Mumbai Indians turned on their spin power and beat fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 runs in the final of the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament, here on Sunday.
After restricting Mumbai Indians to 139 built around a fighting 41 by James Frankling, RCB, who had successfully chased 200-plus targets in two consecutive matches coming into the final, struggled on a slow pitch that afforded turn and fell to 108 in a very disappointing batting performance.
Mumbai Indians, without half-a-dozen key players owing into injury, including Sachin Tendulkar, went home richer by $2.5 million while RCB received $1.3 million.
Image: Mumbai Indians' owner Nita Ambani, center in white shirt, and players pose with the winning trophy after their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket final match in Chennai, India, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Mumbai Indians' won by 31 runs.