Mitchell Johnson leads Mumbai to IPL title with superb final over

Posted May 27, 2017

Mumbai Indian rode on their bowlers' superb display to eke out a close one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant in a low-scoring final to win the IPL title Sunday night. With this win, Mumbai Indians created history by becoming the first team to win three IPL trophies while their captain Rohit Sharma became the first player to win four IPL titles and the first captain to win three IPLs.

Krunal Pandya was Mumbai's hero with the bat, his 38-ball 47 dragging them from 79 for 7 to an eventual 129 for 8, a total that would enable their bowlers to scrap all the way.

Mumbai Indians clinched a thrilling 1-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant to win the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Former Australia global Mitchell Johnson successfully defended 11 off the last over as Mumbai claimed a thrilling victory when Pune youngster Washington Sundar was run out on the final ball of the match.

Rahane took the role of aggressor with Smith biding his time on a tricky surface, but Pollard dived forward to catch the opener off the bowling of Johnson to leave Pune on 71-2 in the 12th over. Bumrah´s two strikes included the big wicket of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10), playing in his seventh IPL final.

Later, Krunal and Mitchell Johnson (13 not out) shared a strong 50-run partnership to take Mumbai to 129/8.

Johnson broke the ice in the 18th over by slamming Daniel Christian for a massive six, Pandya thumped the last ball of the same over for a four.

Smith´s dogged knock went in vain as Pune, who needed 11 in the final over, lost three wickets to Johnson´s left-arm pace and some sharp fielding.

Mumbai Indians' Parthiv (left), skipper Rohit and bowling coach Bond hold MI's three IPL trophies yesterday. "When he had a break after 6 overs, we just got together to be calm and don't overdo". We wanted Malinga to be in the fray and we knew somewhere down the line, the experience will count. If it was not for the brilliance of Krunal Pandya (47), the "blues" would have found it hard to cross 120 and provide some resistance to their nemesis this season. Coulter-Nile, who was part of the Delhi setup a year ago, took 15 wickets in 8 matches for the Knight Riders at an economy rate of 8.04.

But the pressure seemed to get to Supergiant in the last over as Tiwary holed out to long on and Smith threw away his wicket off the next ball while attempting to clear Ambati Rayudu at sweeper cover.