Mumbai Indians clinched the thrilling final against Chennai Super Kings as they won by one run. Two runs were needed off the final ball and Lasith Malinga was able to plumb Shardul Thakur in front of the wickets.
Turning Point of the Match:
The match went down to the wire but Mumbai Indians kept their nerves. Lasith Malinga who was sloppy in the field and also with the ball turned up in the final over and showed that why is the best T20 bowler of the game.
IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings got off to a good start as Faf du Plessis continued his good form. The right-hander timed the ball with perfection as he helped Chennai got off to a flying start. However, the right-hander was stumped after he advanced down the track and Krunal Pandya bowled a quick ball on the fifth stump line. du Plessis scored 13-ball 26 and set Chennai’s target on the right path.
Shane Watson also continued his good form going as the right-hander batted with aplomb. On the other hand, Suresh Raina was troubled by the short delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Shane Watson presented a chance to Mumbai Indians but Lasith Malinga failed to judge it properly and could not get himself into a good position. Watson was on 31 when Malinga bungled a catch.
Suresh Raina took 14 balls for eight runs and his struggled at the crease ended when Rahul Chahar plumbed him in front of the wickets. Rohit Sharma showed why he is one of the best captains in the league as he was quick to bring on his best bowler, Jasprit Bumrah after the fall of the wicket. Bumrah bowled an accurate bouncer to Ambati Rayud to send him back for a solitary run.
IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians innings.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first in the final of the IPL 2019. The Men in Blue got off to a flying start as Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma added 45 runs in the first five overs. Quinton de Kock was the aggressor in the opening partnership as the southpaw batsman was quick to punish anything that was short in length.
The left-hander was able to pick the slower one from Shardul Thakur and deposited the ball into the mid-wicket boundary for a six. However, de Kock was late on the next delivery as Thakur had bent his back and MS Dhoni took a simple catch.
Deepak Chahar who had conceded 22 runs in the first two overs was backed by Dhoni to bowl another one as de Kock was dismissed. Chahar scalped the big wicket of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma as he was flummoxed by a slower delivery.
The hero of the first qualifier was the next to go when Suryakumar Yadav tried to guide the ball toward the third man. However, the right-hander chopped the ball back on to his foot which then went on to dislodge the bails.
Krunal Pandya could not get going as the southpaw was hurried by a quick bouncer from Shardul Thakur. The fast bowler took a good return catch and Pandya once again disappointed with the bat.
Pollard played a crucial knock.
Kieron Pollard gave some resistance as the all-rounder scored 41 runs from 25 balls. However, the right-hander could not find support from the other end. Hardik Pandya threatened to take the game away from Chennai as he scored 16 from 10 balls. However, his knock was put paid by a perfect yorker from Deepak Chahar. The young fast bowler bowled with fire as he scalped three wickets and conceded only 26 runs in his four overs quota.
Shardul Thakur snared two wickets and conceded 37 runs in his four overs. Furthermore, Imran Tahir took two wickets as he gave away 23 runs in the three overs. Moreover, Tahir also leapfrogged Kagiso Rabada to be the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.