Match 60(IPL3 FINAL): Big cheers, chants of Sachin, Sachin reverberated across the ground when Sachin walked onto the field for the toss and 3 hours later the DY Patil stadium was stunned into silence as the men in yellow walked away with the top honours. MS Dhoni’s captaincy overshadowed the bravado of Sachin Tendulkar in the big final on Sunday. With this win MSD has added another feather to his captaincy hat. First he started the turnaround for his team with the bat and then he was spot on with his captaincy against a formidable Mumbai Indians attack. Suresh Raina capitalized on the two dropped catches to score 57 which is the highest in an IPL final. 58 runs were scored in the first 10 and 110 runs came off the last 10 which was where Mumbai Indians lost the match. Had Kieron Pollard come up the order maybe the men in blue would have ended up on the winning side. But it was the Super Kings who came up trumps by 22 runs in what was a cracker of a game.
Mumbai Indians Innings
Chasing 169 in a big Final was always going to be tough and a maiden from Ashwin to begin with didn’t help one bit. Shikhar Dhawan faced 7 balls for no run and finally capitulated to Bollinger’s back off a length delivery in the 2nd over. Abhishek Nayar got a promotion but he couldn’t get going. Chennai had numerous chances to run Nayar and Sachin out but they couldn’t manage to hit the stumps in time. Mumbai reached 33/1 in their 6. Nayar broke the shackles by smashing back to back 6’s off Jakati’s first over but Nayar’s luck finally ran out when Dhoni hit the stumps in the 12th over. Mumbai Indians think tank surprised everyone by sending in Harbhajan Singh at no 4 but that didn’t work out as he was unlucky to be adjudged lbw off Raina. Raina could have got the big wicket of Sachin had Rudi Kurtzen raised his finger. but luckily for SuperKings Sachin got out in the next over trying to hit Jakati out of the park. Then Raina took a superb catch to send back Tiwary for a duck in the same over.
The double blow set back the chase but what was bewildering to see was that Duminy came out and not the big man Pollard. Duminy managed to get only 6 of 7 balls before Jakati took a good catch at deep midwicket. 55 runs were needed of the last 3 overs when Pollard walked in. He smashed 22 runs off Bollinger’s over giving some hope to the crowd. Morkel bowled a very tight 19th over and Dhoni made an excellent move to keep the mid-off up in the circle and also a long on almost behind him. Pollard hit a catch straight to Hayden at mid off which just highlighted which captain had got it right on the night. In the end Mumbai Indians fell short by 23 runs. PHOTOS
Chennai Super Kings Innings
Big cheers, chants of Sachin, Sachin reverberated across the ground when Sachin walked onto the field for the toss putting an end to the Million Dollar question of whether he would play or not given that he had split the webbing of his right hand in the semi-final. Both Mumbai and Chennai went into the big final unchanged. Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first on a track which had something for the bowlers.
Vijay and Hayden made a quiet start getting only 40 runs in the powerplay which was the slowest for an IPL final (Mumbai Indians got off to an even slower start later).First wicket of the evening fell when Murali Vijay tried to loft a slower ball from Dilhara and Tiwary did the rest. Yet another slower ball from Pollard ended Hayden’s misery for 17 from 31 balls. Chennai meandered to 58/2 in the first 10 overs. Dilhara – Malinga combination brought an end to Badrinath’s short stay at the wicket. In came the captain Cool Dhoni who along with Badrinath had a big job on hands if SuperKings had to get to a decent total in this all important final. Dhoni upped the ante by smashing Pollard for a 6 and a 4 in the 13th over. Game changing moment came in the 15th over when both Dilhara and Abhishek Nayar came running in but none went for the catch and Raina was let off on 13(13) and the bowler was Zaheer. He had a chance to make up for the lapse in the previous over but he spilt a straightforward chance to again let off Raina on 28(18). Raina took maximum advantage of the dropped catches as he stepped on the gas and turned things around for Chennai.
Dhoni perished trying to get some quick runs as Dilhara finally took one catch. That didn’t stop Raina from hitting the big shots as he raced to 57 in 35 balls which included 3 4’s and 3 DLF maximums. 58 runs came of the first 10 overs while 60 came of the last 5 which helped Chennai post 168 on the board which proved to be too much in the end for Mumbai Indians. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Suresh Raina
Under-23 success of the tournament: Sourabh Tiwary
Orange Cap: Sachin Tendulkar
Purple Cap: Pragyan Ojha
DLF golden player: Sachin Tendulkar
IPL3 has been the best of the 3 seasons by a big margin for the only reason that we had to wait for the 55th match to know who the 3rd and 4th semi finalists were. After 45 days of closely contested 59 matches it finally came down to this day to see who would emerge the champions of this year’s IPL. But before we got down to the game there was this closing ceremony which the capacity crowd at the DY Patil Stadium in the outskirts of Mumbai were waiting with bated breath. For once we had an all Indian star cast performing. . Psychedelic Pink Floyd-like sounds accompanied with laser lights kicked things off before fireworks lit the sky. The crowd was then treated to AR Rahman’s Chale Chalo from Lagaan. Bipasha Basu then did some rounds in a hovercraft before she made her way onto the stage and performed to the title song of Race. All the best was the song everyone in the stadium was grooving to, and all the best it is, to MI & CSK tonight! Shahid Kapur then made his way out in the middle and showed his “Badmaash” side. Rahman was back with his Oscar-winning number ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire.The ceremony ended with another rendition of Rahman’s Vande Mataram.