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Ipl 2018
Bowlers help Mumbai Indians win maiden IPL title
Mumbai Indians outplayed the Chennai Super Kings to lift their first IPL title Sunday at Eden Gardens. Mumbai Indians put up a target of 148 runs on the board, which Super Kings were expected to surpass with their menacing batting line up. But, the Mumbai Indian bowlers got everything right from the first ball of their innings, while the CSK batsmen faltered.

With the Mumbai score reading 52 runs for the loss of four wickets, the Kings must have already drawn a picture of lifting the IPL 2013 trophy. Things looked bleak for Mumbai Indians with their key players, Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Smith not troubling the scorers too much. But, Kieron Pollard had some other plans as he scored 60 runs from 32 balls, thus helping the Mumbai put up a decent total. One also needs to mention the name of Rayudu and Pollard, who were the highest scorers in their innings with the former scoring 37 runs.

But, it was Mumbai Indians’ bowling that made the difference. It was a wise decision by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma to open the bowling with Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson, their two best bowlers. They were aware of the fact that if they had any chances of winning the finals, they had to get early breakthroughs.

And how well did these bowlers respond can be understood from this: Kings lost three wickets for just three runs. This was probably one of the worst starts by CSK in the whole tournament. Wickets began to fall at regular intervals, which did not help CSK's cause. With wickets tumbling all around the CSK opener Murli Vijay also lost his way in the eighth over, with score reading 39 runs for the loss of six wickets.

It was an uphill task from here, even the best finisher of a cricket match, MS Dhoni and also the skipper of CSK could not help his team win the match. Wickets fell around him like a pack of cards. Had there been any batsman who would have supported the skipper, things could have turned out different. May be! Still, Dhoni threw everything but the kitchen sink in the final overs of the game hitting five sixes in his score of 63 runs, which was the highest score of the IPL, but for a losing side.

It was a combined bowling effort by the Mumbai Indians, where each bowler played his part perfectly well. Malinga and Johnson's devastating opening spell opened the floodgates for a Mumbai Indians victory. It was followed by Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha who took two and one wicket respectively. It was a well deserved victory for Mumbai Indians, who showed a strong character in the sixth edition of IPL.

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