Sharma lauds bowlers for record third IPL title
On Sunday (May 21), Mumbai Indians successfully defended 129 in the summit clash, the lowest total by a team batting first in an IPL final, to lift their record third title at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad.
Chasing a modest target of just 130 runs, Rising Pune Supergiant kept wickets at hand but took it deep as they found it tough in the final five overs. That’s when fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson stepped up their game and restricted Pune to 128.
Johnson needed 11 runs to defend in the final over and was smacked for a boundary off the first ball by Manoj Tiwary. But the Australian legend fought back with wickets of Tiwary and Smith off successive deliveries and gave away just five runs in the next three balls to guide his team to a famous victory at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.
“It was a great game of cricket. I’m sure the spectators enjoyed it. To be able to defend a score like this was a brilliant effort, I couldn’t ask for more. Whenever you’re defending a total like that, the first thing you’e to do is believe,” said Rohit Sharma.
“I told the boys if we could do it against KKR (105) there was no way we couldn’t do it here. There was assistance from the pitch too so it was a matter of exploiting the conditions,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“When three overs were left, I had confidence in the bowlers. They’ve always done the job wherever they’ve played. It was about giving freedom to them because they’re the masters and they’ve done it before. I just told them to do whatever they want and set the field accordingly,” the relieved MI skipper added.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com