Nihal Koshie. Mumbai
Kieron Pollard threatened to take the
game away from Chennai Super Kings
with a late surge but even his big-hitting
wasn’t good enough.
After dominating the league stage
with 10 wins in 14 matches, Mumbai In-
dians stumbled when it mattered most
as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai
Super Kings beat the hosts by 22 runs
in the final to lift the IPL 3 trophy at
the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday night.
Couple of seasons ago, Dhoni could
only watch as Yusuf Pathan’s quickfire
half-century and the plucky Shane
Warne and Sohail Tanveer stole the
game in the final.
This time the India & CSK captain
wasn’t to be outdone.
Mumbai Indians had a bad day on the
field and then made the mistake of
till the very end
when the job be-
came next to
But the burly
lard’s 27 off 10,
fours and two
took Mumbai to
lard was carry-
ing on his blitzkrieg, Dhoni positioned
Matthew Hayden on the edge of the cir-
cle at mid-off after a careful survey of
the field. Albie Morkel was whacked
and Hayden dived and slid to hold onto
a sharp chance. Dhoni ran down the
wicket and pumped his fist in joy.
Pollard had just hit Chennai’s most
consistent bowler, Doug Bollinger, for
22 runs in the 18th over. Hayden would-
n’t have taken a more valuable catch
since his retirement from internation-
Mumbai skipper Sachin Tendulkar
didn’t put a foot wrong on the day while
batting. His determination to play in
spite of the stitches on his finger spoke
of how badly he wanted this title.
He made a brave effort to bat through
the innings but fell when trying to force
However, he could still be faulted for
giving his trump card Pollard too steep
a challenge. The all-rounder bats lower
down the order for Trinidad and Toba-
go and has done the same for Mumbai
but holding him back till the 18th over
even after Harbhajan Singh failed at
No.4 made little sense.
Raina did wonderfully