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Mumbai Indians win Champions League 2013

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Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013, 1:12 [IST]
 
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New Delhi, Oct 6: Mumbai Indians created history by becoming the first team to win the Champions League twice. In a high-scoring final here on Sunday night, MI defeated Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs.

Scorecard; Highlights

Glenn Maxwell and Harbhajan Singh were the architects of victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla. When Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson were batting, RR were in the hunt to chase down 203. But Harbhajan turned the match in favour of MI with three wickets in one over (17th of the innings). Harbhajan dismissed Rahane and earlier had caught Samson off Pragyan Ojha.

Mumbai Indians win Champions League 2013

With 48 runs needed to win off 24 balls, RR had seven wickets and it was set up for an exciting finish. However, Harbhajan killed that excitement in the space of six deliveries. He first removed Rahane (65) and added Stuart Binny and Kevon Cooper's scalps in the same over. RR, from 155/3 in 16 overs, were bowled out for 169 in 18.5 overs.

RR lost their final 7 wickets for just 14 runs. Rahane and Samson (60, 33 balls, 4x4, 4x6) were magnificent during their 109-run association in 11.1 overs for the

second wicket. The young duo was set to give captain Rahul Dravid a winning farewell but it was not to be. Another T20 retiring legend - Sachin Tendulkar finished on a high with the trophy.

Dravid held himself back and came out to bat only at number eight position. By that time, the game was almost over. His final innings lasted just two balls and was bowled for 1 run by Nathan Coulter-Nile.

MI had won CLT20 under Harbhajan's captaincy in 2011. Now, they have joined Chennai Super Kings in doing a double of IPL and CLT20 titles in same year. CSK had achieved it in 2010.

Rahane won the "Golden Bat" with 288 runs while 41-year-old Pravin Tambe took "Golden Wicket" with 12 scalps. Tambe, who will turn 42 in two days time, presented himself with a double-present.

Maxwell powers MI to 202/6

Million-dollar man Maxwell blasted a 14-ball 37 to catapult Mumbai Indians to a mammoth 202/6 in 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League final.

MI were 60/1 in the first 10 overs but the next 60 balls saw amazing hitting from the batsmen as they plundered 142.

Maxwell smashed four fours and two sixes in his brief and crucial stay at the wicket. He and Dinesh Karthik (15 not out off 5) added 41 runs in 2.2 overs for the sixth wicket.

Dwayne Smith was the top scorer for MI with 44 off 39 with five fours and a six. Captain Rohit Sharma hit 33 off 14.

Tendulkar, in his final T20 game, could only score 15 off 13.

RR win toss, send MI to bat

RR captain Dravid won the toss and put Mumbai Indians into bat.

Both teams made one change each. RR were forced to bring in Sri Lankan Kushal Perera for the injured Brad Hodge. MI brought in Glenn Maxwell for Mitchell Johnson.

Perera arrived from Sri Lankan this afternoon and will be playing the final, his first match of the tournament.

With a dry pitch, spinners might come into play.

This is the last time Dravid and Tendulkar will be playing a T20 game.

Playing XIs

Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik (wicketkeeper), Kushal Perera, Kevon Cooper, Rahul Shukla, Pravin Tambe, Stuart Binny, James Faulkner.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Pragyan Ojha.

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Story first published:  Sunday, October 6, 2013, 20:25 [IST]
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