CHENNAI, October 9, 2011 (AFP) – Skipper Harbhajan Singh bagged three wickets to help Mumbai Indians lift the Twenty20 Champions League title with a 31-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final on Sunday. The off-spinner removed hard-hitting Chris Gayle (five), Virat Kohli (11) and Daniel Vettori (one) as Mumbai dismissed Bangalore for 108 after scoring a modest 139 on a low, slow pitch where stroke-making was not easy.
Man-of-the-match Harbhajan was superbly backed by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who finished with 2-9 off three tight overs.
“We have performed outstandingly. We were right in the game when we went in to bowl. It was just a matter of getting Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kohli. It was a fantastic effort by the boys,” said Harbhajan.
“We had the belief we could defend any total.”
Bangalore lost their way after Sri Lankan Dilshan dominated a 38-run stand for the opening wicket off four overs with Gayle. Dilshan scored a 20-ball 27 before being bowled by compatriot and man-of-the-series Lasith Malinga (2-23). “We thought it (target) was tough, but gettable,” said Bangalore captain Vettori.
“We got a good start, but things went pear-shaped after that. Mumbai had the