The winner of the 2015 IPL final was going to repeat history. Both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings had won a title earlier, with the former having won it twice.
Chennai captain MS Dhoni had won the toss and elected to field first, which was a good choice to make at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. CSK had even got the kind of start they wanted, getting Parthiv Patel run out in the first over itself. Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons then took the responsibility on their shoulders.
The 119-run partnership between them gave Mumbai Indians a solid base to cash on. Even after their departure, Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu carried on with the flow, taking the total to 202 for 5 after the end of 20 overs.
Coming out to chase the tough total, CS started off on a bad note as they faltered in the fifth over, losing Mike Hussey for just 4 runs. On the other end, DR Smith took charge but even after scoring a quick fifty, he was not able to give the required push to the team.
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, who followed, followed back to the dressing room quickly and CSK innings could not get the needed push as one batsman fell after the other. They were bundled out on 161 for 8.