IPL 2017 Final: Mumbai Indians (MI) have clinched a thrilling one run victory against spirited Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in IPL 2017 final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The tenth season of the cash-rich cricket league has witnessed several nail biting finishes and the grand finale was nothing short of edge-of-your-seat thriller which was decided off the very last ball of the match that gave Mumbai its third title making it the most successful team of the tournament. Both Kolkata Knight Riders and suspended Chennai Super Kings have won the coveted trophy twice each. RPS, which was playing its maiden final in the second season it featured, was poised to lift the trophy, but MI under the prudent of leadership of Rohit Sharma snatched the victory from the very jaws of defeat. Notably, in the group and knock out stages, Pune defeated Mumbai thrice.
Here are the highlights of the Mumbai Indians vs Pune Supergiant match
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- The high-octane ‘Maharashtra derby’ saw Mumbai Indians batting first after skipper Sharma opted to put runs of the board.
- They were in trouble after Jaydev Unadkat (2-19) dismissed both the openers cheaply to deny them a strong start. The blows were crucial as Parthiv Patel was the top run scorer for the MI this season.
- Mumbai crawled to 56-3 at the halfway stage of their innings when Adam Zampa struck twice in the same over to wreck their hopes of a big total.
- The Australian leg-spinner dismissed Rohit with the first delivery of his over with Shardul Thakur taking a well-judged catch near the ropes and the spinner’s sixth sent back Kieron Pollard.
- Mumbai were reeling at 79-7 but Krunal Pandya top scored for them with a belligerent 47 before falling to the final delivery of the innings.
- Chasing the modest target of 130, Pune got off to a sedate start after losing Rahul Tripathi. Captain Steve Smith and dependable Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship. However, as they looked to play cautiously, the asking rate kept going up.
- Still, they were cruising along nicely till Rahane tried to play a chip shot off a Mitchell Johnson slower delivery, which Kieron Pollard ran from his long-on position, diving forward to take a nice catch.
- Even so, Supergiant looked to have the match in the bag until they lost Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 17th over and slipped to 98-3 as Jasprit Bumrah conceded only three runs in his over.
- Needing 30 off the last three overs, Lasith Malinga gave away only seven runs in the 18th before Smith hit Bumrah for a six in the next over and brought the target down to 11 off the last six balls.
- But the pressure seemed to get to Supergiant in the last over as Tiwary holed out to long on and Smith threw away his wicket off the next ball while attempting to clear Ambati Rayudu at sweeper cover.
- The trio of Jasprit Bumrah (2/26 in 4 overs), Mitchell Johnson (3/26 in 4 overs) and Lasith Malinga (0/21 in 4 overs) were brilliant at the death defending a lowly total of 129/8 as Supergiant were restricted to 128 for 6 at the end.
- It was Johnson, who kept his nerve during the final over where 11 runs were needed. Manoj Tiwary smacked the first one to mid-wicket boundary bringing the equation down to 7 from 5 balls.
- However the next two deliveries turned out to be disaster with both Tiwary and skipper Steve Smith (51, 50 balls) were caught in the deep.
- With four required off final ball and 3 for a Super Over, Dan Christian went for an impossible 3rd run only to be run out and thereafter Mumbai players celebrated like never before.
- Rohit Sharma became the only captain to win a hat-trick of titles. Rohit has in fact won four IPL titles (one for Deccan Chargers in 2009). For former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was yet another final that ended in a defeat — fifth in seven summit clashes.