This was an important season for Mumbai Indians. They had failed
to qualify for the knockouts in the previous edition, and had seen Chennai
Super Kings return to the tournament after a two-year ban, and subsequently win
it for a third time, thus becoming joint-most successful side along with Mumbai
Mumbai needed a statement of intent, and they provided that
in one of the more thrilling editions of the tournament. They clashed with
Chennai, again in the final, but this time, the script was different, just
Mumbai won the final by a scarcely-imaginable one run.
Chennai were undone by Lasith Malinga, and the IPL had a new undisputed champion
– it was Mumbai’s fourth title, more than any other side had managed. For
Chennai, the loss could be put down to small margins of luck, but the fact that
it came against their fiercest rivals escaped no one.
There was decent competition elsewhere. Delhi Capitals, under
new owners and a new philosophy, had a markedly improved performance over
previous seasons, finishing third on the league table, before progressing
through till Qualifier 2. The battle for fourth spot was a lot more closely
fought – it was decided on net run-rate, with Sunrisers Hyderabad pipping the
Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, both of whom
finish on equal points with Hyderabad, finished fifth and sixth, while Rajasthan
Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore brought up the rear of the table, with
the Bangalore side once again putting in a particularly disappointing campaign.
Qualifier 1, Chennai, May 7:Chennai Super Kings 131/4
in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 42*, MS Dhoni 37*; Rahul Chahar 2/14) lost to Mumbai
Indians 132/4 in 18.3 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 71*; Imran Tahir 2/33) by 6
wickets. Player of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav.
Eliminator, Visakhapatnam, May 8: Sunrisers Hyderabad 162/8
in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 36, Manish Pandey 30; Keemo Paul 3/32) lost to Delhi
Capitals 165/8 in 19.5 overs (Prithvi Shaw 56, Rishabh Pant 49; Rashid Khan
2/15) by 2 wickets. Player of the Match: Rishabh Pant.
Qualifier 2, Visakhapatnam, May 10:Delhi Capitals
147/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 38; Dwayne Bravo 2/19, Ravindra Jadeja 2/23)
lost to Chennai Super Kings 151/4 in 19 overs (Faf du Plessis 50, Shane
Watson 50; Trent Boult 1/20) by 6 wickets. Player of the Match: Faf du Plessis.
Final, Bengaluru, May 12: Mumbai Indians 149/8in
20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41*; Deepak Chahar 3/26) lost to Chennai Super
Kings 148/7 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 80; Jasprit Bumrah 2/14) by 1 run. Player
of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah.
Orange Cap: David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 692
runs, 12 matches