IPL: When Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma dialled M for match-winners

After Indian opener Rohit Sharma guided Mumbai Indians to yet another Indian Premier League (IPL) title, his wife Ritika Sajdeh has congratulated him and the entire team on bringing the cup back home. Yes, I could happily rely on him when I needed the most. It was clear that the adorable old lady was praying for Mumbai Indians because she was sitting in MI's box, but there was confusion among Twitterattis about who she is.

The left-arm former Australian pacer clinched three wickets giving away just 26 runs. Players from the dugout also sprinted like Usain Bolt towards the pitch, where they celebrated like no other.

Rohit Sharma's men defended their total of 129 for eight in a match that went right down to the last ball in a packed Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. 4 runs were required off the final ball to which Sundar was run out attempting a third run as MI won.

Rising Pune Supergiant chose the enormous occasion of an IPL final to modify the meaning of the original saying and slumped to an embarrassing defeat by a solitary run after having a choke-hold on the match for the most part against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

Ambati Rayudu, who started his career at Hyderabad was brilliantly run-out by RPS skipper Steve Smith, who only had one stump to aim at.

Asked about Mumbai Indians strategy going into the last over with a set Pune captain Steven Smith at the crease, Rohit said: “There was no specific strategy.

The victory was sealed with the final ball of the game, bowled by former Australia worldwide Mitchell Johnson, when Pune could only get two runs when they required four for the win.

India's Jasprit Bumrah (2-26) and Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga (0-21) choked Pune of runs in the final three crucial overs, denying them their target. We couldn't get over the line in the end. "Just disappointing to lose, it wasn't the fairy tale finish we wanted", Smith said.

Manoj Tiwary smashed the first ball for four but was caught off the second, with Smith then caught on the boundary from the next ball. He proved to be a calm and matured captain who led from the front and played a pivotal role in taking the team through.

RPS had needed two big overs at the back-end and though they managed 12 off the 19th, these two ageing warriors summoned all the guile gleaned from years of global cricket to ensure that didn't happen.

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