Mumbai ,By Kabir Ali
The Mumbai Indians were crowned champions of Pepsi IPL 2015 after they registered a resounding victory over the Chennai Super Kings in the title-clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rohit Sharma kept his love affair with the venue after he blitzed his way to a half-century first up and then ended the day lifting the coveted IPL Trophy. After setting CSK a target of 203, the MI bowlers kept striking at regular intervals, took all the opportunities that came their way and restricted their opponents to 161-8 to win by 41 runs.
After being put in to bat, MI were pushed on the backfoot in the first over when Faf du Plessis pulled off a sensational run out to dismiss the opener Parthiv Patel. However, the reliable Lendl Simmons and skipper Rohit Sharma snatched the initiative back in spectacular fashion, attacking the CSK bowlers relentlessly.
Both batsmen kept finding the fence every over until they were together at the crease. From 1 for 1 at the end of the first over, MI recovered to finish the Powerplay overs at 61 for 1; Simmons had scored 33 of 23 balls and Rohit had raced to 26 of 11 balls. Both batsmen continued their onslaught and stretched their partnership 119 runs. Simmons brought up his half-century off 35 balls in the tenth over, while Rohit reached the milestone in the twelfth over.