Indian Premier League: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in final

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2019

Mumbai Indians became the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League as they won Sunday's final on the very last ball against Chennai Super Kings. In the last couple of games some of Mumbai Indian players like Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma have started to come into form.

Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard smashed an unbeaten 41 off 25 balls to set up the Mumbai Indians total.

Before this game, both teams had three titles to their names, with Chennai being the title holders.

Chennai Super Kings: 148 for 7 in 20 overs. Both plundered fifties off the Delhi bowling as Chennai powered past the 147 target with an over to spare and just four wickets lost.

De Kock fluffed his pull shot off Shardul Thakur, while Deepak Chahar foxed Rohit with a knuckle-ball with Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking both catches. Bravo returned impressive figures of 2/19 from his four overs.

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It was an outstanding effort from Chahar (1/14) in the middle overs, putting CSK under tremendous pressure as they could collect only 16 runs between 11-15 overs with loss of two wickets. From there on, it was a see-saw battle which eventually saw Mumbai continue their dominance over Chennai in what was their fourth final meeting. Watson had almost pulled off the chase for CSK; when 5 were needed from the last three balls, he squeezed a wide yorker, completed one run easily, but following a misunderstanding with Ravindra Jadeja set off late for the second run, that led to his run out. But Malinga sent down a slower delivery, foxing Shardul Thakur.

"The crucial part was to keep getting wickets", said Dhoni at the post-match presentation here on Friday.

Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis added 81 runs for the opening wicket in the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals.

Shane Watson in action. Watson hit eight boundaries and four sixes in his 59-ball 80.

The CSK slow bowlers, on a tired Hyderabad track, would be hoping for a better show on Sunday. Jasprit Bumrah would have two to his name. What is incredible about the Super Kings' record is that they have won 100 games despite missing two seasons due to suspension. This is the fourth final between these two teams with Chennai winning one and Mumbai winning the remaining two. Neither (team) has played their best cricket this time.

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