IPL Climax: MI regains the throne defeating CSK by 1 run
And it was exactly like a superhit movie climax between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. What an absolutely incredible finish to an amazing VIVO IPL 2019, with the Mumbai Indians prevailing by the smallest of margins – just one run.
MI won the toss for the final time in this edition and choose to bat. MI skipper Rohit Sharma even said that “In a big game like this, that’s what they prefer to do, getting runs on the board.
MI Playing XI
Q de Kock (wk), R Sharma (c), S Yadav, I Kishan, H Pandya, K Pollard, K Pandya, M McClenaghan, R Chahar, L Malinga, J Bumrah.
Batting first MI posted 149/8 against CSK in the IPL final. Kieron Pollard, the birthday boy top-scored for MI with an unbeaten 41 off 25 balls. Deepak Chahar was the star with the ball picking up 3/26 while Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir took two wickets each for CSK.
In an important match like IPL final, the total looked easily achievable when the opponents are the old rivals.
CSK Playing XI
S Watson, F du Plessis, S Raina, A Rayudu, MS Dhoni* (wk), R Jadeja, D Bravo, D Chahar, S Thakur, H Singh, I Tahir
While we can look back on many game-changing moments throughout the final, none were bigger than the runout of MS Dhoni who was adjudged JUST short of his ground by the third umpire. Trying to steal a second run on overthrows, Ishan Kishan threw down the stumps to send the skipper back to the rooms.
Up to that point, CSK looked in control in chasing the target of 150. But from there, things changed, and MI – despite a nervy 18th over that went the distance – held their nerve. Lasith Malinga did tremendous bowling in the game-changing over.
The win sealed Mumbai Indians Paltan their fourth IPL title and with it, bragging rights as the competition’s most successful side.