I had faith in my bowlers during death overs: Rohit Sharma

Individual brilliance can win a side few games but what is needed to win a tournament is team work, said Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma after his side lifted their third Indian Premier League title, here.

His ploy though faltered as Pune's opening bowlers, Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar, made life hard for Mumbai's openers, dismissing them in the third over.

Johnson, bowling the final over, with Rising Pune Supergiant needing 11 runs to win claimed the wickets of Manoj Tiwary and then Australia skipper Steve Smith for 51 with consecutive balls before tying down Dan Christian.

Mumbai Indians' Mitchell Johnson bowled the crucial last over.

Rising Pune Supergiant take on Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017 final.

If Bumrah, who headed to Ahmedabad from Hyderabad to spend a couple of nights at home before joining the Champions Trophy squad in Mumbai on Wednesday, can continue in the same vein in England next week, it would boost India's chances of defending the trophy.

"They (Mumbai) were probably below par with 129, but it was a tough wicket to get runs, everyone could see that, just couldn't get over the line".

Hyderabad: Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates fall of MS Dhoni's wicket during the final match of IPL 2017 between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 21, 2017.

The partnership lasted for 33 runs as Rayudu was caught short of the crease while taking a single after playing a delivery from Lockie Ferguson to Steven Smith, who made a direct throw from mid-off in the eighth over.

It is that recovery, and players stepping up when needed, that Rohit is really proud of as Mumbai clinched their third IPL title in the competition's 10 year history.

"The team has come together many times and that's what happened tonight. I feel that is the most critical part of winning a tournament", he said. "An outstanding performance all round", Johnson said.

The two banned franchises - Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals - are all set to come back in the next edition of the league, having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga. So our talk was that we try and make 140 so we may even get to 160.

RPS had needed two big overs at the back-end and though they managed 12 off the 19th, these two ageing warriors summoned all the guile gleaned from years of worldwide cricket to ensure that didn't happen.


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