Mumbai Indians turned the first four-time champions in the history of the Indian Premier League since they triumphed over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 final in what was an incredibly close match.
Skipper Rohit Sharma cannot contain his exhilaration after the umpire raised his finger, running wildly and celebrating even as the stadium erupted because of the exciting nature of the end.
Batting first in the final, Mumbai were contented with 149/8, nowhere near to a average total on a good Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium space.
The bowlers although had other options with Jasprit Bumrah (2/14) and Chahar (1/14) providing match-winning spells in the second innings.
The icing on the cake was offered by Malinga, who in spite of being hammered for 41 runs in his first 3 overs, turned in himself in the very dramatic fashion defending simply just 8 runs in the last over to overshadow Watson’s brilliant innings on top of the order.
“Dhoni’s out-a key moment”, asserts Sachin
For Sachin Tendulkar, it absolutely was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s run-out while Mahela Jayawardene credited Mumbai Indians’ unprecedented 4th IPL title win to his skipper Rohit Sharma’s tactical acumen.
For MI’s top-scorer Kieron Pollard, this was Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga’s 19th and 20th over that crafted the variation.
“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,” MI ‘Icon’ Tendulkar stated after the match.
Chief coach Jayawardene stated: “Thought we had the game when MS got out, but then Watto (Shane Watson) started hitting. Some great decisions by Rohit, going back to experienced bowlers at the death.”
Pollard on his part was all praise for the 2 slingers.
“These sort of 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 is a legend,” he stated.
Heart-Broken Captain !
Sanjay Manjrekar, Ex-India cricketer-turned commentator who was hosting the post-match ceremony after the massive final, furthermore asserted he have never seen MS Dhoni as heartbroken as he was on Sunday evening in Hyderabad.
“As a team, we had a good season. But we need to go back and reflect on how we reached the finals. It’s not one of those years where we played really great cricket to reach here,” MS Dhoni stated.
“The middle order wasn’t great, and today it was very funny as to how both teams were only passing on the trophy from one team to the other. Both teams made a lot of mistakes, the team that made one lesser mistake won.”
“My heart went out to Dhoni speaking to him in the post match, he seemed really heartbroken. Never seen him like that before,” Sanjay Manjrekar posted on Twitter.Share this to your,