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Throwback to the IPL 2017 Final: Mumbai’s Extraordinary Win in a Last Ball Thriller

IPL 2017 final

Mumbai Indians had the opportunity to seize their fourth IPL title as they qualified for the final of IPL 2019. In contrast, the other finalists –Rising Pune Supergiants –were playing their last IPL season in 2017. They came into the Indian Premier League for just a couple of seasons, and 2017 was going to be their last one. So they had a golden opportunity to win an IPL trophy and say goodbye to the cash-rich league on a high note.

Keep reading to know what happened in the most thrilling IPL final of all time.

 

Playing XIs

 

Here are the playing XIs of both teams for the final:

 

Mumbai Indians Playing XI

 

  1. Lendl Simmons
  2. Parthiv Patel
  3. Ambati Rayudu
  4. Rohit Sharma
  5. Krunal Pandya
  6. Kieron Pollard
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Karn Sharma
  9. Mitchell Johnson
  10. Jasprit Bumrah
  11. Lasith Malinga

 

Rising Pune Supergiants Playing XI

 

  1. Ajinkya Rahane
  2. Rahul Tripathi
  3. Steven Smith
  4. Manoj Tiwary
  5. MS Dhoni
  6. Daniel Christian
  7. Washington Sundar
  8. Lockie Ferguson
  9. Shardul Thakur
  10. Jaydev Unadkat
  11. Adam Zampa

 

1st Innings Summary

 

After deciding to bat first, Mumbai Indians found themselves in trouble early. The first two overs went for just 7 runs, and then Jaydev Unadkat got the wicket of Parthiv Patel on the first delivery of the third over. Three balls later, the left-arm pacer took a blinder of a catch of his own bowling to send back Lindel Simmons to the dugout. MI were under pressure early after being reduced to 8 for 2.

The batting team could get only 16 runs in the first 5 overs. Rohit Sharma creamed 3 boundaries in the final over of the powerplay to release some pressure. Pune captain Steve Smith ended the 33 Run partnership with a brilliant direct hit to run out Rayudu. Krunal Pandya was promoted to #5, and he was almost run out on the very first ball he faced. He luckily escaped to do something special later on. The left-hander then played a fine Inside out drive in the 10th over to show his intentions. RPS were 56 for 3 at the halfway stage.

Rohit Sharma was batting well at 24 but held out to deep mid-wicket on the first delivery after the break. Kieron Pollard was the next man in, and he Smashed Adam Zampa over long off for a massive 6 to kickstart his innings. He was a dangerous man in the situation, and Steve Smith set a trap for him. He placed a fielder right in front of the sight screen and asked Zampa to bowl full and straight. Pollard went after leggie and ended up hitting the ball straight to that fielder. So Zampa got the wickets of both Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard in the same over.

Hardik Pandya started his innings with three dot balls and then played an eye-pleasing lofted drive over extra cover for a 6. Dan Christian removed him, too, in the 14th over with a sharp inswinger. Then the Australian effected a brilliant run out to leave Mumbai Indians at 79 for 7 in 14.1 overs. It all looked gloomy for the batting team as they struggled to reach a respectable total. Krunal Pandya and Mitchell Johnson gave some hope to their side by stitching a 50-run partnership to set Rising Pune Supergiants a target of 130 in 20 overs. Krunal Pandya was the main man in the stay, scoring 47 runs off 38 balls.

 

2nd Innings Summary

 

Ajinkya Rahane played a classic backfoot punch on the final delivery of the opening over to get the first boundary of the chase. The last delivery of the second over also went for a boundary as Rahul Tripathi tickled a delivery on his pads toward the fine-leg boundary. Mumbai needed an early wicket, and Jasprit Bumrah provided that in the third over by ripping Tripathi’s pad in front of the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane almost followed his opening partner in the next over as he chipped a delivery of Lasith Malinga straight to short cover, where Krunal Pandya grassed the chance.

He made full use of the opportunity and kept scoring runs at will. His 44-run innings came to an end in the 12th over. Mitchell Johnson made the crucial breakthrough as the 54 Run partnership was finally broken. At that stage, the Supergiants were looking rather comfortable in the chase as just 59 more runs were needed from 50 deliveries. MS Dhoni promoted himself to #4 as he and Steve Smith took the game deep.

With 40 needed off 26, The Aussie played an extraordinary switch hit to deposit a delivery from Krunal Pandya into the stands. Jasprit Bumrah picked the crucial wicket of MS Dhoni in the 17th over to inject some life into the game. The next 8 balls went for only 4 runs, and the pressure was mounting on the chasing side. Smith scored a boundary from Lasith Malinga to get his side back into the contest. But the runs were dried again as only 5 runs came in the next 5 balls.

19 runs were needed off the last 8 balls, and Smudge kept the game alive by smashing Bumrah over long off for a 6. He then took 2 runs off the last ball of Bumrah’s spell to bring up his 49-ball half-century. Manoj Tiwary scored a boundary of the first ball of the final over to leave 7 off 5. He got out on the next delivery, but Smith was back on strike. He played an extraordinary inside-out drive but was caught at the extra cover boundary. It was Mitchell Johnson, yet again, who produced the killer blow.

The RPS skipper couldn’t finish the game for his side and had to walk back gutted. The next 2 balls brought 3 runs, leaving 4 to get off the last ball of the match. Dan Christian squeezed the ball into the on-side, but he was run out while running the 3rd run. Mitchell Johnson took 3 wickets for just 26 runs in his 4 overs. Jasprit Bumrah grabbed 2 wickets while giving the same number of runs. Lasith Malinga and Karn Sharma went wicketless but conceded only 21 and 18 runs, respectively, in their quota of 4 overs. Mumbai Indians won the final by just one run and lifted their 4th IPL trophy.

IPL 2017 Champions

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Scorecard

 

Here’s the scorecard of the IPL 2009 final:

 

Mumbai Indians Innings

 

BatsmanRunsBallsStrike Rate4s6s
Lendl Simmons3837.500
Parthiv Patel †4666.6600
Ambati Rayudu12158010
Rohit Sharma (c)2422109.0940
Krunal Pandya4738123.6832
Kieron Pollard73233.3301
Hardik Pandya109111.1101
Karn Sharma152000
Mitchell Johnson131492.8501
Extras8
TOTAL129/8

 

BowlerOversRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Krunal Pandya43107.75
Mitchell Johnson42636.5
Jasprit Bumrah42626.5
Lasith Malinga42105.25
Karn Sharma41804.5

 

Rising Pune Supergiants Innings

 

BatsmanRunsBallsStrike Rate4s6s
Ajinkya Rahane4438115.7850
Rahul Tripathi3837.500
Steven Smith (c)515010222
MS Dhoni †101376.9210
Manoj Tiwary7887.510
Dan Christian4220000
Washington Sundar01000
Extras9
TOTAL128/6

 

BowlerOversRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Jaydev Unadkat41924.75
Washington Sundar41303.25
Shardul Thakur2703.5
Lockie Ferguson221010.5
Adam Zampa43228
Dan Christian43428.5

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