Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians’ lift IPL Trophy record fourth time

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians’ created history becoming the first franchise to clinch the coveted IPL Trophy for the record fourth time. Rohit Sharma was second time lucky at Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad, as Mumbai were crowned champions. In a pulsating final that went to the last delivery, Mumbai outwitted Chennai Super Kings by one run to win the battle of attrition. Both CSK and Mumbai were chasing history with three IPL titles each but in the end Rohit Sharma’s men had the last laugh.

Defending a modest total of 149, Mumbai bowlers put up a spirited display to come on top. CSK looked vulnerable as the batting was lacklustre. Requiring two runs for victory off the last ball, Lasith Malinga signalled Mumbai’s victory by trapping Shardul Thakur in front. It was a repeat of 2017 final at the same venue when Mumbai beat Rising Pune Super Stars by one run. For Rohit, it was fifth time he was in the winning team (one for Deccan Chargers and four times for MI).

Kieron Pollard’s late flourish helped Mumbai to put up a challenging total of 149. The West Indian veteran hammered an unbeaten 25-ball 41 (3×4, 3×6). In the CSK chase, Faf de Plessis slammed a quick-fire 13-ball 26 before it was cut short by left arm spinner Krunal Pandya, who fired a wide ball and had the batsman stumped.

But Shane Watson (80 off 59 balls; 8×4, 4×6), who hit two fours and one six in Lasith Malinga’s second over, batted with aplomb. But he had a reprieve at 31 when Malinga grassed a top edge off left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan in the ninth over.

Suresh Raina, who showed his discomfort against short-pitched deliveries, won a DRS appeal and lost another in his short stay before Umpire Nitin Menon was bang on target with his LBW decision off leg spinner Rahul Chahar.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians got off to a blazing start as de Kock (29 off 17 balls) struck four sixes in the first five overs. The South African left-hander was removed by a bouncer from Shardul Thakur. Chahar scalped the wicket of Rohit Sharma. Surya Kumar Yadav could not repeat his Chennai show. He was cramped for room before inner-edging Imran Tahir. There was more trouble for Mumbai as Thakur pulled off a brilliant running return catch to dismiss left-hander Krunal Pandya. The bowler had to sprint a good 30 yards before gobbling up the skier at square leg with a juggling effort.

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