Mumbai Indians Win Champions League T20
Full credit should go to Harbhajan Singh and his Mumbai Indians who romped home to a 31 run victory against Royal Challengers, Bangalore to walk away with the ICC Champions League T20 Trophy. They get the handsome trophy and the winners’ cash prize of $ 2.5 million while the runners-up settle for $ 1.5 million.
The Mumbai Indians won the toss and decided to bat first. When they managed 140 in their allotted twenty overs, many felt this would be an easy win for the Royal Challengers who had scored in excess of 200 runs to win their last two matches.
The Royal Challengers failed to cash in on the psychological advantage. Apart from Dilshan, the other batsmen just couldn’t get going. The Chennai pitch suited Harbhajan and young Chahal perfectly and they put immense pressure on the Bangalore batsmen. When Chris Gayle, although to a dodgy LBW decision, and later Virat Kohli were out, the odds tilted in favor of the Mumbai Indians. They displayed great passion in the field to back their tidy bowling.
In my view, the Mumbai Indians used the pitch to their advantage and Harbhajan’s aggressive captaincy gave them the edge. Somehow my favorite team, the Royal Challengers didn't bring quite the same passion they showed to their previous games.It must be said though that both teams did much better than was expected of them at the beginning of the tournament. As always, T20 cricket continues to be exciting and will bring in the crowds.