Mumbai Indians on Sunday gave a fitting farewell to Sachin Tendulkar's T20 career by notching up a 33-run victory over Rajasthan Royals to clinch the Champions League Twenty20 title in New Delhi.
Mumbai Indians celebrate victory over Rajasthan Royals during their Champions League Twenty 20 final cricket match at Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Mohd Zakir)
This is the second CLT20 title for the IPL-6 winners, having won the 2011
Chasing a massive 203-run target, Royals folded for 169 even after a fabulous start that saw them scoring 100 runs in nine overs.
Tendulkar and Royals skipper Rahul Dravid, both of whom having announced quitting the T20 game after today's match, were out for low scores.
Despite openers Ajinkya Rahane (65) and Sanju Samson (60) chipping in with quickfire half-centuries, Mumbai Indians bowlers came up with impressive bowling performance towards the fag end of their innings to have the last laugh.
India discard Harbhajan Singh finished with impressive 4-0-32-4 with three wickets coming in just one over, which proved to be the turning point of the match. Kieron Pollard chipped in with three wickets for 31.
From 155 for three in 16 overs, the Royals collapsed dramatically to lose as many as six wickets for just 14 runs.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians batsmen fired in unison to post 202 for six. After a solid start by opener Dwayne Smith (44) and a valuable 33 off 14 balls by skipper Rohit Sharma in the middle, Glenn Maxwell's 14-ball 37 cameo in the end took the IPL champions past 200-run mark.
This was the highest total for the Mumbai Indians, who scored 142 runs in their last 10 overs on Sunday, in the Champions League Twenty20.