Mumbai Indian rock IPL-8, win Crown

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Kolkata, May 25: Who would have thought that the team that was languishing at the bottom of the table at the start of the tournament would complete one of the most remarkable turnaround in the history of IPL to go on win the title?

It was a final, which seem a replica of the 2013 finale, where same opposition locked horns, at the same venue and getting the same result.

It was one of the easier days for Rohit Sharma and Co when the team was put on to bat by MS Dhoni on a slow turning wicket.

The onslaught was led by Sharma and Lendl Simmons, both of whom hit half-centuries, stunning the two champions to take home the crown.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Dhoni's decision was discussed at length by cricket experts because it was a decision different from the strategy that had worked for CSK during their two previous title wins.

Mumbai Indians posting a mammoth total of more than 200 was a difficult chase for CSK, which never got the thrust to go for the kill.

Chennai opted to have it easy and concentrated on building a platform after losing Michael Hussey early. Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina took their time and looked to consolidate but could only manage 31 runs from the first six overs.

The required run-rate kept escalating and saw Mumbai crushing CSK by 41 runs in a lop sided summit clash at their happy hunting ground.

Chennai have now lost four finals (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) in six appearances.

-NNIS

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