The Mumbai Indians (MI) recorded an astonishing 1-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a nerve-wracking finale clash of IPL 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. It was absolute haywire right till the end with the fortunes swinging in favour of both the teams right till the end. Things boiled down right to the last ball and it was the Mumbai Indians who managed to hold their nerve in the crunch situation and came out victorious in the nail-biting contest.
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.
A complete team effort from the Mumbai Indians helped them clinch their fourth IPL title. Kieron Pollard was excellent with the bat for the team towards the end. Then, these efforts were backed up by the bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar were excellent with the ball. Lasith Malinga defended 9 runs in the final over and conceded just 7. Thus, MI managed to win the match by a mere 1 run.
The momentum shifted ends quite frequently in this nerve-wracking final match. However, former batting legend and the current Mumbai Indians’ mentor Sachin Tendulkar feels the run-out dismissal of MS Dhoni was the key moment in the game.
After the dismissals of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu off successive overs, the CSK skipper MS Dhoni came out in the middle to lead his team’s recovery along with the settled Watson. The former Australian all-rounder and Dhoni then tried to snatch an extra run off an overthrow by Lasith Malinga, but in that process, the latter got involved in a controversial run-out dismissal. After several replays, the third umpire gave the decision in favour of the fielding side and Dhoni was forced to leave the crease.
Sachin noted that Dhoni’s dismissal was an integral moment in the game. He also mentioned that Jasprit Bumrah bowling really well to pull back things also was a key moment in the game.
“The key moment was to get Dhoni run-out. Also, in patches when Jasprit Bumrah came and bowled those critical overs, especially after Lasith Malinga gave that expensive over,” quoted Sachin Tendulkar.
“Even after that Krunal Pandya over that went for a lot of runs (the 18th over), Bumrah came in very hard. I think Malinga finished off really well, that was a beautiful over to finish off. The couple of finals that we have played here, we have finished it really well even defending a total like 120-odd,” Sachin added.
Mahela Jayawardene lauds Rohit’s captaincy skills
Mumbai head coach Mahela Jayawardene echoed Sachin’s words and also lauded Rohit’s captaincy decisions. “We had the game in our corner when MS got out. Great decision by Rohit to go back to experienced players. We took a punt and held back Pollard and Pandya. Pollard has had a good record against CSK. I think this is why big players come to the party. Rahul Chahar was brilliant and created the pressure throughout for us. Malinga held his nerves and did well,” Jayawardene mentioned.