Mumbai Indians Wins IPL 2017
Mumbai Indians created history by changing into the first team to win the IPL for a record 3 times, after they beat Rising Pune supergiant, the team that they had lost to thrice earlier within the tournament, by one run within the final in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 1 run to clinch the IPL 2017 title. Mitchell Johnson (3/26) bowled a brilliant final over to cancel out Steve Smith’s fighting half century for RPS.Batting first, Krunal Pandya scored 47 as MI reached 129/8 in 20 overs. Get highlights of Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians here.
Mitchell Johnson took 3/26 to guide Mumbai Indians to the IPL 2017 title – their third in Indian Premier League history. The Aussie fast bowler produced a brilliant performance in the final over as MI completed a narrow victory over Rising Pune Supergiant. Steve Smith’s 50-ball-51 went in vain as they lost wickets in a heap towards the end. Earlier, Jaydev Unadkat and Dan Christian bowled bright to limit Bombay Indians to 129/8 against Rising Pune star. Krunal Pandya was the top-scorer for MI with a 38-ball-47. Follow highlights from Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant, IPL 2017 final here.
Rohit Sharma says that he was quite nervous but the guys pulled off a great game. Says that he was expecting them to defend as they have a great bunch of players. Mentions that they stuck to their plans. Informs they wanted to make it difficult for the opposition by picking up wickets as they knew the new players would find it difficult to adjust. Feels that having Bumrah and Malinga in the side makes the job easy for the captain. Credits Mitchell Johnson for picking two crucial wickets in the final over and getting the momentum back in their favour. Also praises the spinners’ performance throughout the season. Feels that winning this trophy was the toughest and it’s special for the way they had to fight for it.
Steven Smith says it’s a hard one to swallow. Mentions he is proud of his team since they are a relatively new franchise. Credits Mumbai for the way they fought tonight and feels 130 was probably a little under par but Mumbai bowled extremely well. States they had some wickets in hand and just 1-2 good overs would have pushed them ahead but Mumbai’s bowlers did extremely well to restrict them. Feels it’s been a fantastic experience to play in the Indian T20 League over the years. Ends by saying it was great fun to captain the side and play some good cricket to get to the finals but he is disappointed not to cross the finish line.
Man of the Match, Krunal Pandya says that he feels blessed to have contributed with the bat in both the knockout games. Adds that as wickets were falling at the other end, he felt of taking on the bowlers in the last couple of overs. Informs that this tournament is all about preparation. Mentions that it’s dream come true for him, playing the Indian T20 League final for the first time and getting the Man of the Match award in it. Credits Nitin Patel (Physio), who helped him in getting fit before the knockouts.
David Warner gets the award for being the highest run-scorer (641 runs) of the season while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is awarded for taking the most wickets (26) in the tenth edition of the Indian T20 League. Ben Stokes is awarded the Man of the Tournament for picking up 12 wickets and scoring 316 runs in 12 games.
Nita Ambani says that her nerves are still rattling. Congratulates all the Mumbai players. Credits Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga to bowl superbly tonight. Adds that the 12th man for the Mumbai has always been their fans and dedicates this third trophy to them.
Two-time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians take on Rising Pune Supergiant in the high-voltage final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
Billed as a ‘Maharashtra Derby’, the summit clash is set to be a bit more than an inter-city battle with huge reputations of big stars at stake.