Mumbai Indians (MI) beats Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a nail-biting thrilling encounter by one run to hold their 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. CSK’s star performer Shane Watson (80 off 59) got run out when it needs nine to win off six balls. After this, veteran Lasith Malinga became the rescuer for Mumbai Indians as he bowled tight lines to bring the match in his side’s favor.
Earlier, In the match, at one point Chennai Super Kings were cruising but Mumbai Indians’ bowlers took wickets in quick succession to turn the side back in the match. The big turning point of the match was probably the runout of CSK skipper MS Dhoni from where CSK is not able to recover completely. But Shane Watson brought CSK’s charm back in the game when he spectacularly played three sixes and dispatched Malinga in the 18th over. Talking about Jasprit Bumrah, he bowled a brilliant 19th over wherein he gave just nine runs to CSK.
Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma after winning the toss, opted to bat in IPL 2019 Final against CSK. Quinton de Kock (29 off 17) and Rohit Sharma (15 off 14) got Mumbai Indians to an impressive start. De Kock was more volatile of the two batsmen when in the fourth over of their innings he struck three sixes off Deepak Chahar.
In the very next over, de Kock fell off the bowling of Shardul Thakur. Deepak Chahar came back sharply in his next over as he dismissed MI skipper Rohit Sharma and put their team on the backfoot. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav built a very strong partnership and when the match looks to turn on their side, they both get out in quick succession.
Kieron Pollard, who turned 32, played an explosive knock (41 off 25 balls) to help his side which reach a respectable total of 149/8. Talking about the details, Birthday Boy Pollard did not get enough strike in the death overs. Pollard finally faced all six balls in the last over and in the first three deliveries, he did not take the single off, after not being able to clear the boundary. He got the much-needed fours off in the final two balls but it was not enough to devastate a tidy last over by Bravo.
Both teams (Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians) were tied at three IPL titles each heading into the finale with Mumbai Indians holding the upper hand, having defeated CSK thrice earlier in the competition. The very thrilling match finish came after a decent bowling performance from Chennai Super Kings who restricted Mumbai Indians to 149/8. Now, for the third time in four finals, Chennai has lost to Mumbai Indians.