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Mumbai Indians clinched their first IPL Trophy as they defeated Chennai Super Kings by a convincing 23-run margin in the Pepsi IPL 2013 final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday night. Batting first, MI posted 148 after opting to bat first before their bowlers restricted CSK to 125.
Ravindra Jadeja (0) was caught in the deep by Kieron Pollard off Harbhajan Singh as CSK lost half their side for 36. The collapse continued as Vijay (18) miscued a pull shot off Johnson to be caught byRohit Sharma.Albie Morkel launched Harbhajan for a six in the ninth over. CSK at the halfway stage were 54 for 6, still requiring 95 more.
Ojha, introduced into the attack in the eleventh over, bowled Morkel (10) with his sixth ball before Harbhajan had Chris Morris (0) edge one to the keeper to leave CSK eight down in the twelfth over. MS Dhoni slapped Ojha for a six in the 13th over before launching another one in the 15th. Needing 66 from 30 balls, Dhoni smashed Pollard for a six. Ravichandran Ashwin (9) fell in the 18th over, caught off Pollard to all but knockout CSK’s hopes. Dhoni hit a couple of sixes in the final over but CSK eventually fell 23 runs short.
Earlier, MI won the toss and elected to bat. MI were rocked early as Mohit Sharma struck in the first over trapping Smith (4) leg before. Aditya Tare (0) followed him with Morkel landing a toe-crusher to break his leg stump. It only got worse as Rohit Sharma was caught and bowled by Morkel to leave MI reeling at 16 for 3 in the fourth over. Karthik was given a reprieve on 13 when Bravo put him down off Mohit Sharma. Ambati Rayudu showed some fight hitting two boundaries off Morkel in the sixth over.
Karthik (21) dragged a Chris Morris delivery back onto his leg-stump to leave MI four down at the half-way stage. Pollard smashed Ashwin for a six in the twelfth over before hitting two boundaries off Jadeja in the 15th. Bravo then knocked over Rayudu’s (37) stump. Harbhajan Singh hit three boundaries off Bravo before holing out to Hussey. Rishi Dhawan (3) was then run out in the 19th over. Bravo had Johnson (1) and Malinga (0) caught behind before Pollard (60*) smoked a couple of sixes in the last over to help MI reach 148 for 9.
Man-of-the-Match: Kieron Pollard
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 148 for 9 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 60*, Dwayne Bravo 4-42) defeated Chennai Super Kings 125 for 9 in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 63*, Harbhajan Singh 2-14) by 23 runs.
Mumbai Indians made it to their second IPL final with a four-wicket win overRajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. MI will now face CSK in the Final of Pepsi IPL 2013 on Sunday.
Chasing 166, Aditya Tare hooked James Faulkner for a six to get MI rolling. Tare then hit consecutive boundaries off Shane Watson in the fourth over. Runs continued to flow as Tare andDwayne Smith picked up a boundary each off Faulkner in the sixth over.
Dinesh Karthik smashed consecutive boundaries off Cooper as MI plundered 16 runs from the 12th over. Smith brought up his fourth fifty of the Pepsi IPL 2013 with a six off Faulkner in the 13th over. Smith continued his assault launching Watson into the stands in the following over. Karthik (22) slashed Cooper straight toAjinkya Rahane at point to give RR their second wicket in the 15th over.
Needing 40 from 30 balls, Trivedi bowled Rohit Sharma (2) in the 16th over. Smith (62) was then caught by Viswanath off Binny before Kieron Pollard hit a six in the seventeenth over. Needing 26 from the last three overs, Pollard (11) holed out off Faulkner.Ambati Rayudu slammed a six before Brad Hodge dropped him, leaving MI to score 8 off the last over. Watson bowled Rayudu (17) but MI reached the target with a ball remaining thanks to boundaries from Rishi Dhawan (4*) andHarbhajan Singh (6*).
Earlier the start of the match was delayed by an hour due to wet outfield. RR won the toss and elected to bat. Rahul Dravid dismissed Mitchell Johnson for consecutive boundaries in the third over. Rahane joined in with two boundaries off Johnson before Dravid smashed consecutive balls to the fence off Pragyan Ojha. Harbhajan Singh got the breakthrough bowling Rahane (21) in the seventh over. Harbhajan struck again having Watson (6) caught, top edging a sweep in his next over. Viswanath (0) departed soon after caught by Harbhajan off Lasith Malinga in the tenth over.
Stuart Binny stepped down the track and launched Ojha for a six before hitting a boundary. Dravid (43) chipped Harbhajan to Sharma at short mid-wicket to leave RR four down at the start of the 13th over. Pollard then struck twice having Binny (27) caught by Harbhajan before Cooper (4) was caught by Smith. Dishant Yagnik smashed two boundaries off Ojha in the 18th over before Malinga lost his direction and conceded 18 runs in the last over – courtesy a few lusty blows from Yagnik (31*) and wide deliveries. RR finished their 20 overs at a competitive 165 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Harbhajan Singh
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 165 for 6 in 20 overs (Rahul Dravid 43, Harbhajan Singh 3-23) lost to Mumbai Indians 169 for 6 in 19.5 overs (Dwayne Smith 62, Kevoon Cooper 2-33) by four wickets.