Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thrilling encounter by one run to lift their 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy.
Needing nine to win off six balls, CSK’s star performer Shane Watson (80 off 59) got run out. Thereafter, veteran Lasith Malinga became the saviour for MI as he bowled tight lines to turn the tide in his side’s favour.
However, at one point CSK were cruising but MI bowlers took wickets in quick succession to bring their side back in the match. The biggest turning of the match was probably the runout of CSK skipper MS Dhoni from where the Men in Yellow didn’t recover completely. But Shane Watson brought them back in the game when he dispatched Krunal Pandya for three sixes in the 18th over. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant 19th over wherein he gave just nine runs.
Earlier, MI skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first in the big final against the defending champions. Quinton de Kock (29 off 17) and Rohit Sharma (15 off 14) gave MI a solid start. De Kock was more explosive of the two batsmen and struck three sixes off Deepak Chahar in the fourth over of their innings. He, though, fell in the very next over off the bowling of Shardul Thakur.
Deepak Chahar came back strongly in his next over as he dismissed Rohit and put MI on the backfoot. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan built a decent partnership and when things were looking good for them, they both fell in quick succession. ‘Birthday boy’ Kieron Pollard played a brilliant knock (unbeaten 41 off 25 balls) to help his side reach a respectable total of 149/8.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 12, 2019
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) May 12, 2019
What a Cracking final , great tournament. Tough luck Chennai.
Congratulations Mumbai #MIvCSK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 12, 2019
— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) May 12, 2019
So here ends the @IPL season 2019 for both women and men. Back to back two finals . Eventually cricket wins .Couldn’t have asked for better finals to witness.Last day #Supernovas did it and today @mipaltan .
— Sushma Verma (@ImSushVerma) May 12, 2019
Brilliant calmness under pressure from Mumbai. Bumrah's gesture when De Kock missed the last ball and it went for 4 Byes showed his maturity and calmness and Rohit also handled the pressure extremely well. Well tried Chennai. But congratulations Mumbai on a 4th title #MIvCSK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 12, 2019
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) May 12, 2019
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) May 12, 2019
Speechless! What a way to become champion. It was absolutely thriller! Top class bowling from @Jaspritbumrah93 & Malinga was brilliant in the last over! Congratulations to @ImRo45 & @mipaltan for yet another crown! #IPL2019 #IPLFinal
— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) May 12, 2019
Unbelievable scenes at hyderabad. Wat a cracker of a final it was. Nail biting finish. Congratulations @mipaltan !! They have beaten Csk 4 times dis season. Amazing record. Wat a way to finish dis season of IPL.
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) May 12, 2019
And it isn't Watson's strength to run and especially not in the last over.. Why the second run.. Would have liked him to back himself to go for a big one when he got back on strike. Remember he struck Malinga for 3 consecutive 6's the previous over #MIvsCSK #vivoipl
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) May 12, 2019
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 12, 2019
Age is just a number for #malinga 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 12, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 12, 2019
Simply sensational 😱😳💥👏 @mipaltan champions of #VIVOIPL2019… 4th title…& 4th win over @ChennaiIPL this season!!!! WOW! Absolutely amazing… the ebbs & flows of this extraordinary IPL of 2019! @BCCI @IPL #magical 👍
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) May 12, 2019
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) May 12, 2019
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 12, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) May 12, 2019
Wowwwwww!! What a fitting game of cricket!! #IPL2019Final congratulations to @mipaltan and @ImRo45 on the record 4th #IPL win and thanks to @msdhoni and @ChennaiIPL for providing us with such magnificent cricket through the season.
PS: @BCCI plz consider a best of three finals
— R SRIDHAR (@coach_rsridhar) May 12, 2019
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) May 12, 2019