IPL 10: Final, Who Said What: Mumbai Indians v Rising Pune Supergiant
Mumbai prevailed in the last ball thriller by a solitary run.
Updated - May 22, 2017 1:14 am
After 59 gruelling matches in the tournament, the date May 21 ultimately arrived as Mumbai Indians locked horns with the surprise package of the series, Rising Pune Supergiant, in the Finals of the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad. The match lived up to its expectation as it was a cracking contest with the game drifting from one side to another during the entire tenure of the match.
Eventually, it was Mumbai Indians who held their nerves and clinched the trophy by defeating the Supergiant by just a solitary run. Mumbai Indians had no chance after they lost a cluster of wickets upfront and shocked everyone with their reply after winning the toss and elected to bat first. With the match precariously placed at 79-7 for Mumbai Indians, it was Krunal Pandya who stood up when his team needed him the most. He scored a priceless 47 to put his team in such a position such that they could make a match out of it.
Rising Pune Supergiant was below the asking run-rate throughout the course of the innings but must have felt all the pressure in the world after losing the wickets of Rahane and Dhoni. Steve Smith kept his cool as he almost scored a match-winning 51 off 50 balls. It was essentially brilliant bowling from Bumrah and Malinga which brought the Mumbai Indians back in the game.
Mitchell Johnson had to defend 11 runs in 6 balls and was under tremendous pressure when Tiwary hit the ball towards the boundary. However, he held his nerves with 7 needed off the last five deliveries as he picked up the key wickets of Tiwary and Smith. In the end, Rising Pune Supergiant fell heart-breaking short of the required target by just one run. Krunal Pandya was awarded as the man of the match for his outstanding contribution.
Pandya was buoyant about the fact that he contributed for the team when it mattered the most. He was glad about his performance tonight even though wickets kept tumbling at the other end. He signed off by giving credit to Nitin Patel for keeping him fit throughout the tournament.
I really feel great that I contributed in two big games. Wickets fell at the other end when I was batting. So I wanted to bat deep, because the pitch was slow. It’s how you prepare before the start of the tournament. It feels great to be Man of the Match in my first IPL final. I have to give a lot of credit to Nitin Patel for getting me fit in time for the play-offs
Rohit Sharma accepted that he was nervous throughout the game but pulled it off brilliantly in the end. He stated that defending 130 runs only in the finals was an exceptional effort. The skipper stated that the team never stopped believing in themselves till the last ball. Rohit Sharma signed off by expressing that this win would remain special especially after seeing the way the fought
I was quite nervous to be honest, but the guys pulled off a great game. To defend 130 was a great effort. I am very happy. We never needed to change our plan. If you take one wicket, two, three could come. We discussed about that. We bowled great variations. A lot of credit to the bowling unit. When you have bowlers like Bumrah and Malinga in the side, the belief is always there. Our spinners too, throughout the season, have been bowling well. This final will be special for me because of the way the team fought. Hats off to all the guys
Rising Pune Supergiant skipper would believe that they would be hard done by after fighting till the very last ball of the match. Smudge credited the efforts of the opposition for defending the low total. He commended the efforts of Johnson, Malinga, and Bumrah. While signing off, Smith thanked the entire management of
It’s a hard one to swallow. I am proud of the way the boys played throughout the season. A lot of credit should go to Mumbai as well. 130 was an under-par score, but they fought well. They bowled beautifully. I thought Johnson was magnificent. Bumrah and Malinga were very good as well. It’s a wonderful tournament to be part of. I would like to thank the RPS team management
Shane Bond suggested that it wasn’t easy to witness the game sitting out on the benches with game drifting from one side to the another. He was glad that the seniors in the team stepped up when they needed the most.
It was exciting and heart-wrenching all at the same time. We spoke yesterday about the leaders stepping on the field. When the pressure came on, all the leaders stepped up. Just a brilliant young bowler isn’t he. He’s been in pressure situations time and again and at 23, he keeps stepping up.
Jasprit Bumrah suggested that with the ball reversing in the end, the team needed to keep chipping in with wickets. The bowler stated that the bowlers were responsible for bringing Mumbai back into the match.
The ball was reversing, we needed a wicket at that time. Mahi bhai’s wicket was the crucial wicket because he can be dangerous in these situations. After the first innings, we always wanted to fight because we were short on runs. Our bowling effort was brilliant. After every over we were backing each other that we can still make it.