2010 Indian Premier League Final
|Event||2010 Indian Premier League|
|Chennai Super Kings won by 22 runs|
|Date||25 April 2010|
|Venue||DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai|
Simon Taufel (Australia)|
Rudi Koertzen (South Africa)
The 2010 Indian Premier League Final was a day/night Twenty20 cricket match played between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians on 25 April 2010 at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai to determine the winner of the 2010 Indian Premier League, an annual professional Twenty20 cricket league in India. It ended as the Super Kings defeated the Indians by 22 runs.
The Indians, captained by Sachin Tendulkar, topped the group stage table with 10 wins in 14 matches, whereas the Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, stood at the third position with 7 wins in 14. They had defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Deccan Chargers respectively in the semi-finals.
Mumbai Indians qualified for the first time in their Indian Premier League history while it was the second time for Chennai Super Kings in three years. Super Kings qualified for the final at 2008 Indian Premier League where they lost to Rajasthan Royals by three wickets in a last ball thriller.
Winning the toss, Super Kings' captain MS Dhoni opted to bat first. The Super Kings scored 168 runs in 20 overs with a loss of 5 wickets. Batting at number three, Suresh Raina top scored for the Super Kings with an unbeaten 57 runs off 35 balls. Skipper Dhoni scored 22 and a late cameo of 15 from Albie Morkel helped Super Kings to reach the total. Indians' bowler Dilhara Fernando took two wickets for 23 runs. The Indians failed to build a good opening partnership with their opener Shikhar Dhawan got out at 1 run. However partnership of 67 runs in second wicket showed light of hope to the Indians. But after the end of that partnership all hope went down for Indians. 48 runs from skipper Sachin Tendulkar and a 27 off 10 balls cameo from Kieron Pollard wasn't enough to reach the target of 169. They scored 146 in the allotted 20 overs with a loss of 9 wickets. Shadab Jakati got 2 wickets and Muttiah Muralidharan, Doug Bollinger, Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel got 1 wicket each. Super Kings won the match by 22 runs to win their first Indian Premier League Title. Suresh Raina was awarded the man of the match for his knock of unbeaten 57 and a wicket.
Route to the Final
The Super Kings' campaign started with a loss against the defending champion Deccan Chargers. But they went to win their next two matches against Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils respectively. But then they lost their way. They lost four consecutive matches against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers, Indians and Rajasthan Royals. Though the loss against Kings XI came in a Super-Over after the match ended in a tie. But from then they went to win three consecutive matches against Royal Challengers, Indians and Royals. But then they again lost to Chargers at their next match. However they won two of their last three matches including their last match of group stage which led them to the knockout stage.
While on the other hand campaign for Mumbai Indians was like a bed of roses. They won seven out the their first with the only defeat came into their third match against the Royal Challengers. But after this start they won three and lost three of their last six matches. However 20 points from 10 wins in 14 matches were more than enough for them to be the points table topper as their closest team at the points table, Deccan Chargers had 16 points in their bag.
The two teams faced each other in two matches of the group stage, Indians and Super Kings won 1 each. Both the Super Kings and Indians played at the DY Patil Stadium for the first time in the finals.
The Indians played the fourth placed team Royal Challengers in the first semi-final. The Indians won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indians didn't have a good opening partnership. Opener and skipper Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed at 11 runs. The other opener Shikhar Dhawan got out at 29. But middle order batsmen Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu scored 52 and 40 respectively. Lower order batsman Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten cameo of 33 from 13 balls to take the score to 184 for 5 in 20 overs. Dale Steyn took two wickets for 43 runs. In reply Royal Challengers were never comfortable in chasing down Indians' 184. They lost wickets in regular break and could finally score 149 for 9 wickets falling short by 35 runs. Ross Taylor scored the highest 31 runs for the Royal Challengers. Kieron Pollard took three wickets for 17 runs. Mumbai won the match by 35 runs and qualified for the final while Royal Challengers were eliminated from the tournament as a result of this match. Royal Challengers also got a place in the third-place playoff match. Kieron Pollard was named the man of the match.
In the second semi-final, Super Kings played the Chargers. The Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first, But they made slow star from the starting also they lost their first three wickets in 29 runs. But later on contributions of 37 and 30 from middle order batsmen Subramaniam Badrinath and skipper Dhoni rescued Super Kings and helped to build up their innings. In later part of the innings a cameo of 24 runs from Srikkanth Anirudha helped Super Kings post a total of 142 for 7 on the board. Ryan Harris took three wickets for 29 runs. To chase down 142, the chargers started very slow. They lost their first wicket at 19 runs with skipper Adam Gilchrist departing after scoring 15 runs. Then they started losing wickets on regular interval. With this going on the Chargers lost all their wickets for 104 run in 19.2 overs. Andrew Symonds scored 23 runs which was the highest in Chargers innings. Super Kings bowler Doug Bollinger took four wickets for 13 runs in 4 over and was also named the man of the match. Chennai won the match by 38 runs and advanced to the final while Chargers were eliminated from the tournament and had to play the third-place playoff where their opponent was the Royal Challengers.
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