Chennai Super Kings (CSK) succumbed to a heartening one-run defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the finale of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza 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.
After the loss, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming revealed that it is very important to give some time to the team to come out of this defeat. He reckoned that the defending champions have had two good years, winning in the first year and then finishing as the runners-up here. Fleming also admitted to the fact that at some point of time, they will have to recreate the combination of the team considering the age of most of the players.
“We will give some time for the dust to settle down. I think if you win one title and reach the final next time, you have had good two years. We do understand that we are an ageing team. So at some point, we just have to look at recreating the side, obviously MS as well,” said Stephen Fleming after the match.
It was a big moment
Fleming noted that MS Dhoni’s run-out dismissal was surely a big moment in the game. The CSK wicket-keeper batsman has played an integral role in his team’s success this year, racking up a sensational tally of 416 runs in 12 innings at a phenomenal average of 83.20.
“It was a big moment. Took a long time to give the decision. Always a big moment when MS goes. He was really consistent this year. It’s also the calmness with which he operates that’s different from the other players,” he added.
Dhoni’s dismissal at that moment of the chase gave the Mumbai Indians a huge advantage. “So his dismissal does two things. Our job stops down a bit and it lifts the opposition. So yes it was a big moment,” Fleming inferred.