The Mumbai Indians finally overcame a massive hurdle to win their second Champions League title as they defeated fellow IPL team, Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs in a closely fought encounter.
The Mumbai Indians finally overcame a massive hurdle to win their second Champions League title as they defeated fellow IPL team, Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs in a closely fought encounter. Even though it was a team effort, we highlight the main men who helped bring home the trophy. Read on:
Whenever Dwayne Smith gets going, Mumbai Indians have won 40% of their matches and it showed here too. His 44 runs, along with 5 fours and a six took Rajasthan bowlers to the cleaners. Where would Mumbai have been without the services of Smith!
Played a captain’s innings when his team really required to up the ante. His 14-ball 33 runs were crucial for MI to take their team towards a fighting total. On the field too, Sharma portrayed calmness and his bowling changes really worked wonders. If they said Virat Kohli is the future captain of India, the selectors should have a look at Rohit first!
CLT20 was proving to be quite a ‘flop’ for star spinner Harbhajan Singh until the finals. Bhajji finished with 4/32 that included the important wickets of Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane. In his post-match comments, Harbhajan wished to pick up more wickets on the way and we hope the ‘Turbanator’ dons the Indian colours soon.
It seemed Mumbai Indians will set up a target of 160-plus which seemed a par score on this pitch but in walked Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell’s 14-ball 37 ensured Mumbai reached above 200. Even though the Aussie made little contributions this whole tournament, this one remains priceless!
West Indies’ Kieron Pollard has always been a crucial member of the Mumbai Indians squad. This year’s CLT20 saw Pollard’s bat go a tad silent but in the finals, his bowling did all the talking. KP finished with 3/31 and also took the final wicket which kicked off MI’s celebrations.