It was a cracker of a match. Both the teams were evenly balanced. While the Mumbai Indians was led by ‘master blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar, then the Chennai Super Kings by M S Dhoni, who is fresh from winning
the ICC World Cup 2011. But, the team which performed well in all three departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding – on the day of the match wins. And, precisely that’s what happened. Mumbai Indians, who lost the finals at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL-3 edition last year, avenged defeat with stunning performances by their batsmen, bowlers and fielders.
The star of the late night party was Harbhajan Singh, who scalped five of CSK wickets for just 15 runs. The other bowlers, Pollard, Munaf Patel and Mallinga bowled superbly. Yet, it was Pollard’s excellent fielding fetes – taking two brilliant catches of Hussy (at covers) and Badrinath (at long off), which helped Mumbai Indians stun CSK. Chasing the164 target set by Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Super Kings though cruised well with a flying start given by its opener Michel Hussey 47, failed to prevent Mumbai Indian bowlers picking up wickets at regular intervals.
The other batsmen, who chipped in to narrow the asking rate was Badrinath with his swashbuckling 71. Earlier, put into bat by CSK skipper Dhoni, Mumbai Indians lost two quick wickets with just 20-odd runs on
the score-board. But, Rohit Sharma (87) and Andrew Symonds help their team reach a respectable total. Rohit Sharma blasted 87 off 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes/ For CSK, the only successful bowler
Doung Bollinger (2/30) as Mumbai Indians lost just four wickets.