IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians win nail-biting final!

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    Mumbai Indian won their 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) title after a nail-biting final against the Chennai Super Kings.

    Batting first, MI set CSK a target of 150, after making 149/8, with an important unbeaten knock of 41 from 25 deliveries from Kieron Pollard.

    Pollard hit 6 boundaries in that innings (3 fours and 3 sixes) to give Mumbai a competitive total.

    In reply, Shane Watson’s 80 took CSK close to victory, but needing 9 of the final over, Watson was dramatically run out.

    It meant that Shardul Thakur needed two runs off the final ball, but he was caught LBW by Lasith Malinga, who conceded only 7 runs of that final over – despite going for 49 in his 4 overs.

    The victory also denied CSK a 4th title and the chance of retaining the IPL after winning the 2018 edition.

     

    Awards:

    Kieron Pollard received the award for the season’s Best catch after taking screamer at deep point off Suresh Raina in the league stage.

    Russell wins the award for best strike-rate

    Shubman Gill is the Emerging Player of IPL 2019

    Sunrisers Hyderabad win the award for Fair Play

     

    Reactions:

    Sachin Tendulkar: “The key moment was Dhoni’s run-out. But also in patches when Bumrah bowled those critical to even out Malinga’s one poor over was also crucial. And the last over, thought Malinga finished the game out beautifully. And as for the final, we knew we defended 129 in the final two years ago, so we were confident. I think we have a terrific team – with experience and youth. As Mahela said, Rahul Chahar stands out the way he’s bowled this season. Just fabulous. And don’t forget Hardik. We were in the corner in many games this season, and Hardik bailed us out many times.”

    Pollard: “These sort of games, these are the games you want to perform. People remember these games. Playing in so many finals, I knew getting runs adds pressure for the team batting second. I missed a few shots, but the way Bumrah and Malinga bowled in the last two overs – they finished it off for us. Malinga, a legend. Even in 2017, we didn’t put too many runs on the board. The team that panics less does better. It was a team performance.”

    Malinga: Last ball, I thought that if they get one run, it would be a Super Over, but I wanted us to win. So I went for my wicket ball.”