Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians cruised to victory over Chennai Super Kings in the final of IPL 2015 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma starred with the bat and Harbhajan Singh bowled another brilliant spell as Mumbai Indians decimated Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift the Indian Premier League title for the second time in eight seasons. Mumbai are now one of three teams besides CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders to have won two IPL editions.
South African dived, got hold of the ball and flicked it while being air-borne and the magical throw was enough to clip the bails off to bring an end to Patel’s fine run as an opener.
Chasing 203 at Eden Gardens on Sunday night, Chennai’s famed batting line-up failed against some disciplined Mumbai bowling. Mitchell McClenaghan did the early damage with the ball, removing Michael Hussey. Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina tried to repair the innings, but the pair’s exit left Chennai a mountain to climb. Harbhajan removed both Smith and Raina before McClenaghan accounted for Bravo to leave the CSK chase in tatters.
And when MS Dhoni fell to Lasith Malinga in the 16th over, the writing was on the wall for the two-time champions.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted a daunting 202/5 after Chennai won the toss and decided to field.Mumbai Indians built their innings around two partnerships, as they set an asking rate of 10.15 for Chennai on a flat strip.
Dhoni kept bowling left-arm pacer Nehra who bowled three overs at a stretch without any success. R Ashwin was introduced in the fourth over but there was little help for the wily off-spinner who bowled a no ball and this time Simmons broke loose.
A rollicking 119-run second-wicket stand between opener Lendl Simmons (68; 45b, 8×4, 3×6) and Rohit (50; 26b, 4×6, 6×2) took the team to a position of solidity after the loss of opener Parthiv Patel in the opening over itself.
Kieron Pollard (36; 18b, 2×4, 3×6) and Ambati Rayudu (36; 24b, 3×6) then forged a 71-run partnership for the fourth wicket off only 40 balls to pile on the Chennai Super Kings bowlers’ misery.