“During IPL one and two, I did not understand the game at all. But now I love this game of cricket and I love all the fans who come and support Mumbai Indians in huge number,” said Neeta after her team trounced Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
With the Rohit Sharma led side making a remarkable turnaround after starting off disastrously, Neeta said she started to belief of becoming the champions yet again after they beat Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier to enter the finals.
“For us every match has been like a final as we had to win every match. But when we won the last match in Wankehede, that’s when we had the belief that we can win,” said Neeta dedicating the IPL victory to the fans of the team.
Son Akash Ambani credited the players and the support staff for the win.
“We put a lot a lot of effort to make sure we had the right balance of team and have lot of options.A But nine wins out of ten matches is absolutely fantastic. Full credit goes to the boys and the whole team together, he said.
Team mentor Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday asserted there were no self doubts when the team began on a disastrous note in the beginning of the tournament.
“No I don’t think there were any self doubts when we had a bad start because our batting was capable of playing some mega innings. Lasith Malinga has been the leading bowler in all IPLs, So, AIt was about key players getting the momentum. We always had the belief of a turnaround,” Tendulkar said after his side trounced Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs at the Eden Gardens here to lift their second IPL crown.
“We stepped together, worked hard, executed our plans. It was about how we stayed together during tough times,” said the cricket great.
“These are the occasions you play cricket for and it was all about executing your plans,” he said about Mumbai becoming champions again.
Talking about his role in the team, Tendulkar said it was more of giving advises to batsmen when needed.
“The support staff has been doing a good job and as and when I felt something, I would share with the batters. Basically, it was being around and as and when my inputs were required, I was there.A Overall I felt it was terrific turnaround as we did not had best of the starts,” added Tendulkar.
Team chief mentor Anil Kumble credited skipper Rohit Sharma for leading from the front.
“Winning the IPL means a lot. Credit to the boys for the way they played. Rohit led the team from the front and today was an example of that. It’s a fantastic team effort and the credit also goes to the support staff,” said Kumble.
Coach Ricky Ponting said winning the IPL crown was a special moment of his life.
” I told the players before the match that it has been special couple of months in my life and if we can cap off with a win here today then it will be the most memorable one. Full credits to the boys for the way they turned things around,” Ponting said as his the entire Mumbai squad and support staff jumped in joy.
AA far too superior Mumbai Indians crushed Chennai Super Kings under the weight of a daunting asking rate on Sudnay Ato lift the coveted Indian Premier League title for the second time, in a virtual replay of the final between the two sides in 2013 at the same venue Eden Gardens.
Put in to bat, Mumbai gave an awesome batting display to plunder 202/5, and then restricted Chennai to 161/8, finishing with a 41 run victory before a capacity 66,000 plus crowd at the iconic ground.
Chasing the tough target, Chennai Super Kings lost an early wicket and never quite seemed like taking up the challenge,virtually choking Aunder pressure as the asking rate kept mounting. In the end, the battle seemed quite one-sided.
Two years back, Mumbai had defeated Chennai by 23 runs to annex their maiden title at the Eden. Mumbai now have evened with Chennai and Kolkata Knight Riders – each having been crowned champions twice.
Chennai began their reply on the wrong note, as Mike Hussey (4) departed cheaply, but Dwayne Smith (57; 48b, 9×4, 1×6). and Suresh Raina (28; 19b, 3×4, 1×6) set out to repair the damage and take the battle into the opponent camp with a 66-run second wicket stand.
However, veteran office Harbhajan Singh – on a high after his recall to the Indian team – showed the door to Smith, and that proved to be the turning point of the game, as CSK never got going after that.
Wickets tumbled, as Raina became Harbhajan’s victim in the tweaker’s next over, while Dwayne Bravo (9) and skipper M S Dhoni (18) also could not do much.
The dye was cast, and once Dhoni went back in the 16th over, with the score reading 124/5, it was all over. AA
For the winners, Mitchell Mcclenaghan (3/25), Lasith Malings (2/25) and Harbhajan Singh (2/34) were the main wicket takers.
Earlier, , the Mumbai Indians built their innings around two partnerships, as they set an asking rate of 10.15 for Chennai on a flat strip.
A rollicking 119-run second-wicket stand between opener Lendl Simmons (68; 45b, 8×4, 3×6) and skipper Rohit Sharma (50; 26b, 4×6, 6×2) took the team to a position of solidity after the loss of opener Parthiv Patel in the opening over itself.
Kieron Pollard (36; 18b, 2×4, 3×6) and Ambati Rayudu (36; 24b, 3×6) then forged a 71-run partnership for the fourth wicket off only 40 balls to pile on the Chennai Super Kings bowlers’ misery.
Rohit, who has always found Eden a happy hunting ground, went on the offensive from the word go, smacking Mohit Sharma for 16 runs in the second over, before unleashing some exquisite strokes during his stay in the middle.
Caribbean Simmons also played with his characteristic flamboyance, but reached his half century with a somewhat lucky shot, an edge, as Pawan Negi only managed to get his hands to the leather before it slipped out. The batsmen ran two, and Mumbai were 98/1 at the halfway stage.
Dwayne Bravo finally broke the partnership by foxing Rohit with a slower ball. Mumbai were 120/3 in 12 overs. Simmons returned in the very next delivery, yorked by Dwayne Smith.
Rayudu then joined Pollard, who belted Nehra for 23 runs in the 17th over, that included three sixes and one boundary. For Chennai, Dwayne Bravo (2 for 36) was the most successful bowler.