IPL 8 Final MI vs CSK as it happened: Simmons, Rohit power MI to second IPL title

IPL 8 Final MI vs CSK as it happened: Simmons, Rohit power MI to second IPL title

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Rohit Sharma lifts the trophy and the MI players go berserk in celebrations.................................

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Rohit: It's always been good here. I have taken a lot of memories back. I would love to keep performing like this here and entertain the crowd. To bounce back from the situation we were in in the first half I have hardly seen that. It has been a great journey and I couldn't ask for anything more. I was important to show character and we have got guys in the team to do that. We always talked that we have to show character as we are the champion team. All we wanted to do was to concentrate on our processes and forget what's going around. I was important right from game one we keep build momentum but we picked up ourselves really well in the second half and I can not take anything away from the boys.

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Dhoni : They got too many on the board. The first onver was good but the second over wasn't and that's where we gave them the momentum. We were not really to get into the game and then get back. It was a land slide moment. It was a good wickets with no uneven bounce. If we were able to get them to 180 or 185 then the game was on. When it comes to a team effort, I don't think we ever reached 100% effeciency level. But as a team we did well. Losing McCullum just before the knockouts was a big blow. We need to go back tot he drawing board and see where are the areas we need to work on to win the IPL again.

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Shreyas Iyer is named the emerging player of the IPL.

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Rohit Sharma is named the Man of the Match.

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Sachin: I wasn't so nervous. It was just another game for us and that's what we discussed. The support staff was doing a good job. I would share something with the batters, I was there when my inputs were needed. It was a terrific turnaround. We didn't have a good start but it's how you finish that matters. We stuck together and from there on, we started to play good cricket. The bowlers did well and then the batting also picked up. You work hard, get the results and get the confidence in the kitty.

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Jonty: We caught some we dropped some. We saved best ground fielding for the final. 

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Preview: In what could be deja vu from 2013, Eden Gardens will again host Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), who will lock horns for the most coveted domestic prize, the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here on Sunday.

While CSK have won the title twice, MI had clinched it once two years earlier.

File picture of MS Dhoni. BCCI

File picture of MS Dhoni. BCCI

However, the road to the final was not easy for either of the two teams. Mumbai had a disastrous start to their campaign as they lost all of their first four matches.

But just when things looked bleak for the Rohit Sharma-led outfit, the team bounced back with some panache as it won seven of its last nine group games to make it to the title round.

They took along the momentum to the Wankhede stadium -- their home turf -- where they beat CSK by 25 runs in Qualifier 1 and booked a place in the ultimate showdown.

Chennai, on the other hand, had a consistent season as they finished atop the league table with 18 points from 14 games.

But the heavyweights had a slip up enroute to the final, at the Wankhede, but recovered with a very clinical performance against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday night as they outdid Virat Kohli's side by three wickets in Ranchi.

Considering the head to head battles, it is difficult to differentiate between the two franchises with Mumbai having clinched 11 games to CSK's 10.

Thus a battle of the titans await the fans and supporters at Eden on Sunday as each side unleash their full fury to clinch the trophy on a wicket that has fulfilled expectations this tournament.

"It is a different wicket than last year, you want to see a good battle between bat and ball and that is what is happening... very pleased with the pitch," Kohli had said after an earlier game.

However, Eden's pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee refrained from commenting on the fresh strip that will host the two teams, saying, "You will have to decide for yourself whether it is a sporting wicket when the final starts on Sunday."

The strip may, however, be witness to a Caribbean calypso as both sides boast of a top order having swashbuckling willowers from the West Indies.

While it will be Lendl Simmons -- who carved a brilliant 51-ball 65 in Qualifier 1 for Mumbai -- for CSK, Dwayne Smith will open the batting. The Caribbean flavours continue as all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard don the yellow and blue jerseys respectively.

Bravo is also the leading wicket-taker this season with 24 victims from 15 innings.

The other big guns who can step up to make a difference in the big game can be the two skippers, namely Rohit Sharma for MI, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the Super Kings.

One also needs to note that for the former, it has been personally one of the most happy hunting grounds as in the opening game this season he had scored a blistering 98 not out against KKR.

With the leather, both side possess an formidable weaponry, with the likes of Lasith Malinga (MI) and Ashish Nehra (CSK) marshalling the respective departments. And they sure know how to turn things around in a pressure situation.

Will it be the big guns who will make a difference or will the likes of Pawan Negi and Hardik Pandya deliver the goods and become an unlikely hero, one has to wait and watch.

IANS

Updated Date: May 25, 2015 00:38:48 IST

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