Mumbai Indians 148-9 (Pollard 60no, Bravo 4-42) beat
Chennai Super Kings 125-9 by 23 runs
Indian Premier League 2013 final, Kolkata
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Report by Chetan Narula/John Pennington
Mumbai Indians shocked the Chennai Super Kings by bouncing back from being reduced to 16 for three to win the Indian Premier League 2013 with a comprehensive 23-run victory over the reigning champions in the final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Kieron Pollard's brutal half-century hauled Mumbai up to 148 for nine and after Chennai lost three wickets in the first two overs, there was no way back and they eventually closed on 125 for nine with Mahendra Singh Dhoni unbeaten on 67.
Dwayne Bravo had earlier taken four for 42 as Pollard closed unbeaten on 60 in 32 balls, but Chennai were no match for Mumbai's bowling performance, led by Lasith Malinga (2-22), Mitchell Johnson (2-19) and Harbhajan Singh (2-14).
Mumbai join Chennai in lifting the Indian Premier League title as well as the Champions League Twenty20 crown and although he wasn't fit to play today, this was another trophy for the collection of Sachin Tendulkar, who in a post-match interview, revealed that this would be his last IPL, bringing down the curtain on one more chapter of his distinguished, record-breaking career.
This was a match that see-sawed both ways many times, before Mumbai stamped their authority on the game and avenged their defeat in the 2010 IPL final against the same opponents.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat first, with the pitch again not as slow as it has been in the second qualifier on Friday. Tendulkar, who later announced that this was his last IPL season, did not play again and this time Mumbai’s opening pair couldn’t get going, with Dwayne Smith (4) and Aditya Tare (0) falling cheaply.
Mohit Sharma (1-26) removed the danger man Smith while Albie Morkel (2-12) did the real damage, as he accounted for both Tare and Rohit Sharma (2).
Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu put up 36 runs to stem the fall of wickets and avoid a total collapse. Karthik scored 21 runs off 26 balls, with three fours, and was removed by Chris Morris (1-25).
That brought Pollard to the crease and their revival truly began. First he put up a 48-run partnership with Rayudu and then stepped it up to take Mumbai to a competitive total.
Rayudu was out in the 16th over, after scoring 37 runs off 36 balls with four fours. Pollard kicked on, reaching his half-century off 31 balls, hitting three sixes and seven fours, finishing unbeaten on 60 off 32 balls.
The tailenders didn’t contribute much, with Harbhajan Singh (14) the only batsman to reach double figures, as Bravo blew them away with a haul of four for 42, winning the Purple Cap (32 wickets) in the process.
It wasn’t a large total, but Chennai needed to avoid the start Mumbai had if they were to overcome it. This they could not do, faring even worse as their top order collapsed completely.
Malinga and Johnson (2-19) struck meaty blows as wickets fells like nine pins. Mike Hussey (1), Suresh Raina (0), Subramaniam Badrinath (0), Bravo (15) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) all left quickly as Chennai Super Kings were reduced to 36 for five in the seventh over. Murali Vijay (18) was out soon after leaving them at 39 for six and out of the reckoning already.
Dhoni was still batting and Chennai fans still had some semblance of hope. He played a lone hand, scoring an unbeaten half-century and finishing with 67 not out off 45 balls.
He hit three fours and five sixes and was the only batsman to score above 20 runs in his team’s innings. Pollard (1-34), Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha (1-28) and Rishi Dhawan (1-6) provided great support to the opening bowlers and bowled Mumbai to victory, as Chennai finished at 125 for nine.
Few finals anywhere in the history of the game have been won so comprehensively - despite Chennai's closing score, they were beaten from a long, long way out - by a side making such a poor start.
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