Prime News, National Sport, Cricket, Hyderabad, May 13:- Mumbai Indians (MI) became VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) champions for the fourth time after defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run in a thrilling final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here last night.
Last ball dismissal of Shardul Thakur by paceman Lasith Malinga registered final win for MI over CSK. With two runs needed off the final delivery, Malinga bowled a slower yorker to perfection, trapping Thakur (2) right in front to send his teammates, including skipper Rohit Sharma, into delirium as Shane Watson, whose breathtaking 80 went in vain.
Chasing a victory target of 150 set by MI, CSK were restricted to 148 for 7 in stipulated 20 overs.
Earlier, put into bat, MI made 149 for 8 in stipulated 20 overs. Kieron Pollard top-scored with his unbeaten 41-run knock while opener Quinton de Kock scored 29. Pollard, who was dropped on 25 by Suresh Raina, hammered three fours and three sixes.
For CSK, Deepak Chahar accounted for three batsmen while Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir took two wickets each.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful wicket-keeper in the history of IPL by taking his dismissals tally to 132, surpassing his India teammate Dinesh Karthik.
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians – 149/8 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41 not out, Quinton de Kock 29; Deepak Chahar 3/26, Imran Tahir 2/23); Chennai Super Kings: 148/7 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 80, Jasprit Bumrah 2/14). (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)