What a final it was! Mumbai Indians are the 2019 IPL Champions. For a record 4th time they were victorious against Chennai Super Kings by 1 run on Sunday May 12th 2019. It was the 2nd time in 3 years, believe it or not, that they won the final by 1 run. They were the most efficient, well-rounded team this year with a good balance of fast and slow bowlers.At the beginning of the tournament, they won four of their first six games and this was unusual as they are usually known to be slow-starters.
It was seen as a genius move in the end by skipper Rohit Sharma to bowl his premier and most experienced bowler.
The 2019 IPL final came down to the last ball of the match. Lasith Malinga whose first three overs yielded 42 runs, had the daunting task of bowling the last over and needed to defend 9 runs. A full house at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Mother’s Day were intense with spectators seen praying ball by ball. Prayers were answered for some, while others felt the pain and agony. It was seen as a genius move in the end by skipper Rohit Sharma to bowl his premier and most experienced bowler. Last ball of the match to Shardul Thakur was full and straight. The batsman missed the ball and was trapped lbw. Even if he had reviewed it, the batsmen was absolutely plumb.
Earlier in the night, Mumbai were restricted to 149/8 from their allotted overs, with birthday boy Kieron Pollard top scoring with an unbeaten 41 off 25 balls. The ever-so impressive medium pacer Deepak Chahar snapped up 3-26 in his four overs, while South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir grabbed 2/23 in three overs. Chennai in reply were off the a solid start with South African captain Faf du Plessis smashing a 13-ball 26 before he was brilliantly stumped by his countryman Quinton de Kock off Krunal Pandya. Shane Watson opening the batting however took over the reign with 80 runs off 59 balls (four maximums). He was dropped twice by Rahul Chahar as he lived a charmed life. Looking at ease, he caressed the ball with little effort.
Chennai however paid the price for two crucial run-outs. Firstly, MS Dhoni was dismissed for 2 runs via this route after the third umpire took over five minutes to send him off. Watson was joined by Dwayne Bravo and the pair put on 51 runs in quick time before the latter was dismissed for a run a ball 15, trying to swipe Jasprit Bumrah and got caught behind. The most suicidal dismissal was Watson while pausing for a second run and eventually succumbed for his magnificent 80.
Malinga’s magic was needed in the last over and the dynamic fast-bowler did not disappoint. The Mumbai Indians camp went wild as well as the crowd. It was one of the best finals ever witnessed in a T20 tournament. With the IPL over now, let’s hope the Cricket World Cup in England follows suit with all the excitement and nail-biting drama. Stay tuned folks!