Sports News, (Hyderabad), May 22:- Cricket fans all over the globe couldn’t have asked for a better treat for the ultimate showdown of this year’s IPL between Mumbai Indians and Rising Giants Pune. Mumbai Indians managed to defeat RPS by just one run to lift the IPL trophy for a record third time.
Rohit Sharma’s men defended their total of 129 for eight in a match that went right down to the last ball in a packed Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
The course of the match changed when Bumrah taking the price wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and giving away just three runs in the 17th over. Then Johnson, who had to defend 11 runs in the last over, switched the momentum completely by picking two crucial wickets of Manoj Tiwary (7) and Smith (51) on successive deliveries.
The left-arm former Australian pacer clinched three wickets giving away just 26 runs. While Bumrah picked up two wickets and gave away 26 runs in his four-over quota. Malinga was unable to pick any wicket but he gave away just 21 runs.
Earlier, apart from left-handed all-rounder Krunal Pandya (47 off 38 balls), who watched helplessly from the other end, none of the other Mumbai Indians batsmen showed maturity and the guts to stay at the crease after Rohit won the toss and elected to bat.
Such was the batting plight of Rohit’s team that they played an astounding 54 dot balls (9 maiden overs) in their full 20 overs.
Krunal was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
This was the first time since 2008 that a team finishing first in the Points-Table has lifted the trophy.
Mumbai Indians became the first team to win the IPL Trophy for the third time in the last 10 seasons, having won the title in 2013 and 2015.