IPL: When Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma dialled M for match-winners

Ross Houston
June 4, 2017

When Rising Pune Supergiant batsman Manoj Tiwary smashed a boundary off the first ball of the penultimate over of the IPL 2017 final against Mitchell Johnson, it looked all over for the Mumbai Indians. This is also the first time since 2008 that a team finishing first in the Points Table has lifted the trophy.

Jos Buttler nearly gave his supporters too much of a glimpse into his private life after losing his towel while watching the Mumbai Indians claim the Indian Premier League title on Sunday. Although Rohit and Krunal Pandaya tried to build up a partnership but wickets continued to fall as Rohit departed and was followed by Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Karn Sharma; 4 major wickets had fallen within a span of 23 runs from 56/3 to 79/7.

Mumbai's batting ran into further trouble when Rohit and Pollard (7) fell to Australian leg-spinner Zampa (2/32) in the 11th over to be left at 65/5. Smith, however, created the platform by giving the ball to Daniel Christian who conceded 27 runs in the 18th and 20th overs despite he has the overs left from Shardul Thakur.

Mumbai had also lacked acceleration earlier and finished on a modest total, with Krunal Pandya top-scoring with 47 off 38 deliveries and captain Rohit Sharma getting 24. In this chat for iplt20.com, he briefly reflects on the season and 'keeping to Mitchell Johnson in the crucial last over in the grand finale. They just hung, hung in and created enough pressure to get across the line but it was just a great final. With six needed off the last two balls, Johnson bowled full and didn't allow Christian to free his arms.

The two banned franchises - Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals - are all set to come back in the next edition of the league, having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga.

Jasprit Bumrah took out MS Dhoni in the 17th over. "I'm really happy to have made the comeback".

England and Pune all-rounder Ben Stokes was awarded the most valuable player of the tournament while David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Sunrisers Hyderabad won the orange and purple cap awards respectively.

Ben Stokes gets the Most Valuable Player of the season award. Both the Orange and Pink caps went to Sun Risers Hyderabad with Davind Warner for highest score in the series and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for highest number of wickets.

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