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Rohit Sharma. (Credits: IPL)

Rohit Sharma, on Sunday, led Mumbai Indians to their fourth IPL title. The Mumbai-based franchise beat Chennai Super Kings by one run to become the first team to win the title four times.  The game lived up to the expectations as it kept the fans glued to the edge of their seats before Mumbai Indians managed to cross the finishing line.

Batting first, Mumbai Indians posted 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. Mumbai kept losing wickets at regular intervals but some handy knocks from the likes of Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard took them to a challenging total which eventually turned out to be just enough in the end.

In reply,  Super Kings 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 5 from three balls. Lasith Malinga then defended the three runs to power Mumbai to a monumental win.

“Throughout the tournament we played some good cricket which was the reason we qualified at the top. We planned to split the tournament into two parts, every thing we did as a team, we got the rewards for them. We have a squad of 25 players, everyone came in at some stage and did the job; the support-staff as well,” a delighted Rohit said after the win.

Rohit and others then celebrated the win to the fullest. Mumbai Indians’ official Twitter account posted a clip showing Rohit and Yuvraj Singh rapping together as they celebrated the win.

Here is the tweet:

An avid cricket lover, I just love this game more than anything. Writing about cricket keeps me closer to the game.