Wow! What a humdinger of an encounter unfolded at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. The final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lived up to the massive expectations by a great extent. The nail-biting contest went down the wire and eventually the Rohit Sharma-led team prevailed to clinch an astonishing 1-run victory off just the last ball. With this win, Mumbai Indians are the champions of the IPL for the record fourth time.
The momentum shifted ends quite frequently in this nerve-wracking final match. Mumbai got off to a flying start in the powerplay overs, but the CSK bowlers pulled things back brilliantly well. However, eventually MI did manage to reach a fighting first innings total of 149 runs in their quota of 20 overs. While in the second innings, Shane Watson for the second consecutive time in an IPL final produced a staggering innings of 80 runs. But in the end, the CSK opener failed to take his team over the finishing line.
I wanted to go with the experience
After the match, the jubilant Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma, addressed the media reporters during the post-match press conference and revealed what was going in his mind when he handed the penultimate final over to Lasith Malinga. The veteran fast bowler had already conceded a total of 42 runs and thus, he was under immense pressure. However, he redeemed himself in an amazing manner by defending 9 runs in the final over to hand Mumbai its fourth title.
Rohit mentioned that he wanted to go in with the experience of Malinga, as he has already dealt with these types of situations many times in the past. Malinga trapped Shardul Thakur off the final ball with a perfect slower delivery to snatch the astounding win from the jaws of defeat.
“When the decision comes off, it looks all nice. It can backfire also. At that stage, I wanted to go with experience, with somebody who has been in such situation before. And Malinga has been in that situation a million times. So we backed him to do that,” quoted Rohit Sharma.
“The idea was to get the batsman out. So I know Shardul really well. I kind of understand where he wants to hit, so we decided together (Malinga and him) that we’ll go for that slower option, because knowing Shardul, he would try to play a big shot and there might be a chance that he might just sky it. Again, it could have gone either way,” he added.