Mumbai win IPL as Chennai crumble

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The Mumbai Indians won their first Indian Premier League title on Sunday, beating the Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs, a margin that would have been much larger were it not for a brisk half century from MS Dhoni at the death.

The Mumbai Indians won their first Indian Premier League title on Sunday, beating the Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs, a margin that would have been much larger were it not for a brisk half century from MS Dhoni at the death.

Chennai, chasing their third IPL trophy, were not on par on the day, and failed to reach the 149 required. They made 125 for nine, with Dhoni unbeaten yet dejected on 63.

Mumbai batted first after winning the toss and recorded 148 for nine, thanks to a half century from Kieron Pollard, who enjoyed a successful campaign. His knock was the top score for his side as they looked less than convincing, with Dwayne Bravo taking four wickets.

The Mumbai top order had little success and fans were denied seeing Sachin Tendulkar yet again as he was still injured. Aside from Pollard, the next best score was 37 from Ambati Rayudu, and they would have been worried that the score would be too low.

But the Chennai batsmen did everything wrong from the get go, and were three for three in no time. Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson did the damage early on, taking two wickets each to destroy the top four.

Aside from Dhoni's 63, which was too little too late, the next best knock was a paltry 18 by Murali Vijay, and there were four ducks in the line up. The Mumbai bowlers worked well as a unit, with everyone taking at least one wicket and Harbhajan Singh bagging two.

Chennai Super Kings: M Hussey, M Vijay, S Raina, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, S Badrinath, DJ Bravo, A Morkel, C Morris, R Ashwin, M Sharma

Mumbai Indians: A Tare, DR Smith, D Karthik, R Sharma, K Pollard, A Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, R Dhawan, M Johnson, L Malinga, P Ojha

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