One run can be the difference between losing and winning as we saw in the finals of the IPL. It was a see-saw battle in the finals of the Indian Premier League as the momentum kept shifting from one team to another. Mumbai Indians had the last laugh though as they won their third title of the IPL and thus became the most successful team in the league so far.
The champions defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run. After batting first Mumbai Indians didn’t get the best of starts as they suffered early blows. They kept losing wickets throughout the innings.
Mumbai Indians didn’t have the impetus they would have liked but a much-needed innings was provided by Krunal Pandya who scored 47 off 38. The southpaw helped his team reach a fighting score of 129.
Rising Pune Supergiant started their innings on a good note and Ajinkya Rahane was looking in good touch, even though they lost Rahul Tripathi early. Rahane helped Smith to take his time and get settled at the crease but when former departed Mumbai Indians put the brakes on the RPS innings even though they were not able to pick up wickets.
Smith and Dhoni found it hard to rotate strike on a consistent basis and that build on the pressure. A required rate of seven was suddenly increased to 10 and then RPS batters were under the pump.
Mumbai experienced pace battery didn’t give anything away as they kept bowling good line and length and also varied their pace which didn’t let the RPS batsmen to score fluently. Asking rate kept taking giant leaps and Smith would have thought that maybe he left it too late to attack.
RPS should have tried to score quickly in the middle as they had the wickets in hand and may be their batter left it to too late and then Mumbai bowled at the right areas as Bumrah and Malinga were once again brilliant with their change of pace and yorkers.
It was one of the closest finals in the history of IPL and in the end, Mumbai was able to hold on to their nerves better as they won the thriller by just one run. Let’s take a look at the tweets of the cricket fraternity after the Mumbai win.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 22, 2017
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 21, 2017
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) May 21, 2017
Feel for our skip @stevesmith49 was a great tournament from him and the Pune team. The should hold their heads up high. ?
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 21, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 21, 2017
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 21, 2017
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 21, 2017
Interesting finals where RPS had more moments of brilliance than MI. But MI won!#GreatFinals
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 21, 2017
What a win! I am speechless. @mipaltan congratulations. I gave you no chance and I was so WRONG. MJ with a brilliant last over
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) May 21, 2017