The Chennai Super Kings triumphed by 22 runs against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL final on Sunday.
It was heartbreak for Mumbai after their top-of-the-log campaign, but it’s the performances in the play-offs where it all counts as last year’s finalists Chennai were the better team on the day.
The Super Kings batted first and M Vijay and Matthew Hayden laid a solid platform with a 44-run opening partnership. Suresh Raina then played a match-winning knock, scoring 57* off 35 balls. MS Dohni (22 off 15 balls) and Albie Morkel (15 off 6 balls) also provided valuable contributions at the death to see Chennai finish on 168-5 off their allotted 20 overs.
Mumbai’s chase suffered an early setback with S Dhawan dismissed for a duck, but Sachin Tendulkar and A Nayar settled the innings with a 66-run partnership. However, the rest of the batting line-up failed to fire as only A Rayudu (21) and Kieron Pollard (27) scored over 20.
Once Pollard fell, the Indians’ chances were over and they eventually slumped to 146-9 after their 20 overs.
Chennai Super Kings 168-5 (20 overs)
Suresh Raina 57, M Vijay 26, C Fernando 2-23.
Mumbai Indians 146-9 (20 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 48, Kieron Pollard 27, S Jakati 2-26.
The Chennai Super Kings won by 22 runs
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