Opener Lendl Simmons hit 68 and skipper Rohit Sharma made 50 as Mumbai Indians scored an emphatic 41-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the final to win the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday night.
Opener Lendl Simmons hit 68 and skipper Rohit Sharma made 50 as Mumbai Indians scored an emphatic 41-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final to win the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here tonight.
Put in to bat first, Mumbai Indians piled up 202 for five from their 20 overs and then restricted CSK to 161 for eight in their 20 overs to lift the trophy for the second time, having won it earlier in 2013.
Apart from Simmons and Sharma, Kieron Pollard made 36 and Ambati Rayudu hit an unbeaten 36 for Mumbai Indias.
Opener Dwayne Smith was the topscorer for CSK with 57, while Suresh Raina made 28. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni contirbuted 18.
The Mumbai Indians bowlers kept the CSK batsmen in check for the most part, with pace bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan finishing with three for 25 and Lasith Malinga with two for 2, while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh picked up for two for 34.
CSK were the winners in 2010 and 2011 and have figured in the final in six of its eigt editions.
For Mumbai Indians, it has been a remarkable turnaround after starting out in the tournament with four straight losses in the league stage.. They won eight of their remaining ten matches, including five in a row, to storm into the top four, finishing second in the league. It was their third appearance in an IPL final.
Their 2013 win had also come at the same ground and against the same opposition.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians suffered an early setback when they lost opener Parthiv Patel (0) in the first over, run out for a duck off the fifth ball of the innings, with just one on the board, thanks to bit of nimble fielding by Faf du Plessis at mid-on.
But Chennai had little to celebrate for a long time after that as Lendl Simmons and skipper Rohit Sharma added 119 for the scond wicket.
Sharma began with a bang, hitting Mohit Sharma for a six over third man and then a four between slip and third man off consecutive balls, and then another four through cover-point. In all, 16 runs came off that over.
Sharma then struck two consecutive fours in Nehra's next over, a pull towards mid-wicket and then a shot through cover.
At the other end, Simmons hit Ravichandran Ashwin for four and following it up with a six off a low full toss. In the next over, he struck Nehra for four to make it 47 for one at the end of five overs.
In the next over, Simmons hit the first ball from Ravindra Jadeja four four past mid-wicket and followed i tup with a six over mid-off and then a four off a full toss over mid-on off the last two balls. Pawan Negi was brought on, and Simmons cut him for another four.
Sharma, who got strike after a long time, was in fine tough today as he struck Ashwin over mid-wicket for a huge six. At the other end, Simmons was giving the treatment to Negi, lifting him over long-on for a big six.
All the while, the batsmen kept running singles and twos, and by the end of the 10th over, they had 98 for one on the board.
Simmons hit Jadeja for two fours -- a sweep and another shot between point and short third man -- in the next over.
Sharma then struck Dwayne Bravo, brought on for the first time, for a four past point and then another with a straight drive. But Bravo claimed him with the last ball of that over, a slower one. The batsmen was aiming for a big hit but ended up sending the ball straight to Jadeja at long-on. Sharma's 50 was made off 26 balls and included six fours and two sixes.
Dwayne Smith, bowling for the very first time in the tournament, claimed Simmons with his first ball, bowling him with a yorker. His 68 came off 45 balls and included eight fours and three sixes. The two quick wickets brought CSK back into the team.
But Kieron Pollard (36) and Ambati Rayudu (36 not out) added 71 for the fourth wicket before Pollard left in the 19th over. His 36 came off 18 balls and included two fours and three sixes. Hardik Pandya (0) made his exit three balls later, at the same score.
Rayudu's unbeaten 36 came off 24 balls and was studded with three sixes.
Smith and Michael Hussey (4) put on 22 for the first wicket for CSK before the former was joined by Raina and the two added 66 for the second wicket.
Smith made his 57 off 48 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. He left with the total at 88 in the 12th over and Raina followed him at 99 in the 14th.
From then on, CSK lost wickets at regular intervals -- Bravo (9), Dhoni, du Plessis (1), Negi (3) and Ashwin (2). Mohit Sharma remained unbeaten with 21 and Ravindra Jadeja with 11, but the required run rate was way beyond the later batsmen today.
Mumbai Indians (20 overs maximum)
LMP Simmons b Smith 68
PA Patel run out (du Plessis) 0
RG Sharma c Jadeja b Bravo 50
KA Pollard c Raina b Sharma 36
AT Rayudu not out 36
HH Pandya c Raina b Bravo 0
Harbhajan Singh not out 6
Extras (b 1, lb 4, nb 1) 6
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 202
Did not bat: J Suchith, MJ McClenaghan, R Vinay Kumar, SL Malinga
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Patel, 0.5 ov), 2-120 (Sharma, 11.6 ov), 3-120 (Simmons, 12.1 ov), 4-191 (Pollard, 18.5 ov), 5-191 (Pandya, 19.2 ov)
A Nehra 4 0 41 0
MM Sharma 4 0 38 1
R Ashwin 2 0 21 0
RA Jadeja 2 0 26 0
P Negi 2 0 18 0
DJ Bravo 4 0 36 2
DR Smith 2 0 17 1
Chennai Super Kings (target: 203 runs from 20 overs)
DR Smith lbw b Harbhajan Singh 57
MEK Hussey c Suchith b McClenaghan 4
SK Raina st Patel b Harbhajan Singh 28
MS Dhoni b Malinga 18
DJ Bravo c Simmons b McClenaghan 9
P Negi c Pandya b Malinga 3
F du Plessis c Sharma b Vinay Kumar 1
RA Jadeja not out 11
R Ashwin c Suchith b McClenaghan 2
MM Sharma not out 21
Extras (lb 2, w 3, nb 2) 7
Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 161
Did not bat: A Nehra
Fall of wickets 1-22 (Hussey, 4.4 ov), 2-88 (Smith, 11.5 ov), 3-99 (Raina, 13.3 ov), 4-108 (Bravo, 14.3 ov), 5-124 (Dhoni, 15.5 ov), 6-125 (du Plessis, 16.2 ov), 7-134 (Negi, 17.3 ov), 8-137 (Ashwin, 18.2 ov)
SL Malinga 4 0 25 2
MJ McClenaghan 4 0 25 3
R Vinay Kumar 4 0 39 1
HH Pandya 4 0 36 0
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 34 2
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