They won the IPL, and now the Champions League T20. It has been a truly remarkable performance by Mumbai Indians. They performed when it mattered and peaked at the right time. Perfect finale with two legends bidding adieu to limited overs cricket and in the end the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar had a memorable ending.
That’s it from here. The focus now shifts to the T20I and seven-match ODI series against Australia starting from October 10.
Rohit Sharma: “We started off really well. We always knew, with the dew coming in, wanted to take wickets early. Smithy [Smith] and Maxi [Maxwell] gave us good start.
“It has been a fantastic tournament. Winning this is icing on the cake. I would like to thank each one of those associated with the Mumbai team. There were lot of expectations. We held our nerve and in the end the results were as we wanted.”
I think Rohit led the group really well and batted well too. Well done Rohit!!!
Harbhajan Singh has been declared Man of the Match. He won the award in 2011 as well when Mumbai had clinched the title for the first time. Harbhajan a bit toned down in his celebrations. Says he wants to focus on Duleep Trophy.
Dwayne Smith has been awarded Champion of the series.
Apart from Harbhajan’s triple strike one can also say that Glenn Maxwell’s onslaught towards the end of Mumbai innings powered them towards 200. It was a battle of nerves throughout and the current IPL Champions prevailed.
Yet again, Sachin Tendulkar overshadows Rahul Dravid. But chasing 202, the pressure was always on Rajasthan despite that blistering 109-run second-wicket partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson. After Samson’s dismissal, Rajasthan were banking on Watson to come good. However, once Harbhajan picked those three wickets in the 17th over, the match had slipped away from Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Royals 169 | Overs 18.5 |Tambe 0*OUT! Yagnik 6, Shukla 0, Faulkner2
It’s all over. Mumbai have won their second Champions League title. Three wickets in that over for Pollard.
Yagnik nicks to Dinesh Karthik. The umpire has some hesitation but finally gives into persistent appeal from Pollard. Shukla and Faulkner end up hitting aerial shots and are caught in the deep.
The game is slowly slipping away from Rajasthan. The Wall walks off. Coulter-Nile bowls a yorker and the stumps are disturbed. All the Mumbai players rush towards him and shake hands. He gets a standing ovation from the spectators and his teammates. Yagnik manages to pick a boundary on the last ball.
Rajasthan are slowly running out of steam. Perhaps a certain batsman named Brad Hodge could have done the difference.
Three wickets for Harbhajan Singh. Rahane times the ball beautifully but doesn’t get the placement right and is caught at deep mid-wicket by Dwayne Smith. 65 from 47 balls.
Harbhajan then tightens the noose around Binny and the right-hander is bowled for 10. Dravid sends Kevon Cooper ahead and the West Indian hits a boundary before being stumped. Will this be the turning point? Bhajji has turned the game around.
It was getting frustrating for Mumbai but Harbhajan finally manages to latch on to the catch. An aerial shot from Rahane lands just short of Pollard. But Samson, a ball later backs off and tries to go for an expansive shot on the off but the edge flies high towards short third-man.
60 from 33 balls. That aggressive innings from Samson has given Royals every chance to chase down 202. Shane Watson is the new man in.
DROPPED! Samson lofts and doesn’t get the distance. Confusion between Harbhajan and Maxwell. Bhajji running behind had no chance there. Only manages to leave Maxwell in two minds who loses control and Samson gets a reprieve. How costly could that prove? That second over from Coulter-Nile was much better, but Samson adds to Mumbai’s frustration with a boundary.
Fifty for Samson in just 23 balls. Gently nudges behind point and the backward point fielder gets a hand to it, but Pragyan Ojha chasing the ball messes it up at the fence and the ball touches the fence.
Pollard was bowling long way behind from the crease. With Watson still to come, Rajasthan Royals will be clearly fancying their chances now.
Kieron Pollard slows down the momentum a bit. Uses change of pace to perfection keeping the batsmen guessing. But Rahane manages to get a deft touch to pick a boundary between keeper and short third-man.
Samson is in the form of his life. All his shots have been timed with perfection. Rahane on the other end is matching his young partner with some fine shots. Goes down on one knee and lofts it over mid-wicket for six.
Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack. But Samson’s onslaught continues. He shuffles across towards the off, Coulter-Nile drops it short but the batsman goes through with the shot and the ball lands inches behind the fence. Follows it up with a sharp off drive for a boundary.
He tries to pull a short-ball and the top edge flies behind wicketkeeper for another boundary.
Lovely shot from Sanju samson. He is not shuffling or going for a brash shot. Just standing firm on his crease and timing the ball well. He hits the third ball for a six and follows it up with a similar shot. But it was well stopped by Pragyan Ojha on the fence and saves three.
Rahane connects well on the last ball and it lands into the long-on stands.
Good over from Rishi Dhawan. Keeps the ball full and consistently gets the it into the right handers. He is slightly wayward on the last ball offering width to Rahane who steers it past backward point for a boundary.
Needless running by Kusal Perera. Had done well to collect consecutive boundaries. Then gently plays towards mid-off and just sets out for the single. He pays no attention to Rahane refusing that single and both the batsmen are at the same end.
Ajinkya Rahane and Kusal Perera have walked up to the crease with a gigantic task ahead of them. Glenn Maxwell will be bowling the first over.
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What an innings this has been. 142 coming in last 10 overs.
Maxwell is run-out for 37 but what a cameo from him. Four boundaries and two six in the 14-ball innings. Meanwhile Mumbai continued to attack. Harbhajan Singh slogged a short delivery for a maximum. Karthik finished the innings with a couple.
Sharma and Pollard’s running between the wicket gets them few runs early on.
Sharma gently steers the first ball towards mid-wicket and picks three runs. On the penultimate delivery he gently paddles it fine between keeper and short fine-leg for a four. He follows it up with a gentle touch which runs past point fielder for another boundary.
4,000 runs for Rohit Sharma in T20. Shows the value of the batsman in this format.
Rayudu was slowly getting into the groove. Yet again comes down the track and lofts Tambe straight for a four. He tries to repeat the same shot, but this time the bowler pitches it a touch short and Rayudu misses the line, the stumps are in disarray. Second wicket for Tambe.
Rohit Sharma is looking in sublime touch. Bends a bit froward and pulls it over mid-wicket for six. Mr. Talent collected four more on the last ball with an elegant drive through the covers.
Stuart Binny drifts towards the leg and Rayudu heaves it between fine-leg and square-leg for a boundary.
16 runs from that over.
Mumbai Indians 82/2 | Overs 12 | Rayudu 19*, R Sharma 1*OUT! Smith 44
Tambe gets the main wicket. Smith tries to slog it and misses it; the stumps are dislodged. Pretty similar to Smith’s dismissal last night. It was waiting to happen. Tambe has been extremely accurate and finally gets his due.
The leg-spinner has never been hit for a six in this tournament so far.
Rayudu picks a boundary on the last ball. Comes down the track and lofts it over the bowler. Rohit Sharma is the new man.
FINALLY! Smith back in his true colours. Picks three consecutive boundaries. Pulls it towards mid-wicket and Perara on the fence misfields and concedes a boundary. On the second ball, steers clear of sweeper and then pulls a short slower delivery to the square-leg fence.
Sachin Tendulkar walks off to a standing ovation. After picking consecutive boundaries, Tendulkar tries to play on the up but hits down the wrong line and the off-stump goes for a toss. It was a 140 kmph delivery from Watson.
The Little Master was in full flow earlier. He played one gently down the leg for a four and then backed it up with a vintage cover drive.
Ambati Rayudu, the new man picks a boundary off the last ball. clearing mid-on.
Tendulkar elegantly drives the ball through covers for a boundary on the penultimate delivery off Faulkner’s over.
Dwayne Smith survives a close run-out appeal. Casually ambles across for a second and Rahul Shukla’s direct throw from thirdman hits the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Replays show Smith had just made it in.
Earlier, Smith picked a length ball and dispatched it over the bowler for a boundary.
Tendulkar survives a close leg-before appeal. Watson angles the ball in and the it hits the batsman just above knee roll. Vociferous appeal from the players but Kumar Dharmasena turns it down. Excellent over from Watson, concedes just two from it.
On the first ball of Watson’s over Tendulkar softly nudges the ball towards point and goes for a quick single. Smith had to hurry at the striker’s end and makes it comfortably.
Smith opens his account with a six. Faulkner bowled well, but he pitches the third one short and Smith slaps it over mid-wicket for a maximum. The Aussie all-rounder gets back his line well to complete an other wise tidy over.
Earlier, Faulkner started off on a disciplined not. Landed the first two ball just back of a length and got some bounce.
Shane Watson into the attack from the other end.
James Faulkner to open the bowling and Dwayne Smith will be taking strike.
So who are the key players for both teams? For Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane is in great form, Pravin Tambe has been fabulous. Rahul Shukla too has been their strike bowler.
Mumbai Indians tough will be banking on Dwayne Smith to fire once more. Smith has given great starts and set the momentum for rest of the batsmen. Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard will be the batsmen to watch out for as well. Among the bowlers, Nathan Coulter-Nile has been an unsung hero. He has been accurate and has the lowest economy rate along with Rishi Dhawan who has done a great job with the ball.
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Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to field.
Brad Hodge’s injury has forced Dravid to insert Kusal Perara into the playing XI. Meanwhile Mumbai Indians have brought in Glenn Maxwell for Mitchell Johnson. Mumbai will be fancying their chances to score well batting first with Maxwell being another addition in the batting. However, Rajasthan will be missing their finisher Hodge badly. To recap, Hodge had hurt his knee during the semi-final against Chennai Super Kings.
The pitch is a bit dry. The pacers may not expect much assistance but the spinners are likely to get some purchase. However, not to forget that this match is being played at Feroz Shah Kotla where the boundaries are short and the big-hitters from both sides will back themselves to clear the fence with ease.
Good Evening and a warm welcome to everyone. What a fitting finale! These two teams clashed in the opening match of the tournament and will be ending it too. And without much doubt all the focus will be on the two legends playing their last limited overs match — Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. As the Indian fans would term it — God vs The Wall.
I am Abhijit Banare bringing you the over-by-over updates of the Champions League 2013 final between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.