win, Raina was special, it's a special occasion, we are going to party a lot. The strategy of using plenty of spinners worked for us."
Questions will have to be asked about the Mumbai batting order, why was Pollard kept for so late, why push up Harbhajan when the youngsters Tiwary and Rayudu have been doing so well through the tournament.
The fielding was also a big differentiator: Mumbai dropped two sitters off the highest scorer in the match, Suresh Raina, while Chennai hung on to some superb catches like the ones to get rid of Tiwary and Duminy.
Bollinger: "It was a really good game, lot of runs, lot of wickets, good crowd. We though 140 would be par, but then Raina and Dhoni got going."
Hayden: "What a day. From the start, the opening ceremony. The entire eight weeks has been phenomenal, this tournament is going to go from strength to strength. I think Raina's star is going to burn for a long time. "
Venkat from India offers this explanation for holding back Pollard: "For those of you who are wondering why Pollard was not sent earlier, the answer is, he is not a good player of spin bowling and hence MI held him back till the spinners are gone. It's proved too late though."
Lalit Modi gives what seems to be a farewell speech. He says he's happy his dream of a world-class sports league in India has come true, before proclaiming that the IPL is clean and transparent. He says all decisions have been taken by the governing council as a whole, and not by him alone and that all charges against him are based on innuendos.
He signs off by thanking everyone he can think of in Oscar-winner style. His speech comes in the backdrop of news that he is going to be suspended by the BCCI shortly.
Suresh Raina is the Man of the Match: "Our staff have put in lot of hard work. I'm really happy for the team. It's been a great year for us." He picks 'fantastic' as the one word to sum up the day.
Sourabh Tiwary is the Under-23 success of the tournament, for his 419 runs and three half-centuries.
Chennai win the Kingfisher Fairplay award, Sachin Tendulkar is presented with the Orange Cap by Nita Ambani for being the leading run-scorer in the league phase. The Purple Cap is given to Pragyan Ojha by the owner of Deccan Chargers.
Sachin Tendulkar is named the DLF golden player, which I think is the Man of the Series award. He also collects a cheque for Rs 3 crores for Mumbai being the runners-up.
Tendulkar: "A couple of important catches cost us, the start also.. we could have accelerated a little bit more, it was just one of those tough days, I want to thank all the Mumbai Indians supporters. Towards the end, Pollard came and it was a bit too late. It's been a terrific journey, it's been an honour to be part of the Mumbai Indians, the support staff has also been tremendous. It's been a special tournament for us, barring today. Most likely I'll be playing next year as well. Chennai played better than us today, congratulations to them."
Dhoni: "Credit goes to the team, we were under pressure in the middle of he tournament, excited to lift the trophy today. We were happy with the total, the Mumbai wicket supports the seamers and Bollinger did well early, Ashwin has been doing a superb job with new ball. We were able to create the kind of pressure to get wickets. The IPL gets better and better, the benchmark keeps rising each year. The players will sweat more because of extra teams next year, the pressure will be on the office-bearers to make it further big."
The Chennai players get on stage to collect commemorative bats, and Dhoni finally collects the cheque for six crores from Lalit Modi, before getting his hands on the IPL trophy. The confetti machine does its job, there are firecrackers going off in the background, the Chennai team can't stop grinning.
That's it from us at Cricinfo for the IPL, and that's it for the cricketing action from the IPL. The off-field controversy still rages, though, with the latest news being that the BCCI has sent Modi a suspension order.
Hope you've enjoyed our coverage of the IPL, and if you haven't had your fix of Twenty20 cricket yet, the World Twenty20 starts in five days time in the Caribbean. See you then. Good night.
low full toss on legstump, sliced towards Raina at short cover, dropped, but if Chennai could chose a time to drop a catch, this was it
low full toss on middle and leg, pushed towards cover for a single
and another wicket goes down, slashed to sweeper cover, it was only a single, but the batsmen decided to try for the second, Zaheer is caught well short of the crease
another delivery across the batsman, bottom-edged,reaches the keeper on the bounce
angling across the batsman, looks to swing it to midwicket, misses
that's the game for Chennai, Pollard slugs it down the ground, Hayden is at the edge of the circle at mid-off, he takes a low catch, it's near impossible for Mumbai now
low full toss, swung towards long-on, Pollard always wanted two, Rayudu didn't, both batsmen running to the same end, Rayudu sensibly decides to sacrifice wicket as Vijay throws it in
crowds chanting Pollard's name
superb ball from Morkel, full and outside off, sneaks under Pollard's bat
Pollard is going berserk! a low full toss is absolutely hammered back past the bowler, that was power
Pollard refuses the second, Rayudu comes down the track and cracks it wide of long-on, there was time for two but they decide against it
dot ball, almost in the blockhole, dug out back to the bowler, can't afford these, Mumbai
Albie to bowl now.
Rayudu will be on strike for the next over; what was Harbhajan doing batting ahead of Pollard? 22 off that over, still a stiff task however
six more, that's into the stands over deep midwicket, length ball, he made way and swung it over the boundary, this match ain't over, Pollard is turning it on
a crucial dot ball, slower one bowled full outside off, tries to power it over the bowler's head, gets an inside edge towards Dhoni, refuses the single
four more, full outside off, makes room and slices it over third man for a boundary
fullish on the off, drills it wide of long-on for a couple, keeps the strike, Mumbai need him to be on strike
that's disappeared into the stands, change of angle, he goes round the wicket, short on the off and Pollard hammers it miles over long-on for a humongous six, the crowd is up
that will do, short outside off, goes for the pull, gets a thick outside edge over the keeper for a boundary
55 in three overs. Two of them from Bollinger. Mumbai hopes are fading
Pollard has too much to get in too few overs, one feels
well taken in the deep, Shadab Jakati it was at deep midwicket, that was bowled short and Duminy pulled it high in an attempt to clear him, Jakati had ran in a few steps and then ran back to hold on to it just inside the ropes, he ensured he retained his balance. Mumbai in deeper trouble
comes down the track to smash that over midwicket, gets an inside edge onto the pads and they sneak a quick single
|Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Toss||Chennai Super Kings, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Chennai Super Kings won the 2009/10 Indian Premier League|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.30 start, First Session 20.30-21.50, Interval 21.50-22.10, Second Session 22.10-23.30|
|Match days||25 April 2010 - night (20-over match)|