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Watson despair as record-breaking Mumbai win IPL title off final ball

Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga is carried by teammates as they celebrate their win in the VIVO IPL T20 cricket final match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad, India, on May 1. (AP)

Chennai Super Kings loss by 1 run

HYDERABAD, India, May 12, (RTRS): Mumbai Indians became the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League after their bowlers snatched a thrilling one-run victory over three-time champions Chennai Super Kings in an edge-of-the-seat final on Sunday.

 Having posted a modest 149-8, butter-fingered Mumbai found themselves on the brink of defeat but Lasith Malinga conceded just seven runs off the final over to seal Mumbai’s fourth IPL title.

Chennai opener Shane Watson rode his luck to smash the match’s only half-century but his 80 could not prevent his team going down to Mumbai for the fourth time in this year’s IPL.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock smashed four sixes, including three in a Deepak Chahar (3-26) over, in his 29 but Mumbai lost both their openers, including skipper Rohit Sharma, in successive overs after opting to bat.

De Kock fluffed his pull shot off Shardul Thakur, while Deepak Chahar foxed Rohit with a knuckle-ball with Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking both catches.

Boundaries soon dried up and pressure mounted on Mumbai who kept losing wickets in their stop-start innings.

 Leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed a couple to finish as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker while Thakur took a brilliant running catch off his own bowling to dismiss Krunal Pandya.

Krunal’s brother Hardik Pandya (16) did hardly any better but Kieron Pollard smashed three sixes in his 41 not out off 25 balls to help them to a modest total.

Faf du Plessis (26) and Watson survived a couple of mix-ups in an opening stand of 33 when Chennai replied.

IPL Scoreboard

HYDERABAD, India, May 12, (RTRS): Scoreboard at close of play on the first day of final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday:

MUMBAI INDIANS 1st innings

Kock c Dhoni b Thakur………………….29

Sharma c MS Dhoni b Chahar……….15

Suryakumar Yadav b Imran Tahir……15

Ishan c Suresh Raina b Tahir………..23

Krunal c&b Shardul Thakur……………..7

Kieron Pollard not out……………………41

Hardik Pandya lbw Deepak Chahar…16

Rahul c Plessis b Deepak Chahar…….0

McClenaghan run out Faf du Plessis…0

Extras: 0b 0lb 0nb 0pen 3w 3

Total: (20.0 overs)…………………..149-8

Fall of wickets: 1-45 de Kock, 2-45 Sharma, 3-82 Yadav, 4-89 Pandya, 5-101 Kishan, 6-140 Pandya, 7-140 Chahar, 8-141 McClenaghan

Did not bat: Bumrah, Malinga

Bowling: (Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex) Deepak Chahar 4 1 26 3 6.50 1w; Shardul Thakur 4 0 37 2 9.25; Harbhajan Singh 4 0 27 0 6.75 1w; Dwayne Bravo 3 0 24 0 8.00 1w; Imran Tahir 3 0 23 2 7.67; Ravindra Jadeja 2 0 12 0 6.00

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS 1st innings

Plessis st de Kock b Krunal Pandya…26

Watson Run Out Krunal Pandya……..80

Suresh Raina lbw Rahul Chahar……..8

Ambati c Kock b Jasprit Bumrah……….1

MS Dhoni Run Out Ishan Kishan……..2

Dwayne c Kock b Jasprit Bumrah……15

Ravindra Jadeja Not Out…………………5

Thakur lbw Lasith Malinga……………….2

Extras: 5b 0lb 0nb 0pen 4w 9

Total: (20.0 overs)…………………..148-7

Fall of wickets: 1-33 du Plessis, 2-70 Raina, 3-73 Rayudu, 4-82 Dhoni, 5-133 Bravo, 6-146 Watson, 7-148 Thakur

Did not bat: Chahar, Singh, Tahir

Bowling: (Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex) Mitchell McClenaghan 4 0 24 0 6.00 2w; Krunal Pandya 3 0 39 1 13.00; Lasith Malinga 4 0 49 1 12.25 1w; Jasprit Bumrah 4 0 14 2 3.50; Rahul Chahar 4 0 14 1 3.50; Hardik Pandya 1 0 3 0 3.00 1w

Mumbai Indians win by 1 run

Umpire: Nitin Menon, Ian Gould

Video: Nigel Llong

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath

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