wnol.info August 23 2017

Mitchell Johnson leads Mumbai to IPL title with superb final over

August 23 2017, 11:04 | Van Peters

Rohit Sharma now has to be the most popular figure in Mumbai after he shouldered them to a third Indian Premier League title defeating Rising Pune Supergiant in an epic clash by 1 run.

They started the final over requiring 11 for victory and Manoj Tiwary lashed a boundary before holing out to Pollard at long on for seven off Australian left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson.

Mumbai Indians celebrate after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket final against Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, May 21.

In a match that went right down to the last ball, Mumbai registered a one-run victory in front of packed stands at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. With Smith was Dan Christian, who has played Johnson a number of times. "With a couple of wickets (Tiwary and Smith were dismissed off successive balls), the game came (turned) in our favour". And (Pandya brothers) Hardik and Krunal give us that balance to play with five bowlers because of the way they bat and bowl.

Earlier, Krunal Pandya's 47 off 38 balls lifted Mumbai Indians after a collapse to 79-7 in the 15th over.

While Rising Pune Supergiant have been the nemesis of Mumbai Indians this season, beating them on all three occasions, Mumbai extracted sweet revenge against their opponents by winning the match that matters the most, the grand finale. He was well supported at the end by Mitchell Johnson who remained unbeaten on 13.

Bumrah managed to live up to expectations as he grabbed 20 wickets for his IPL franchise, including two in the final and ended up with an economy rate of 6.50 in the final.

"Every time we've had a good opening partnership we've (MI) always gone on to get the runs".

Mumbai never really recovered from being reduced to eight for two in the third over after Jaydev Unadkat removed both openers, the second wicket coming thanks to a superb catch off his own bowling to get rid of Lendl Simmons. "He's been talking to younger bowlers, sharing his experience, all those things have helped our youngsters", said Sharma. Malinga and Johnson were hit for boundaries before Johnson cameback to caught-out Rahane as Pollard took a well-judged catch.

He was also not picked up for the first two Tests of the four-match series against Australia that followed.

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.

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