Chennai won the IPL finals in style, defeating Mumbai on their home ground at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday.
Doug Bollinger cramped Shikhar Dhawan up for room and the southpaw edged it to Dhoni behind the stumps. Big blow for Mumbai.
Abhishek Nayar failed to beat a Dhoni throw while Harbhajan Singh, sent to push the run-rate, perished to Suresh Raina. Two blows in the 12th over and Chennai are firmly in command.
MS Dhoni found his target and broke a 66 run partnership between Abhishek Nayar and Sachin Tendulkar. Nayar never looked like making his ground back.
Shadab Jakati snapped up Sachin Tendulkar and Saurab Tiwary to put Mumbai in big trouble. As of now, Chennai look favourites to lift the trophy.
Another stunner from Suresh Raina. JP Duminy goes and Muralitharan bags a wicket. Chennai are now certain to win the IPL but in comes Kieron Pollard.
What a turnaround this is. Rayudu sacrificed his wicket to save a marauding Pollard but the Trinidadian fell the very next ball. Chennai are favourites.
Chennai are 168 for five
Suresh Raina’s fifty and a cameo from MS Dhoni steered Chennai to a challenging total against Mumbai in the IPL final.
It wasn’t the best time for Murali Vijay to get out. Hayden was not looking too good at the other end and all Vijay did after scoring 26 was to loft Dilhara Fernando. Easy chance for Saurabh Tiwary at deep square leg.
Murali Vijay and now Matthew Hayden. Both Chennai openers are now back in the dug-out. Hayden was deceived by a slower one from Pollard and Rayudu kept his cool under pressure behind the wickets.
Raina and MS Dhoni took charge in the middle. Boundaries flew thick and fast as Mumbai look a little rattled.
MS Dhoni cracked 22 quick runs before departing to Zaheer Khan while Raina blasted the fastest fifty in an IPL final to keep Chennai on track for a good total.
Albie Morkel tried to bring Raina back on track but
Chennai have won the toss and decided to bat against Mumbai in the finals of the third edition of the Indian Premier League.
The good news for Mumbai is that Sachin Tendulkar has been declared to play after splitting his web during the semi-finals agaisnt Bangalore. Harbhajan Singh broke the news to an on-field anchor and the crowd went wild.
After a scintillating closing ceremony where Bipasha Basu set the mercury soaring, the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai is ready to see two evenly matched teams clash for the ultimate honours amidst all the glitz and glamour- the IPL championship.
Mumbai were on a sensational run right though the tournament, winning 11 of their 15 games so far. Chennai, at one point in the tournment, never looked like being in contention for the semis but Murali Vijay unleashed some stunning cricket to help the Yellows make it to their second finals.
It will be a cracker of a night. Dhoni vs Tendulkar. The crowd will be rooting for their local hero and by the noises being made, Chennai will have to deal with a rather packed stadium, gunning for the hosts.
Chennai: ML Hayden, M Vijay, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), JA Morkel, S Badrinath, S Anirudha, R Ashwin, SB Jakati, DE Bollinger, M Muralitharan
Mumbai: SR Tendulkar (Captain), S Dhawan, SS Tiwary, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu (WK), JP Duminy, AM Nayar, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, CRD Fernando, SL Malinga