MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings lost an IPL final for the third time against Mumbai Indians as the latter became the first team to win the league four times. Mumbai Indians beat the Super Kings by 1 run to become the most successful team in the history of the league.
Chasing 150, Chennai Super Kings made heavy weather of the chase and eventually ended up on 148 for 7. The Super Kings were comfortably placed at 70 for 1 in the tenth over before losing Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni for just 12 runs. Shane Watson did manage to keep Super Kings in contention with a fighting fifty but departed on the fourth ball of the 20th over when his team needed just 4 from three runs. Lasith Malinga then defended the three runs to power Mumbai to a monumental win.
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Earlier in the game, Mumbai Indians scored 149 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. Rohit Sharma’s decision to bat first looked spot on at the start when Quinton de Kock hit Deepak Chahar for three sixes in the third over to set the tone. But the Super Kings struck quickly to remove de Kock and Rohit inside powerplay as Mumbai finished the first six overs on 45 for 2. But some handy knocks from the likes of Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard took Mumbai to a challenging total.
Speaking at the end of the match, MS Dhoni said:
“As a team we had a good season. But we need to go back and reflect. Wasn’t one of those years where we played very good cricket. Middle order never clicked, but somehow we managed. Today was one game we should’ve done slightly better. It was quite a funny game, we were passing the trophy to each other. Both committed mistakes, and eventually the winning team was the one that committed one mistake less. Our bowlers did really well. It was not a 150 wicket, but the bowlers kept us in the hunt. They kept getting wickets when it was really needed. Batting, someone kept chipping in and we kept winning. To be consistent next year, we will have to really think hard. It’s too early to say right now (about next year’s plans). Up next is the World Cup. That’s the first priority. After that, we will chat about CSK. Nothing against the bowlers, but the batsmen could’ve done better. Hopefully yes, we’ll see you next year.”