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Sorry for Smith: Ponting

Former Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting has conceded there was nothing more Steve Smith could have done to help Rising Pune Supergiant slay his former side in the Indian Premier League final, as Mitchell Johnson came up clutch with a match-winning final over.

Sorry for Smith: Ponting
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Mitchell Johnson, who came up with a sterling show in the final

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Mumbai claimed their third IPL crown on Sunday evening with a thrilling onerun, last-ball win over Pune. Defending a very modest 129, Johnson was the hero for the Indians, collecting the crucial wicket of Ajinkya Rahane to stymie Pune’s chase before removing Manoj Tiwary and Smith in a crunch final over of the match. 

But Ponting believes Smith,should count himself unlucky. “I actually feel a little bit sorry for him with the way that the final unfolded,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. 

“You had him trying to win the game there at the end and … couldn’t get it done. You could just see with that final (over), it just sums Steve Smith up now. He wanted to be the man, he wanted to be in there at the end, he wanted to get his team across the line,” Ponting said.

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