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.
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.
...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.
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."
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.
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
and a bouncer now at 120 km/hr, was looking to upper cut it over the keeper but misses
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
slapped across the line for a six to get to his half-century, too little too late
fuller and slower and driven down to long-on this time, not for runs
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.
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."
another yorker outside the off and another miss, he had to swing his bat at it but does not conect
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
yorker length and he wants to heave it away, misses and it goes through to the keeper
and that's a pretty wide ball outside the off stump, noway he was going to get close to touching that one!
and now it's drilled through the covers, but straight to the fielder and expectedly the single is refused
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.
and a bouncer to finish off the over, Mohit Sharma ducks under that one
outside the off stump and wide enough for the number 11 to let it go through to the keeper
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
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."
shorter in length and angling back into the batsman, flicked away to fine-leg for a single