Mumbai Indians defeated their rival Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in the IPL final in 2019 and won the title for the fourth time. In the match played at Hyderabad-based Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first.
But the Chennai Super Kings bowler proved Rohit’s decision wrong, while Chennai Super Kings prevented Mumbai Indians for 149 for 8 wickets in 20 overs. For the last over for Chennai, all was going well but Shane Watson (80) was run out. Chennai needed 2 runs to win the final ball. Lasith Malinga poked Shardul Thakur on the same over and put the fourth IPL title in the Mumbai account. Chennai could score 148 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.
Run Out Of Shane Watson Proved To Be Turning Point
Shane Watson hit eight fours and four sixes in 59 balls. Watson also got three lives in this match, but he still could not win the match against Chennai. With this, Mumbai once again prevented Chennai from winning the finals. It was the fourth time that Chennai and Mumbai were playing final, out of which three have won Mumbai.
Chasing a target of 150 runs, Chennai started a brisk start, but Mumbai was quick to make a comeback and upset him.
Du Plessis (26), who constantly shot big shot, was pumped by Kunal Pandya to Quinton de Coke. He was dismissed for a total score of 33. Watson and Suresh Raina (8) brought the team’s score to 70.
Watson retained one end. They kept Chennai in the match, raising 20-20 runs in Malinga’s 16th and Krunal 18th over. Dwayne Bravo (15) was supported by Watson in the 19th over. Chennai needed 9 runs in the last over.
Watson’s hopes of winning Chennai’s win were intact. But Watson was run out for two runs in the fourth ball. Four runs were needed on the next two balls. Thakur scored 2 runs on the fifth ball, but the last ball was bowled out. Jaspreet Bumrah, ‘Match of the Match’ was selected.
Kieron Pollard Brought Mumbai To A Respectable Score
Earlier, on getting the bat feasts, the first innings was not enough to score a big score. In the last five overs, with Kieron Pollard, Mumbai could only manage 47 runs and during this time they lost three wickets.
Pollard hit two fours in the last two balls of the last over but before this Dwayne Bravo kept him back in the prior over. Pollard played an unbeaten 41 off 25 balls, including three fours and three sixes. Deepak Chahar took 3 wickets for Chennai. Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir got 2-2 wickets.