Defeating the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by a slim margin of just 1 run, the Mumbai Indians (MI) emerged champions of the IPL 2019 challenge as the riveting finals were played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Sunday the 12th of May. After winning the toss, the Mumbai Indians elected to bat first and went on to score a mere 149 and were down by 8 wickets. In the chase, Mumbai Indians managed to arrest the Chennai Super Kings at 148 runs and for 7 wickets. Lasith Malinga was defending off at least 2 runs in the final delivery when his slow delivery took Shardul Thakur’s wicket with an LBW.
Mumbai Indians were actually off to a brisk start but leaned more towards a miserable game later when the wickets started falling in a heap. The Chennai Super Kings also performed more or less likewise, when it was their time to chase. Both the teams lost form, somewhere midway, as Pollard would hit the balls across the boundary helping MI finish on a high note. Alternatively, CSK’s Shane Watson took the team across the line with some scintillating knocks.
Repeating his performance from the 2nd Qualifier match, Faf du Plessis created an opening partnership that added at least 33 runs to the board in about 4 overs. Out of this 26 runs alone came from Faf du Plessis. For the second wicket, Raina and Watson’s partnership would fetch around 37 runs for CSK, almost helping the team cross boundaries until the loss of three wickets at 12 runs.
Watson would launch his batting attacks successfully against Krunal Pandya and Lasith Malinga’s bowling. When it just seemed like he was driving the team towards victory, he was run out and there were just two balls remaining for the innings. This was all the space that MI needed. The match was sealed in their favor when the last ball was bowled by Malinga to take the LBW.
Both Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah were fantastic with their overs. Chahar managed to collapse CSK’s middle order when he dismissed Suresh Raina. Mitchell McClenaghan did not have any wickets to count but he did bowl fairly well.
Some outstanding batting performance was visualized as Pollard came on to the crease in the 13th over when Mumbai Indians (MI) were just 89-4. Waiting for every loose ball that came his way, he hit the ball high into the screens at Imran Tahir’s ball. Even in the 17th over, his tracker was sent into orbit. In the 18th over as well, Pollard pulled his third six on Thakur’s bowling. Pollard finished 41 not out as he collected 2 boundaries and kept the strike alive in the last over. There were three boundaries and innumerable sixes in his 25-ball batting.
Watson’s well-constructed batting where he scored 42 off 42 balls at the beginning of the 16th over was commendable. Thereafter, he sped it up, while collecting all the boundaries that he wanted against Lasith Malinga’s full and wide bowling. Then it was Krunal Pandya’s turn and in the 18th over Watson would wind the ball down to three sixes down the ground and over the midwicket.
MS Dhoni Out
Yesterday’s match was a crucial one, the misjudgment of the umpires regarding MS Dhoni‘s run out, created a huge impact on the fans and followers. It was clear that he was Not Out, but the third umpire’s decision was OUT.
By all means, Jasprit Bumrah stood out as a bowler as in three spells he gave four overs. The figures looked 4-0-14-2 on a hard and flat pitch, on which he bowled hard lengths clocking some great speeds. He kept the CSK batsmen on their toes with his deliveries that averaged at a speed of about 141.7 kph. He was also the only bowler who wouldn’t concede a single boundary in his 13 dot balls and overs.
Deepak Chahar finished his bowling spell with some great figures as well even as he gave up 22 runs in the initial two overs. Later he was able to consolidate 3 wickets stopping at 26. He even stunned Rohit Sharma in the 6thover bowling when the ball got edged to the wicketkeeper completing Sharma’s innings even without conceding a single run. Chahar picked up the next two wickets in the 19th over that of Hardik Pandya and Cousin Rahul Chahar.
With quick bouncers, Thakur provided some visible breakthroughs to his team, CSK, when Quinton de Kock landed the ball into Dhoni’s hands. Krunal Pandya was also down after a pull shot with an excellent catch on the field. After three overs Thakur had given away 21 but gained 2 wickets.
Scores and Accolades
- Jasprit Bumrah with his game of 4-0-14-2 was declared man of the match of the IPL 2019 final
- David Warner got the Orange Cap, Imran Tahir got the purple cap, Andre Russell was declared most valuable player and Shubhman Gill got Emerging Player
- The finals of the IPL 2019 were won by the Mumbai Indians who scored 149-8 with Deepak Chahar scoring 3-26 and Kieron Pollard at 41 not out
- Shane Watson scored 80 and Jasprit Bumrah was 2-14 even as the Chennai Super Kings won by just one run
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