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Mumbai Indians the masters as challenge fizzles

  • Khurram Habib, Hindustan Times, Chennai
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  • Updated: Oct 10, 2011 02:35 IST
  • Nita Ambani

    Mumbai Indians players celebrate after winning the Champions League Twenty20 trophy after the final match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the MAChidambaram ...

  • Nita Ambani

    Mumbai Indians' team owner Nita Ambani, center right, hugs a player James Franklin as they celebrate their win in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket final ...

  • Harbhajan Singh

    Mumbai Indians' captain Harbhajan Singh celebrates with teammates after their win over Mumbai Indians in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket final match in Chennai.

  • Yuzvendra Chahal

    Mumbai Indians' bowler Yuzvendra Chahal (R) reacts after taking the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Mayank Agarwal during the final match of the Champions ...

  • Mayank Agarwal

    Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Mayank Agarwal bats during the Champions League Twenty20 cricket final match against Mumbai Indians' in Chennai.

  • Virat Kholi

    A pensive RCB batsman Virat Kholi returns to the pavilion after being dismissed during the Champions League Twenty20 final match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ...

  • Harbhajan Singh

    Harbhajan Singh celebrates the dismissal of Chrys Gayle during the Champions League Twenty20 final match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians at the ...

  • Lasith Maling

    Mumbai Indians celebrate the wicket of Dilshan during CLT20 final match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challegers Bangalore at Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.

  • Tillakaratne Dilshan

    RCB's Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot during the Champions League Twenty20 cricket final match against Mumbai Indians' in Chennai.

  • Daniel Vettori

    Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Daniel Vettori successfully appeals to the umpire the dismissal of Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh during the Champions League Twenty20 final ...

Mumbai Indians (MI) finally have a trophy to display on their shelf.

After 10 overs into the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) innings, it seemed distant what with Virat Kohli, with two back-to-back fifties coming into this game, still there and looking good. Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan's flyer had launched them into the chase of a modest 140 and it looked a march for RCB at 67/2.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/101011/10-10-11-metro16c.jpg

But a little while later, the game changed as RCB slumped on a slow MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch on Sunday.

Kohli holed out to Aiden Blizzard at deep midwicket off Harbhajan Singh. Suddenly, the RCB batting started to look shaky with not much experience and form in the middle. Arun Karthik, who'd hit a last ball six to see RCB through to the semifinals, tried a heroic hoick to clear the pressure but was caught at long-off. Mohammed Kaif too fell in similar vein and it was as good as over soon.

Earlier, MI flattered to deceive. The run outs of James Franklin and Surya Kumar Yadav undid the good work done by the them alongwith Ambati Rayudu. And when Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh returned, the former due to impatience and the latter due to lack of judgment of the length.

Malinga rocks
Lasith Malinga provided the late boost and walloped a couple of sixes to give his bowlers a total to bowl at.

The Lankan is pretty matter of fact. Last night, when asked about preparation, he said: "I have no plans. I just want to take wickets." Thankfully he did in his third by getting rid of compatriot Tillakaratne Dilshan. And when Bhajji, through another act of inspiring captaincy, brought himself on and foxed Gayle, MI knew they had a chance.

That RCB bats just kept handing over the game from thereon through some injudicious strokes.

 

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