A riveting, nail-biting finish encounter witnessed in VIVO IPL Season 12 final, ending up with Mumbai Indians lifting the trophy for the record fourth time.
Mumbai Indians, the table toppers, won the toss in the final and amazed everyone with their decision of batting first.
In the previous 12 Season finals, eight times the team winning the toss had won but here the toss appeared to be just as a formality as both the sides got what they desired.
With both the teams set to put their best to the show, Mumbai Indians had a good start with Quinton de Kock getting some big hits.
Now the time when Mumbai Indians needed some handy knocks from coming batsmen on the crease all of them failed, other than Kieron Pollard, who once again proved himself as a big match player.
The West Indies international played a useful knock of 41 in just 25 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes and Mumbai ended up with a total of 149 on board.
For CSK, Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar once again did their job in the respective department of bowling with Deepak Chahar getting the support of Shardul Thakur who in consolidating managed four wickets with two for each.
While chasing a low total in a pressure match, CSK had a flying start by Super Striker of the Match Faf du Plessis, who played a quickie of 26 in just 13 balls, but fell prey to Krunal Pandya in the fourth over.
Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu both again had a poor outing with an indolent strike rate of 57 and 25 respectively and right at the moment, it appeared like Mumbai Indians were back in the game which previously appeared like a one-sided affair.
Shane Watson happened to be a lone ranger in this pressure chase and once again Neeta Ambani’s magical prayer worked for the side as Ishan Kishan’s stunning throw from mid-off made MS Dhoni fall just millimetres short of the crease.
CSK were 82 for 4 in 12.4 overs, consequently, Shane Watson had something different in mind to do and took the match close but had to lose his wicket owing to a confusion with non-striker for the second run and CSK needed just four to win off two balls with Jadeja and Thakur in the Middle.
Shardul Thakur took a double off the penultimate ball to make it two needed from the final delivery, but Lasith Malinga, who had a terrible night previously, redeemed himself at the right moment and took the wicket of Shardul Thakur on the last delivery.
Mumbai Indians won the thriller with just one run spare. Jasprit Bumrah once again played a vital role in restricting the opponents in crucial time, who in his spell of four overs conceded just 14 runs and took two wickets which turned out to be a match-winning performance.
Though this IPL might have ended on a good note, it has surely left some questions open for the teams and the BCCI as well.