Chennai beat Mumbai to lift the trophy
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 26th April 2010
The law of averages finally caught up with Mumbai Indians and it came in the crucial final as Chennai Super Kings tamed Mumbai Indians in
its own den to win the title in DLF IPL 3 at the DY Patil Stadium here
Chennai, which lost the final of the inaugural title to Rajasthan Royals, staged a spirited rally to beat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs.
Mumbai was left ruing the chances they missed in the match. The
decision to promote Abhishek Nayar and Harbhajan ahead of Tiwary and
Rayadu was debatable and Tendulkar missed a trick by delaying the
entry of his trump card Kiren Pollard during the chase. There were no
heroics this time from Harbhajan who was promoted ahead of Tiwary and
Rayadu. But Harbhajan missed a straight ball from Raina and was caught
plump in front.
Despite having five stiches in his hand, Tendulkar played a vintage knock but couldn’t finish things off like he wanted. He was dismissed
when trying to force the pace. Suresh Raina picked up a beauty of a
catch to dismiss Saurabh Tiwary. Duminy flattered to deceive. Mumbai
was teetering at the edge when Pollard waded into Bollinger and
smashed him for 22 runs to raise the slim hopes of the homeside.
However soon after, Rayadu was caught in a horrendous mix up with
Pollard and sacrificed his wicket. Dhoni had the last laugh as he
stationed Hayden a little deep and the batsman obliged by smashing
Morkel straight to the fielder and with it went Mumbai’s hopes.
It could be said that Mumbai ‘dropped’ the trophy as Raina, who made
the only half-century in the final, was reprieved twice and the
left-hander made the home-side pay dearly for their mistakes. His
whirlwind knock took the winds out of Mumbai’s sails and along with
captain Dhoni turned the match on its head. Raina’s assault saw
Chennai side garner an amazing 100 runs in the last eight overs. The
Mumbai medium pace attack which was disciplined at the start lost its
nerve in the death overs as Raina sent it to the cleaners.
Though Raina made the significant contribution, it was Dhoni who
started the revival with a superb six off Pollard and scored a
quickfire 22. Morkel flayed 15 off six deliveries as Chennai changed
The slow pitch favoured the spin dominated Chennai attack. R.Ashwin started the trend by bowling a maiden. Shikar Dhewan found Bollinger’s
pace too hot and tamely edged a catch to the wicket-keeper. Abhishek
Nayar walked in and struggled to force the ball off square. Murali
turned the ball appreciably and nearly snared Abhishek but Hayden
spilled a regulation catch at slip. Abhishek survived a few run-out
chances and finally went for a non-existent run and was dimissed. But
the left-hander had consumed too many deliveries which in end made
things rather difficult for rest of the batsmen.