Final (N), Kolkata, May 26 2013, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 149)125/9
Mum Indians won by 23 runs
player of the match
Kieron Pollard
Mumbai Indians
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

Aggressive Mumbai end title drought

Kept alive by Kieron Pollard's fighting 60 off 32, the Mumbai Indians bowlers attacked their way to a first IPL title

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary
Scorecard summary
Mumbai Indians148/9(20 overs)
Chennai Super Kings125/9(20 overs)
end of over 2018 runs
CSK: 125/9CRR: 6.25 
MS Dhoni63 (45)
Mohit Sharma0 (2)
Kieron Pollard4-0-34-1
Lasith Malinga4-0-22-2

That, as they say, is the end of that. The IPL 2013 bandwagon is over and the evenings will never be the same 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.



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.

--------------- 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.


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."

Pollard to Dhoni, FOUR runs

smacked away for a four through wide long-on for a four which ends the game...

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 wide

and that's been bowled quite wide outside the off

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

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

Pollard to Dhoni, no run

and a bouncer now at 120 km/hr, was looking to upper cut it over the keeper but misses

Pollard to Dhoni, SIX runs

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

Pollard to Dhoni, SIX runs

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

Pollard to Dhoni, no run

fuller and slower and driven down to long-on this time, not for runs

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 wide

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

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

end of over 198 runs
CSK: 107/9CRR: 5.63 • RRR: 42.00 • Need 42 from 6b
MS Dhoni47 (39)
Mohit Sharma0 (2)
Lasith Malinga4-0-22-2
Kieron Pollard3-0-16-1
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run

very full, wide enough for him to tape it to long-on for a single

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."

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

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

Malinga to Dhoni, no run

yorker length and he wants to heave it away, misses and it goes through to the keeper

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!

Malinga to Dhoni, no run

and now it's drilled through the covers, but straight to the fielder and expectedly the single is refused

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR runs

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

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.

end of over 182 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 99/9CRR: 5.50 • RRR: 25.00 • Need 50 from 12b
Mohit Sharma0 (2)
MS Dhoni40 (33)
Kieron Pollard3-0-16-1
Mitchell Johnson4-0-19-2
Pollard to Sharma, no run

and a bouncer to finish off the over, Mohit Sharma ducks under that one

Pollard to Sharma, no run

outside the off stump and wide enough for the number 11 to let it go through to the keeper

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

Ravichandran Ashwin c sub (AR Patel) b Pollard 9 (31m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
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

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."

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run

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

Best performances - batsmen
MS Dhoni portrait
MS Dhoni
63 runs (45)
3 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
21 runs
1 four
2 sixes
Kieron Pollard
KA Pollard
60 runs (32)
7 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
3 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Dwayne Bravo portrait
DJ Bravo
Albie Morkel
JA Morkel
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossMumbai Indians, elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard
Player Of The Series
Shane Watson
Shane Watson
Series resultMumbai Indians won the 2013 Indian Premier League
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05
Match days26 May 2013 - night match (20-over match)
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
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Krishnaraj Srinath
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle