Rising Pune Supergiant fell agonizingly short of lifting their maiden crown as Mumbai Indians delivered a power-packed bowling performance to clinch the 2017 Indian Premier League title. Mumbai Indians had lost to Pune on three occasions this season alone, but it was not to be Pune’s fourth time charm as Mitchell Johnson produced a spectacular final over to see Mumbai Indians seal the coveted title for a record third time.
Pune only needed to score 129 runs off 20 overs to win the big prize but the side faltered in the closing stages of the game due to world-class bowling and fielding exhibited by Mumbai to lose the game by a whisker. Rohit Sharma led his side well as he is now become the only player for Mumbai to feature in three IPL finals.
On a sluggish surface, Mumbai slumped to 62 for 5 after 11 overs. Rohit Sharma scored 24 runs while the rest of top order perished for low scores. Kieron Pollard fell for 7 runs but there was one man standing stall for Mumbai as Krunal Pandya played a match-winning knock after immense pressure to scored 47 runs off 38 balls. Pandya’s knock helped Mumbai register a modest total on the board on a surface that looked slow as spinners were in the game for most part of 40 overs.
Pune lost Rahul Tripathi early in the chase but Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith played well to add 54 runs. Rahane fell six runs of short of a well-deserved half century as Mitchell Johnson provided a crucial breakthrough for Mumbai. The two-time champions put the brakes on the Supergiants as Smith and Dhoni failed to produce any boundaries as the equation was 47 runs needed off 30 balls.
Jaspreet Bumrah showed why he is such a class act in the death overs of the innings. He dismissed Dhoni and kept Smith at bay to see Pune needing 11 runs off the last over. Lasith Malinga and Jaspreet Bumrah bowled superb spells as it was up to Mitchell Johnson to get Mumbai over the line by conceding less than 10 runs in the last over.
Johnson dismissed Tiwary to see Pollard take a crucial catch at long-on as Pune needed 7 runs off 5 balls. He came around the wicket and was trying to bowl full as Steven Smith try to whack a delivery out of the park only to see fielder take a simple catch. The final delivery saw Johnson concede only two runs as Pune fell one-run short of winning the game.