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Mumbai Indians won their first IPL title on their sixth attempt as they put in a fighting performance with the bat and then bowled with great intensity to get past the Chennai Super Kings in the final at the Eden Gardens. Mumbai recovered after an awful start with the bat to post a competitive 148-9 before reducing the Super Kings to 39/6 and eventually restricting them to 125/9 to secure a 23-run victory.

After 76 games and 54 days, the 2013 Pepsi IPL finally reached it's climax on Sunday evening at the Eden Gardens, with the top two teams of the League stages facing off for the title. Mumbai Indians' skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first on the important night.

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The Mumbai Indians marched into the Final of the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League to set up a rematch with the 2-time champions the Chennai Super Kings with a narrow 4 wicket win against the Rajasthan Royals in a game that went down to the wire. The absence of a spinner cost the Royals dearly, but it was their shoddy effort in the field which let them down as they leaked in excess of 15 runs and dropped a vital late catch that could have well changed the outcome of this game.

The flip of the coin in this virtual semi-final between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians went the way of Rahul Dravid's team, and he went against the norm by asking to bat first on a pitch that was likely to offer some assistance to the seamers early on because of a tinge of grass and all that sweating under the covers due to the rain.

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The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on Tuesday was the unlikely venue for the pressure free Qualifier 1 in IPL 2013 as the former champions Chennai Super Kings took on an in form Mumbai Indians side that was still looking for its first domestic triumph. The big news at the toss was the continued absence of one Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, and he was joined on the sidelines by the arguably more impressive Dhawal Kulkarni, who was replaced by a cold Munaf Patel (and surprisingly not Rishi Dhawan). The Chennai Super Kings meanwhile made just the one expected change with Albie Morkel returning to the side in place of Jason Holder.

The flip of the coin went CSK's way, and their uber cool captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had no second thoughts about batting first.

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Chennai Super Kings

Strengths : Batting. CSK arguably are the most settled yet intimidating batting side in the competition, owing largely due to the relatively similar line-up they have maintained from the very first season of the IPL as well as the tremendous run-of-form of most of their batsmen in their last couple of months. Micheal Hussey has been prolific in his run-scoring, while Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, have both played top-quality innings at crucial stages as well. With the quality of batting they possess, CSK have the ability to post or chase high totals against any bowling-line up.

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Match 69 of the Indian Premier League could have held a great deal of importance for the Kings XI Punjab till the result of last night's game between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals came in. With Sunrisers' victory however, the deal was sealed for the Kings XI as far as a spot in the Play-offs was concerned. While the Kings XI played out a dead-rubber, their opponents, the Mumbai Indians who are currently at the top of the table, headed into the game hoping to secure a victory, and thereby maintain the more comfortable first-spot in the points table at the end of the league stage.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to field first. Mumbai made two changes to their side, bringing in debutant Nathan Coulter- Nile for Mitchell Johnson while Rishi Dhawan came in for Pragyan Ojha.  Adam Gilchrist, playing his final IPL game, said that Dharamsala was one of his favorite places to play cricket at, and thanked the fans for the support he was given over the years during his IPL career. Kings XI made one change, bringing in Gurkeerat Mann for the injured R Sathish.

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The Mumbai Indians beat the Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in an entertaining contest at the Wankhede Stadium that guarantees them a place in the qualifier, relegating the losing side in all likelihood to the eliminator barring a dramatic final group game for either them or the Chennai Super Kings. The match itself had some major momentum swings, with Rajasthan delighted with their efforts with the ball, but having a poor start before launching a terrific come back only to fall short in the end.

Two well balanced sides with an equal number of points collided against each other at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday evening with one being the formidable Mumbai Indians and the other the sensational Rajasthan Royals. Despite both teams having already confirmed a spot among the top four, it was important for each of them to win to ensure that they went into the Qualifier instead of the Eliminator round in the playoffs.

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An incredible unbeaten 66 from just 27 balls from the irrepressible Kieron Pollard helped guide the Mumbai Indians to a 7 wicket win over the unfortunate Sunrisers Hyderabad, who looked on top for the better part of the contest. The Sunrisers made the most of winning the toss and batting first to post a competitive 178-3 on the board against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. The Mumbai Indians were 117-3 after 16 overs, needing an unlikely 62 runs from the last 4 overs for victory when Pollard took charge of proceedings, smashing 8 sixes from the next 17 balls he faced to power his side to an unlikely win.

The result takes Mumbai to the top of the IPL standings level on points with the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, but ahead of the two sides on net run rate. It also mathematically keeps the Kings XI Punjab and the Kolkata Knight Riders still in the tournament, but realistically it puts the battle down for the final play-off spot into a straight shoot out between the Sunrisers and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with the latter's significantly higher net run rate virtually as good as a bonus point.

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