IPL powerhouse Mumbai Indians ended their trophy drought in style here on Sunday as their bowlers rose to the occasion and defended a thin total to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of the Champions League Twenty20.
Spinners Harbhajan Singh (3/20) and YuzvendraChahal (2/9) not only strangled the RCB batsmen but also picked five wickets between them after a late batting collapse saw MI fold up for mere 139 following Harbhajan's decision to bat first.
Mumbai's triumph looks much weightier in light of the fact that they were without stalwart and regular captain SachinTendulkar, middle-order mainstay Rohit Sharma and Davy Jacobs, who had to return midway after getting injured.
But while MI's batting failed to impress, the bowlers should be given bulk of the credit for decorating their franchise's cabinet with the silverware, which is their first ever since inception in 2008.
However, Bangalore - who were expected to walk through to 140 and win here on Sunday - made a meal of their task to fall short by 31 runs. But Chris Gayle and ViratKohli's failure never allowed Bangalore to take charge and they finally got bowled out for 108 in 19.2 overs.