Fleming: A grand finish to a good competition
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 19:06
Rohit Sharma felt Mumbai Indians' "team unity" made the difference after they won a record third Indian Premier League title with a dramatic one-run victory over Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday. Such as Rohit Sharma who dialled M for match-winners and up-stepped Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson - whose combined age is 68 - to bowl the death overs and deliver a third IPL title for Mumbai Indians here on Sunday.
Krunal Pandya top-scored with a crucial 47-run knock while skipper Rohit contributed 24 runs to help Mumbai post 128 for eight.
His ploy though faltered as Pune's opening bowlers, Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar, made life hard for Mumbai's openers, dismissing them in the third over.
It was Mumbai Indians' worldwide player Jos Buttler, who missed the final leg of IPL 2017 due to his global duty, could not control his emotions after his team beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run. Ajinkya Rahane 44 runs. Mumbai had earlier lost all the matches with RPS as well in IPL 10, and there was a psychological advancement for RPS.
Defending a paltry total of 129, Mumbai bowlers kept a tight leash on the Pune batsman throughout the chase, and bowled spectacularly in the end overs to give them an unlikely win.
Supergiant looked to have the match in the bag until losing Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 17th over and slipped to 98-3 as Jasprit Bumrah conceded only three runs.
"It was full of pressure, full of mistakes and it was full of great performances".
Mumbai were reeling at 79-7 but Krunal Pandya topscored for them with a belligerent 47 before falling to the final delivery of the innings. Rohit pulled a half-pitched ball to Thakur at deep mid-wicket, while Pollard offered an easy catch to pouch for Manoj Tiwary at long-on. "160 on this wicket probably would have been a match-winning score", he said. Mumbai Indians' earlier IPL titles came in 2013 and 2015. With RPS needing to score 4 runs, MI held their nerves as Washington Sundar was run out for a golden duck.
Commenting on the wicket, Fleming remarked that the wicket was two-paced and both the teams struggled to play aggressive game.