Mumbai Indians overcame a stiff challenge from Rising Pune Supergiant to lay their hand on the IPL trophy for the third time, the most by any franchise in the history of the league.
The Rohit Sharma-led side overcame the jinx just at the right time. After being mauled by the Pune side thrice, Mumbai shot tremendous mental toughness to defend a pea-sized total of 129/8 and snatch a narrow one-run victory on a decisive night. The team was ecstatic and let their emotion out after the win.
Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga received high praises from Sachin Tendulkar, bowling coach Shane Bond, fielding coach Robin Singh and their teammates.
After Krunal Pandya rescued the side from 79/7 with his memorable 47 from just 38 balls, the onus was on the bowlers to perform the task. And, as everyone witnessed, it seemed both Bumrah and Malinga, protege and his master, were ready for the challenge and bowled super effective spells of 2/26 and 0/21, respectively.
Pandya was eventually rewarded with the Man of the Match award for his efforts.
Sachin Tendulkar: Simply amazing. The first half wasn’t great for us. We got together during the break and Mahela gave a nice speech. We believed that we could pull this off. The fielding was great under pressure. I have always believed in the saying, once a champion, always a champion. He (Malinga) has done well for us for a number of years. I was so sure that he was going to do something great tonight. He might not have had a great season, but he is one guy who can change it in one over.
Mitch McClenaghan: I could not sit still. Bumrah. you guys have to realise what a superstar is going to be. Malinga as well was brilliant.
Shane Bond: It was exciting and heart-wrenching all at the same time. We spoke yesterday about the leaders stepping on the field. When the pressure came on, all the leaders stepped up. Just a brilliant young bowler isn’t he. He’s been in pressure situations time and again and at 23, he keeps stepping up.
Robin Singh: Bumrah bowled a superb spell as well as Malinga. The outfield was slow too. Once we got Smith and MS, of course, we got the game.
Vinay Kumar: Yeah it is really great. I got the only game to play. We discussed all our plans. We are very happy.
Ambati Rayudu: I couldn’t contribute much with the bat, but the catch will remain with me (smiles). The pitch was very surprising (referring to the slowness) It’s not even in the centre wicket.
Parthiv Patel: I was batting really well in this season. Unfortunately, I got out early today. I thought before the innings started. They took the game too deep. Our spinners did really well. We played good cricket throughout the tournament. The catch that Rayudu took turned the game around for us. at the end, the result matters.
Nitish Rana: Great experience. Just hope to carry this in the Ranji Trophy. This is my third IPL and my second trophy, can’t get better than that.
Karn Sharma: The team backed me a lot and I am happy that I performed well. We had a plan of not giving boundaries to them.
Lendl Simmons: I thought everyone was really calm. the scoreboard pressure got to them. We bowled well, we fielded well and came out victorious. I think we have a lot of match-winners in out team. One of us has put up their hand up to do the job. Today it was Krunal.
Jasprit Bumrah: The ball was reversing, we needed a wicket at that time. Mahi bhai’s wicket was the crucial wicket because he can be dangerous in these situations. After the first innings, we always wanted to fight because we were short on runs. Our bowling effort was brilliant. After every over we were backing each other that we can still make it.
Kieron Pollard: We have been playing team cricket. We showed the character. Well played to Krunal for the way he batted to keep us in the game.
Krunal Pandya: I just wanted to play 20 overs when wickets were falling at the other end. if I am there till the 19th or 20th over, I can get some big shots.
Hardik Pandya: I really felt the game that we won against Delhi. That gave us belief because we had played like champions.