T20 Champions League final : Captain Harbajan leads Mumbai Indians to their first ever T20 Championship win

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T20 Champions League final : Captain Harbajan leads Mumbai Indians to their first ever T20 Championship win

After a month of competitive cricket played across India, the final of the T20 Champions League is here and it’s the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore who have managed to qualify for it. These two teams had to defeat some very tough opponents to get there, and now only this one game stands in their way.

 

Mumbai Indians
v
Royal Challengers
Toss Winner Mumbai Indians
Stadium MA Chidambaram Stadium
Match winner Mumbai Indians won by 31 runs
Man of the Match Harbajan Singh
Competition Nokia T20 Champions League
Date October 9th, 2011

 

The pressure of this encounter was immense and both teams showed some qualify cricket, but in the end it was the Mumbai Indians who came out with the victory and placed their names forever in the history books.

Captain Harbajan Singh won the toss and decided they were going to have a bat first. They lost a few early wickets thanks to some good bowling from the Royal Challengers. But In form batsmen James Franklin played another solid knock for the Mumbai Indians today aiding their cause significantly before he was run out for 41 runs in 29 balls, hitting 2 boundaries and 2 sixes in the process.

After that they lost some quick wickets but a decent cameo from Lasith Malinga down the order made sure they got to 139 runs in their 20 overs losing all their wickets. A fine display by the Royal Challengers on the field today, which helped them restrict the Mumbai Indians to a very modest total.

The best of the bowlers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore was Dirk Nannes who ended up with figures of 14 runs for 1 wicket in his 4 overs.

The Royal Challengers must have been feeling confident about their 140 run target, having chased over 200 runs in both their last 2 games. After some lusty blows from Tilekaratne Dilshan, he was cleaned bowled by international teammate Lasith Malinga for 27 runs.

Soon after Chris Gayle was judged leg-before-wicket to Harbajan Singh leaving the Challengers a little nervous. And when Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal also got dismissed the Mumbai Indians must have known that the game was now theirs to loose.

But they knew they had to bowl well and that is exactly what they did, picking up wickets in regular intervals and restricting the Royal Challengers to only 108 runs all out.

A vintage bowling display from the Mumbai Indians, specially Harbajan Singh who finished with 20 runs for 3 wickets in his 4 overs, playing a big part in this emphatic Mumbai Indians win.

The fans and the players were absolutely delighted with the win, as it now makes the Mumbai Indians the new T20 Champions for the year 2011. The Royal Challengers Bangalore must be heartbroken having come this far only to lose out in the finals. Still they played some glorious cricket throughout the tournament and should be proud of that.

And the Mumbai Indians, after losing some key players to injuries before the tournament, will be very proud of themselves managing to win the T20 Champions League. The celebrations have already started in Mumbai already and will likely go on for quite a while.

 

 

Mumbai Indians innings (20 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
AC Blizzard run out (Aravind/†Arun Karthik) 3 5 4 0 0 75.00
S Kanwar b Nannes 13 20 14 1 1 92.85
AT Rayudu c Gayle b Bhatkal 22 37 21 1 1 104.76
JEC Franklin run out (Agarwal/Nannes) 41 44 29 2 2 141.37
SA Yadav run out (Vettori) 24 17 17 2 1 141.17
KA Pollard c Kohli b Vettori 2 8 5 0 0 40.00
R Sathish c Agarwal b Bhatkal 9 20 9 0 1 100.00
Harbhajan Singh* lbw b Vettori 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
SL Malinga c Aravind b Bhatkal 16 15 11 0 2 145.45
AN Ahmed not out 2 6 4 0 0 50.00
YS Chahal c Gayle b Aravind 2 4 4 0 0 50.00
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (all out; 20 overs; 93 mins) 139 (6.95 runs per over)

 

Fall of wickets1-10 (Blizzard, 1.2 ov), 2-24 (Kanwar, 3.6 ov), 3-65 (Rayudu, 9.2 ov), 4-105 (Yadav, 13.5 ov),5-108 (Franklin, 14.2 ov), 6-109 (Pollard, 15.1 ov), 7-109 (Harbhajan Singh, 15.3 ov), 8-135 (Sathish, 18.3 ov),9-135 (Malinga, 18.4 ov), 10-139 (Chahal, 19.6 ov)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ
TM Dilshan 4 0 34 0 8.50
DP Nannes 4 0 14 1 3.50 (2w)
S Aravind 4 0 33 1 8.25
DL Vettori 4 0 30 2 7.50
RR Bhatkal 3 0 21 3 7.00
CH Gayle 1 0 6 0 6.00 (1w)

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings (target: 140 runs from 20 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
TM Dilshan b Malinga 27 18 20 5 0 135.00
CH Gayle lbw b Harbhajan Singh 5 27 12 1 0 41.66
V Kohli c Blizzard b Harbhajan Singh 11 33 19 1 0 57.89
MA Agarwal c Pollard b Chahal 14 18 19 1 0 73.68
SS Tiwary c Harbhajan Singh b Ahmed 17 36 22 0 1 77.27
KB Arun Karthik c Pollard b Chahal 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
M Kaif c Kanwar b Pollard 3 13 7 0 0 42.85
DL Vettori* st †Rayudu b Harbhajan Singh 1 4 2 0 0 50.00
RR Bhatkal c Sathish b Ahmed 6 19 8 0 0 75.00
S Aravind b Malinga 4 7 4 0 0 100.00
DP Nannes not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 14, nb 1) 20
Total (all out; 19.2 overs; 95 mins) 108 (5.58 runs per over)

 

Fall of wickets1-38 (Dilshan, 4.1 ov), 2-42 (Gayle, 5.6 ov), 3-67 (Agarwal, 10.3 ov), 4-73 (Kohli, 11.5 ov),5-74 (Arun Karthik, 12.5 ov), 6-81 (Kaif, 15.1 ov), 7-92 (Vettori, 16.2 ov), 8-98 (Tiwary, 17.3 ov), 9-108 (Aravind, 18.5 ov),10-108 (Bhatkal, 19.2 ov)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ
SL Malinga 4 0 23 2 5.75 (1nb, 2w)
AN Ahmed 3.2 0 26 2 7.80 (2w)
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 20 3 5.00 (3w)
KA Pollard 4 0 21 1 5.25 (2w)
YS Chahal 3 0 9 2 3.00
JEC Franklin 1 0 4 0 4.00 (1w)

 

 

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