MUMBAI INDIANS clinched a dramatic one-run victory against Rising Pune Super giant to win the Indian Premier League. Pune ended second-bottom of the tournament last year and had a mixed start this season under the captaincy of Steve Smith, who was working with legendary wicket-keeper MS Dhoni in his ranks.
Pune’s record buy Ben Stokes made all the difference as the England all-rounder’s showing with the bat and ball was instrumental in the side clinching a play-off berth with nine wins from 14 games.
But the team proved in the first qualifier against Mumbai that they are so much more than just Stokes after teenage spinner Washington Sundar turned out to be the unlikely hero with match-winning figures of 3/16 from his four overs, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu. The death bowling of Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Johnson then proved too much for Pune, as the Australian ensured they could not manage 11 off the last over to give Mumbai a stunning victory, with captain Rohit Sharma paying tribute to the collective nature of the performance. the all suspense game into end by Mumbai Indians winning trophy by 1 run.