Mumbai Indians claim IPL title after dramatic finish against Pune

Mumbai Indians claim IPL title after dramatic finish against Pune

Mumbai Indians claim IPL title after dramatic finish against Pune

Rohit also praised Krunal Pandya, who was adjudeged man-of-the-match for his vital 47 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates fall of MS Dhoni's wicket during the final match of IPL 2017 between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 21, 2017.

Supergiant needed 11 runs off the last over but Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiway and top-scorer Steve Smith (51) off successive deliveries after conceding a boundary off the first ball.

Parthiv Patel had the best seat in the house, behind the stumps as Mumbai Indians clinched a one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant in the VIVO IPL 2017 Final in Hyderabad. Earlier, batting first Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa and Daniel Christian, who each claimed two wickets, helped restrict the two-time champions to 129 for eight wickets. We wanted Malinga to be in the fray and we knew somewhere down the line, the experience will count.

Earlier, RPS had lost Rahul Tripathi cheaply for three with the score on 17 in the third over but Smith and opener Ajinkya Rahane (44) put on 54 for the second wicket to revive the innings.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler scored 272 runs in the tournament for Mumbai, while all-rounder Ben Stokes starred for Pune with a maiden Twenty20 century and 12 wickets, but neither was playing in the final after being recalled for the upcoming one-day worldwide series against South Africa. "The last over was very crucial", the Mumbai skipper said. They had previously won in 2013 and 2015.

However, their bowlers then restricted Pune to 128 for six in response, with Dan Christian run out off the final ball as he and Washington Sundar tried to scramble the three runs required to force a super over.

Having led the Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented third IPL title, Rohit Sharma seems to be on cloud nine at the moment.

Later, Krunal and Mitchell Johnson (13 not out) shared a strong 50-run partnership to dig them out of trouble.

With just 11 runs needed in the last over for victory, skipper Rohit Sharma handed over the ball to Australian pacer Johnson.

Asked about Mumbai Indians strategy going into the last over with a set Pune captain Steven Smith at the crease, Rohit said: “There was no specific strategy.

Krunal Pandya was Mumbai's hero with the bat, his 38-ball 47 dragging them from 79 for 7 to an eventual 129 for 8, a total that would enable their bowlers to scrap all the way.

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