Mum­bai beat Pune in IPL fi­nal thriller

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HY­DER­ABAD: Mum­bai In­di­ans beat Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giant by a sin­gle run in a grip­ping In­dian Premier League fi­nal on Sun­day to claim their third ti­tle.

Pune cap­tain Steve Smith hit a cru­cial 51 that seemed to put Pune on course for vic­tory in the chase for Mum­bai’s 129-8 in Hy­der­abad.

But he was then one of two wick­ets to fall in straight balls to Smith’s com­pa­triot Mitchell John­son in the fi­nal over and Pune ended on 128-6.

Mum­bai seemed to be strug­gling af­ter open­ers Parthiv Pa­tel and Lendl Sim­mons went in the third over to Pune pace­man Jay­dev Unad­kat. Hardik Pandya smashed 47 — in­clud­ing 37 off three overs — to give Mum­bai a to­tal they could de­fend.

“The key was Steve Smith and MS Dhoni,” said Mum­bai coach Robin Singh.

“And once MS was out we just had to make sure Steve did not get too many chances.”

Mum­bai pre­vi­ously won the IPL, which is mark­ing its 10th an­niver­sary this year, in 2013 and 2015. AFP

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Mum­bai In­di­ans crick­eters cel­e­brate their vic­tory against Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giant in the IPL fi­nal on Sun­day.

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