Mumbai Dominated CSK With 23 Runs Victory To Clinch Maiden IPL Title In 2013

Mumbai Indians clinched their maiden IPL title against CSK, thanks to Kieron Pollard’s heroic 60 off 32 deliveries and a stellar bowling performance.

Here’s a breakdown of how Mumbai’s aggressive approach led them to victory against the Chennai Super Kings in the 2013 IPL final.

Mumbai Dominated CSK With 23 Runs Victory To Clinch Maiden IPL Title In 2013

Chennai Super Kings 125 for 9 (Dhoni 63*, Johnson 2-19, Harbhajan 2-14) were defeated by Mumbai Indians 148 for 9 (Pollard 60*, Bravo 4-42, Morkel 2-12) by a margin of 23 runs.

Kieron Pollard’s heroic 60 off 32 kept the Mumbai Indians bowlers afloat as they assaulted their way to their maiden IPL championship. Pollard batted Mumbai through the innings to push them to 148 even though wickets were dropping at the other end. Mumbai were struggling at 52 for 4 in the tenth over. Then, the batsmen for the Chennai Super Kings were no match for Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson, who yorked and bounced them out.

The two large Indian batsmen for the Super Kings were outwitted by bouncers, their finest batsman was outwitted by a flawless Malinga yorker, and the rest buckled under the strain and their own conservatism. Albie Morkel batted at number eight, followed by MS Dhoni at number seven. In Twenty20, aggressive teams aren’t usually favored because wickets don’t carry as much weight as they should, but in this particular game they did.

For the Super Kings, there were also ample of wickets. As the ball seamed, there were three in the first four overs, and Morkel and Mohit Sharma bowled methodically and intelligently. Super Kings were perhaps just one major wicket away from winning the match when Dinesh Karthik was dismissed in the tenth over. That huge wicket was never to come.

Pollard let up four runs in defense on the opening ball he faced. That was played really nicely. He simply gave a shortish delivery a nudge, but the ball scuttled between mid-off and the bowler. After a 48-run fifth-wicket stand, he lost Ambati Rayudu, but he continued to hit fours and sixes without taking any chances. However, Dwayne Bravo, a fellow countryman, threatened to thwart his intentions.

After 18 overs, Pollard had Mumbai at 129 for 6, and he would have needed 40 more. Bravo prevented Pollard from reaching the strike zone by taking two wickets off the first three deliveries of the final over, which came after a tight Chris Morris over. Pollard sprinted after taking a risky fourth ball that had reached the slip straight on a half-volley. With two balls in hand, Pollard had to take action to improve the score, which was now only 136.

And follow Pollard’s lead. He flicked the first ball, which was a low full toss, for a straight six. Next, a slower ball arrived, pitched on a length, and Pollard threw it away from him. With twelve runs off the final two balls, Mumbai’s analyst pointed out that they had also scored 148 against Super Kings in their opening game. That too, Pollard had scored fifty-seven not out. That was nine years ago.

But something extraordinary would be required this time. When Malinga was asked to bowl the opening over, he produced an amazing performance. First, a swinging yorker got past Michael Hussey’s bat. Then Suresh Raina emerged. A short leg came in backwards. An exact bouncer emerged. Raina looked at third man and fended at it. The catch was taken by the short back leg.

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Mumbai Dominated CSK With 23 Runs Victory To Clinch Maiden IPL Title In 2013

Crisis manager S Badrinath was now despatched by the Super Kings ahead of the stronger players. If Badrinath’s consolidation was limited, he surpassed it when he drove and edged Mitchell Johnson’s wide-length ball through. Dhoni is still absent. After a quick cameo from Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni was forced to leave the field at 36 for 5 in the seventh over. But after losing M Vijay to a bouncer from Johnson and Morkel to a full delivery from Pragyan Ojha, he quickly ran out of batters. With six overs remaining, he was forced to start farming the strike and reject singles.

Even although the game was still in progress, Dhoni’s 63 off 45 came mainly after Mumbai had already lost and did not give them more time to celebrate on the field.

Tendulkar’s Insight On The Glory

Once the Mumbai Indians secured their first IPL championship, Sachin Tendulkar was ecstatic.

After the Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings in the finals, Sachin Tendulkar was ecstatic to finally win their first IPL championship. Moments after his side was declared champions, Tendulkar, who has played for Mumbai for all six IPL seasons, announced his retirement from the competition.

He said to the IPL website, “I have waited for this for six years, and six years is a long time.” “However, there’s always time. We have had the best season ever; we have relished every second we have spent together. It has been very reliable. We wanted to win the trophy this season, and I’m happy we were able to accomplish that.”

When Mumbai last made it to the finals, in 2010, Tendulkar was their captain. That season, as his side won the league table, he was also the tournament’s top hitter. Whoever is the captain, it doesn’t matter as long as we win the trophy, he added. “It was good to reach the final [in 2010], but this year we made it till the end.” You play for that, and Sunday was that moment.”

Tendulkar, who had tendon damage to his wrist and was left out of the winning eleven, was ecstatic with Mumbai’s victory. “Grasping the trophy is an entirely new experience, and I’m excited to celebrate with the team. We’ve put quite a lot of effort into it. We have been able to earn this prize by unwavering work ethic for the past 2.5 months. It’s a beautiful sensation.

Whether this was his final game for Mumbai or if he will play for them in the Champions League T20 is still up in the air.

Fleming On MSD’ Batting Position

“Perfectly happy” with where skipper MS Dhoni batted in the IPL final against Mumbai Indians, coach Stephen Fleming of Chennai Super Kings claimed that the captain batted at No. 7 since he was there to win the game for the team.

The coach of the Chennai Super Kings, Stephen Fleming, declared that he was “perfectly happy” with MS Dhoni’s position at bat in the IPL final against the Mumbai Indians. The skipper chose to play at number seven because he was there to help the team win.

The Super Kings, down 149 at Eden Gardens, lost Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, and S Badrinath within the first ten balls and were 3 for 3. But with the score at 36 and Mumbai in command of the game, captain Dhoni didn’t get to the middle until the seventh over, after they had lost two more wickets to Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja.

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He has a part to perform, Fleming declared. “He was left not out at the end after recovering a pretty poor innings but the strength of the side is that we have key players that come in at key times and if you’ve watched most of the season you would have seen that.” Dhoni was undefeated, but as the wickets kept tumbling and the asking rate continued going up, he ran out of partners. Despite hitting five sixes in his 45-ball 63, the Super Kings were defeated by a margin of 23 runs.

Mumbai Dominated CSK With 23 Runs Victory To Clinch Maiden IPL Title In 2013

Fleming stated, “He’s there to win the game for us.” Other players on our team ought to have put us in a winning position. He had to correct the problem as they didn’t take such action. He entered at that time for that reason. However, I’m quite content with where he batted.”

This season, the Super Kings won more games away from home than any other team, winning 11 of the 16 league games they played. However, after Mumbai Police arrested its top official, Gurunath Meiyappan, their franchise faced off-field problems.

Fleming remarked, “We actually had a pretty good IPL.” Up until the final week, everything went smoothly, but as a team, we performed admirably. Although we tend to be inconsistent, this time around we were arguably the most so, and even though we played well in the semifinal, we still deserved to be at the top.

“I suppose it’s really pleasing for me as a coach that we were able to keep some continuity throughout a protracted and unpredictable competition. We just had a busy week, so we didn’t react as well as we could have. On the field, though, we would have loved to have performed better, so props to Mumbai.”

Like previous year, Super Kings participated in their fourth straight IPL final and their fifth overall, but they were unable to win the trophy. Acknowledging his lackluster performance in this year’s championship game, Fleming was eager to correct the record the next year.

“We performed brilliantly last year and terribly this year, or at least our hitting performance was subpar. Although we’re still happy to have advanced to five of the six finals, we would have preferred to have taken home three or four of the five titles. Although it’s fantastic that we’ve won two, this hurts, and the objective is to find ourselves in a similar circumstance once more and attempt to make things right.”

Fleming showered Mumbai’s bowling with praise, after they bowled Chennai down to 39 for 6 in the eighth over. “I thought [Lasith] Malinga bowled an outstanding spell,” he stated. They were desperate, and he took the fresh ball for them—something he hasn’t done in a long time. It appeared as though they were aware that their score was barely par and they were running out of runs.

“We just had to get through that first spell and it was something in the short break that we talked about and look with Mike Hussey, he got probably one of the best balls of the IPL and that certainly gives any side a lift and he has the same effect on us.”

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