Pollard, Simmons fail to shine but Mumbai crowned champions

Posted May 30, 2017

Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant in a low-scoring final to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here on Sunday.

Mitchell Johnson had 11 runs to defend in the final over of the match.

Despite ending up on the losing side in a low-scoring IPL final against Mumbai Indians on Sunday night, Pune had a relatively successful campaign, especially after finishing a lowly seventh in their inaugural season previous year. They had previously won in 2013 and 2015. Ambati Rayudu, who started his career at Hyderabad was brilliantly run-out by RPS skipper Steve Smith, who only had one stump to aim at.

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Mumbai went into the match having lost their previous three matches, including Tuesday's qualifier, against Pune this season and the 129-8 they managed on Sunday looked far from an intimidating score. Mitchell Johnson has been bowling really well. With six needed off the last two balls, Johnson bowled full and didn't allow Christian to free his arms.

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Pune openers Ajinkya Rahane (44) and Rahul Tripathi (3) scored 17 runs in the first 13 deliveries before Bumrah (2-26) trapped the latter LBW in the third over.

Any hopes of a Mumbai revival was put off by Adam Zampa's (2-32) two-wicket 11th over where he accounted for both Rohit and Kieron Pollard (7).

Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steven Smith & coach Stephen Fleming in discussion. "160 on this wicket probably would have been a match-winning score", he said. Malinga and Johnson were hit for boundaries before Johnson cameback to caught-out Rahane as Pollard took a well-judged catch.

Sharma, who last played for India in October 2016, missed the Test and ODI series against England, the one-off Test against Bangladesh and could not play in the first two Tests against Australia due to the injury that forced him to travel to London for his treatment.