IPL: Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings lose thrilling final to Mumbai Indians

A perfect final-ball delivery by Lasith Malinga has denied Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings an Indian Premier League title defence in a dramatic final in Hyderabad.

After Shane Watson hit a fierce 80, Chennai needed two runs off the final ball to overtake Mumbai's 149/8, but Malinga's pinpoint delivery trapped Shardul Thakur leg-before-wicket to help Mumbai win their fourth title.

While Mumbai's players celebrated their victory, the camera quickly turned to a dejected-looking Fleming, who seemed about to burst into tears.

While Fleming missed out on the title, former Blackcaps bowler Mitchell McClenaghan played a role for Mumbai in the final, while Kiwi great Shane Bond the team's bowling coach.

"Today was a culmination of a lot of hard work," said Bond. "We knew 150 was below par, but knew we had the bowlers.

Lasith Malinga celebrates the win.
Lasith Malinga celebrates the win. Photo credit: Getty

"Malinga was great in the clutch moments. We have players like [Jason] Behrendorff and Alzarri [Joseph], who are not here right now, but they have all contributed."

Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first, and the Indians struggled to put any consistent partnerships at the crease.

Kieron Pollard was the only Mumbai batsman to score more than 30, as his 41 off 25 helped his side reach 149/8.

Chennai's bowling was superb, with Deepak Chahar finishing 3/26, while Imran Tahir and Shardul Thakur took two wickets each.

South Africa's Faf du Plessis scored 26 at the top of Chennai's batting order, but Watson led the charge with eight fours and four sixes.

But Watson's efforts weren't enough, as Malinga, who had struggled in his first three overs, came up huge when Chennai needed nine runs in the final over to win.

Malinga finished 1/49, while McClenaghan was 0/24 in his four overs. Jasprit Bumrah finished 2/14 in a man-of-the-match performance.

Australia's David Warner won the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs during the tournament, with 692 runs at an average of 69.

"It's an honour to win the Orange Cap," Warner says via a video message. "When we play, we don't think of these awards, but I must say congratulations to the curator for a good surface.

"It's always a privilege to play in Hyderabad, very grateful to be part of the IPL. Thank you very much."

Tahir won the Purple Cap for taking 26 wickets during the tournament.

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