Chennai: IPL powerhouse Mumbai Indians finished their trophy draught in style here on Sunday as their bowlers rose to the occasion and defended a thin total to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of CLT20.
Spinners Harbhajan Singh (3/20) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/9) not only choked the RCB batsmen but also picked 5 wickets between them after a late batting fall down saw MI fold up for meagre 139 following Harbhajan’s decision to bat first.
While MI’s batting failed to impress, the bowlers should be specified bulk of the credit for decorating their franchise’s cabinet with the silverware, which is their 1st ever since inception in 2008.
Though, Bangalore, who was expected to walk through to 140 and triumph here on Sunday – made a meal of their task to fall short by 31 runs. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli’s failure never allowed Bangalore to take charge and they finally got bowled out for 108 in 19.2 overs.
Bangalore needed a good start. Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 1st ball of the innings from Malinga through the covers for a boundary. He also hit Ahmed for 2 consecutive boundaries but Malinga dismissed him with the 1st ball of the 5th over. Dilshan, trying to strike Malinga across the line, found his stump uprooted for 27 runs which had 5 hits to the boundary.
In the very next over, Harbhajan took the prize wicket of Gayle, trapping him leg before for 5 runs. The trouble of steadying Challengers innings then fell on the young shoulders of Kohli.
In the meantime, Chahal struck in the 11th over to have Agarwal caught by Pollard at long off. And the match turned into a thrilling battle with Singh dismissing in-form Kohli in the 12th over.
Chahal also got better of Arun Karthik, caught at long off for a duck. Bangalore batting wobbled under pressure with 65 runs still needed from 45 balls.
Mohammad Kaif and Saurabh Tiwary were made to fight for runs. Pollard then swung the match totally in Mumbai’s favour dismissing Kaif for 3 and to leave the rest for Malinga to end Bangalore’s challenge.
Earlier, asked to bowl by Harbhajan, Raju Bhatkal (3-21) and Daniel Vettori (2-30) helped Royal Challengers bowl out Mumbai for 139. Mumbai’s 3 batsmen got run out, including James Franklin who top-scored with 41 runs.