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20 TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 DT Sports Mumbai pip Pune in thriller to win third IPL title • Reuters, Hyderabad Mumbai Indians were crowned the Indian Premier League (IPL) champions for the third time after Mitchell Johnson delivered a three-wicket final over to help secure their thrilling one-run victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on Sunday. BRIEF SCORE MUMBAI INDIANS 129 for 8 (Krunal 47, Unadkat 2-19, Zampa 2-32, Christian 2-34) beat RISING PUNE SUPERGIANT 128 for 6 (Smith 51, Rahane 44, Johnson 3-26, Bumrah 2-26) by 1 run Chasing 130 to win, Pune looked primed for their maiden IPL title with skipper Steve Smith leading the charge and the team needing 11 runs off the final over with seven wickets in hand. Australia’s former Ashes hero Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiwary and Smith off successive deliveries while Dan Christian ran himself out in the final ball of the over which yielded nine runs. Smith topscored for his side with 51 off 50 balls while Ajinkya Rahane made 44 upfront but Pune never got the late assault despite having wickets in hand and finished 128-6. Johnson claimed 3-26 while his pace colleagues Jasprit Bumrah (2- 26) and Lasith Malinga, who went wicketless but conceded only 21 runs in his four overs, were equally impressive in defending a modest total. Mumbai went into the match having lost their previous three matches, including Tuesday’s qualifier, against Pune this season and the 129-8 they managed on Sunday looked far from an intimidating score. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bat but they looked in trouble after Jaydev Unadkat (2-19) dismissed both the openers cheaply to deny them a strong start. Mumbai crawled to 56-3 at the halfway stage of their innings when Adam Zampa struck twice in the same over to wreck their hopes of a big total. The Australian leg-spinner dismissed Rohit with the first delivery of his over with Shardul Thakur taking a well-judged catch near the rope and the spinner’s sixth sent back Kieron Pollard. Mumbai were reeling at 79-7 but Krunal Pandya topscored for them with a belligerent 47 before falling to the final delivery of the innings. • ‘Most difficult day’ for Terry in Stamford Bridge exit • AFP, London Chelsea legend John Terry’s final appearance at Stamford Bridge ended with his team-mates forming a guard of honour as he exited in the 26th minute of the Premier League clash with Sunderland. The 36-year-old -- the time of his premature departure chiming with his shirt number -- was visibly moved when he was replaced by Gary Cahill, who has also stepped in and skippered the team on the pitch to the title this season. Terry, who leaves Chelsea at the end of this season after 22 years, exited to a standing ovation from the fans who despite some offpitch scandals is revered by them. Terry, though, returned to the pitch after the match to receive the Premier League trophy, the 15th piece of silverware he has lifted. He may also get to raise the FA Cup if Chelsea beat Arsenal in next Saturday’s final at Wembley. The former England central defender then made an emotional address to the Chelsea fans -- paying Chelsea's English defender John Terry poses with the English Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday AFP Mumbai Indians players and support staff are joined by team owner Nita Ambani (C) and former player Sachin Tendulkar (R) as they celebrate their victory at The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday AFP tribute to both them and Russian owner Roman Abramovich who was present. “Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,” said Terry. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with some unbelievable players and managers throughout my career. I’m thankful to every single one of them. I’d like to thank Roman Abramovich and all the board. He’s the best owner in world football.” Terry has yet to decide whether or not to carry on playing, although Swansea manager Paul Clement has said he would like to have him after working with him when he was on the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, appeared on the pitch with his children. “I’d like to thank my wife and my kids for supporting me in this amazing journey I’ve had,” said Terry. “You (the Chelsea fans) are the best supporters in the world, without a shadow of a doubt. “You’ve given me everything. You picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I had a bad game and disappointed you. “I’ll come back here one day, supporting the team for years to come.” • Scotland enjoy landmark win over Sri Lanka • AFP, London Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross both scored hundreds as Scotland beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Beckenham, southeast England, for a historic success on Sunday. The victory was Scotland’s first over a full member of the International Cricket Council -- one of the sport’s leading 10 Test nations -- in any format. The last time the teams met, Sri Lanka thrashed Scotland by 148 runs in Hobart during the 2015 World Cup. “It’s been a great day,” Coetzer told the Cricket Scotland website. “Firstly the sun was shining and we played a great game of cricket, particularly to restrict them to less than 300 which was an outstanding performance. It was one of those days, if it goes your way you have just got to keep riding that wave. I am pleased for the guys out there to get that historic win.” • La Liga win is bigger than World Cup for Zidane • AFP, Madrid BRIEF SCORE SCOTLAND 291 for 3 (Coetzer 118, Cross 108*) beat SRI LANKA 287 (Chandimal 79, Kapugedera 71, Kusal 57; Whittingham 3-56) by seven wickets Zinedine Zidane claimed winning La Liga as Real Madrid coach on Sunday surpasses his stellar achievements as a player and even lifting the Champions League in his debut season as coach last year. Madrid claimed the Spanish title for a 33rd time as Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 40th goal of the season and Karim Benzema slotted home early in the second-half to secure a 2-0 win at Malaga. “It is the happiest day of my professional life by a distance,” Zidane said after landing Madrid’s first title in five years. “Right now I would like to stand up here and dance,” he added in a press conference interrupted by Marcelo, Danilo, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata drowning their boss in champagne. Zidane won the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League as one of the greatest players of his generation, but said the extra responsibility that comes with being coach made his achievements all the greater. “As coach of Real Madrid you know what the expectations are,” he added. “I have experienced it as a player and that is why I say it is the happiest day of my professional life because being a coach changes everything. “I have won everything with this club, this shirt but to win La Liga is the best of all. “I live what I am doing with passion and what I have enjoyed the most is today because after nine or 10 months we have won La Liga.” Zidane’s role in restoring Madrid to the top of Spanish football was hailed by Ronaldo as the Portuguese claimed just his second league winners’ medal in eight seasons since joining the Spanish giants. “He has managed things very intelligently along with his assistants,” said Ronaldo. “The proof is there, we have won a very difficult league against one of the best teams in the world in Barca and for me Zidane has done a phenomenal job.” Madrid could go onto complete a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years when they face Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3. And Real’s run to the title was most certainly a squad effort with Ronaldo sidelined or rested for nine games -- all of which they won. •

Sports 21 TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 DT Inconsistency cost Barcelona title says Luis Enrique • Reuters, Barcelona Barcelona’s inconsistency over the season had cost them the La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique has said. A second half comeback from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season proved futile as Real beat Malaga 2-0 to end a five-year run without the title. Barca took 14 points from 18 in their six games against Spain’s top four sides Real, Sevilla and Atletico. Real picked up just eight in the corresponding games. The Catalans, however, proved less reliable against supposedly weaker opposition, dropping points against Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, Deportivo La Coruna, Alaves and Malaga. Madrid took maximum points from those games. “We haven’t ended the season as we wanted. La Liga is 38 games long and it rewards consistency. We were not consistent enough,” Luis Enrique told a news conference. “Especially earlier in the season at home and we have paid for that. We didn’t depend on ourselves. We fought until the very end and now we congratulate the worthy champions. “Whoever wins the league is the worthy winner. We know where we fell short, but this is how it is in the top competitions.” •