It was a quiet Sunday afternoon where all the people were resting and trying to relive their life from the hectic weekdays. But the people hardly knew that they had a roller coaster ride to join ji witness in the evening.
The stage was set as the biggest rivals in the IPL history were ready to battle for their 4th IPL title as each team had won it thrice before. It was the “El Classico” of Cricket.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad was the biggest day of the season.
The toss was won by Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians and he elected to bat first.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Chennai Super Kings said that he would have opted to bowl first, so, both the captains got what they wanted.
In all the previous 3 finals played between CSK and MI, the team batting first has eventually went on to win the match. So Rohit Sharma would have thought to continue the record of teams batting first.
Rohit and Quinton de Kock gave MI a brilliant start as they made 45 runs in 5 overs. Quinton departed of the 2nd last ball of the 5th over. The rate at which the opening pair was scoring, dropped down as Rohit also got out in the next few deliveries.
It was not at all easy for the new batsman to come to the crease and score runs with a nice strike rate. Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh were extremely accurate while bowling and didn’t give many runs.
Just when the partnership was starting to build, Imran got Suryakumar out and gave another setback to the Mumbai Team. Krunal Pandya and Ishan Kishan went back to the pavilion cheaply and Mumbai were stuck on a score of 101-5 in 14.4 overs.
But the hopes were still on as the 2 big hitters; Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard were still on the crease. Hardik with two mighty sixes was caught lbw by Deepak Chahar.
It was Kieron Pollard who took the control of the game and stood on the crease till the last ball, playing an all-important innings of 41 off 25 balls.
Mumbai Indians kept a target of 150 runs for the CSK to chase in 20 overs.
Run Chase for the Trophy
Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson opened the innings for CSK. Watson was not in his top form but was still trusted by Dhoni as he knew that Watson is the man of big matches. No one would ever forget the century in the final of the last year’s IPL against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Faf gave Chennai a brilliant start as he was scoring at the strike rate of 200. Krunal finally provided Mumbai with the breakthrough, as Faf was stumped by de Kock. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu failed to score and were out at the score of 8 and 1 respectively.
The Game Changer
The most important moment of the match came in the 13th over of the CSK innings where there was a overthrow and Dhoni tried to steal a second run but unfortunately the direct hit from Ishan Kishan showed him the path back to the pavilion.
This was definitely the moment which turned the fortunes for the Mumbai Indians. Everybody knew the importance of Dhoni’s wicket as we are aware of his abilities of finishing matches with an ease.
The Electrifying Last 7 overs
Shane Watson was rock solid at one end and was the main threat to MI after Dhoni. Shane was extremely lucky as he was dropped 3 times in his innings and took the full advantage of that situation.
Rahul Chahar played a dream final as he gave just 14 runs in his 4 overs and also took one wicket. Bowling dot balls and creating pressure was where he totally helped the team.
Bumrah also bowled brilliantly to keep the situations tight.
Malinga gave 20 runs of the 16th over as CSK’s hopes rose high again.
Watson decided to pick Krunal and hit him for 3 consecutive sixes and that’s where we all felt that the match has slipped from Mumbai’s hands. That 18th over from Krunal costed MI 20 runs.
Would be it be so easy for the fans and supporters that the match would end easily with the hard hitting from Watson? A hell lot of drama was still waiting!!
Jasprit Bumrah was absolutely brilliant until the last ball of the 19th over where Quinton made a huge mistake and just led the ball bounce of his keeping gloves and gave away 4 runs. 19th over gave CSK 9 runs.
The final couldn’t get better as 9 runs were required from 6 balls.
The experience mattered is what was showcased as the captain Rohit decided to give the ball in the hands of Lasith Malinga who had conceded 42 runs in his 3 overs. And oh man, the legend delivered.
He gave just 4 runs in his first 3 balls.
The Goosebumps that had settled for a while rose again as Watson was run out of the 4th ball trying to challenge the fielder and steal the 2nd run.
So it was 4 runs from 2 balls. Shardul Thakur knocks the bowl towards square and completes 2 runs along with Ravindra Jadeja.
1 ball 2 runs to get.
The man with the most number of wickets in IPL history VS the man who is not known for his batting.
And that’s where the experience, the knowledge and the career’s lessons came to help Malinga as he caught Shardul Thakur in front of the stump lbw and
Mumbai Indians are the IPL Champions for the 4th time!!!
What a Drama!!
What a Match!!
Certainly one of the most thrilling finals ever played in the history of the IPL.
2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 The instances of alternate title wins for Mumbai continues as they are the first team to win 4 IPL Titles, the most by any team.
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