Mumbai beat Pune to clinch third title
The Mumbai Indians made it their third Indian Premier League title in five years after they defeated the Rising Pune Supergiant in a pulsating final. Mumbai came away winners by one run in a low-scoring game that ebbed and flowed before a finale that sent the crowd in raptures.
Mumbai looked to have won an important toss on a slow pitch but fell away pretty quickly after having decided to bat first. Jaidev Unadkat grabbed the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons in the third over of the innings and it was only four boundaries in the final over of the Powerplay for Rohit Sharma that pushed Mumbai to 32 for two after six.
Ambati Rayudu was dismissed soon after, run-out to a direct hit from Steven Smith, as Mumbai Indians unravelled quite quickly after that, falling to Adam Zampa and Dan Christian.
After 17 overs, the Mumbai Indians were a mere 92 for seven and even a score of 100 looked like a distant dream. Instead, Krunal Pandya and Mitchell Johnson were involved in a 50-run stand for the eighth wicket that took Mumbai to 129 in their 20 overs, including a crucial 14 runs in the final.
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In reply, led by Steven Smith’s half-century and Ajinkya Rahane’s 44, the Rising Pune Supergiant seemed to have headed in the right direction when they got to 71 for one in the 12th over. It was the dismissal of Rahane, however, that turned the game around.
The scoring became much tougher after that, as the pitch slowed up and the ball began to reverse. MS Dhoni did not last too long and from needing 6.5 an over at the start of the innings, the required-rate had climbed up to almost nine an over with six overs to go.
A 14-run over, in the 16th, kept Pune in the hunt, but Bumrah sent back Dhoni next over, and Malinga conceded just seven in the 18th, allowing Mumbai some more leeway.
With 23 needed off the last couple of overs, Smith managed to smash Bumrah over long-off for a mighty six and then Manoj Tiwary looked to have taken the momentum away with a first-ball four off Mitchell Johnson’s 20th.
But two wickets in two balls, including that of Smith, and then a run-out off the final ball while coming back for the third ensured that Mumbai Indians had won the contest. Krunal Pandya won the man-of-the-match award.