MI Trump CSK In A Ridiculously Entertaining IPL 2019 Final
And just like that, Malinga has redeemed himself.
The fight for the IPL 2019 title. Chennai in yellow. Mumbai in blue. Both have won three bouts apiece. And the fourth goes to Mumbai Indians.
19.6 OUT! Slower ball, yorker on middle, and the leg-side swipe has been missed by the batsman. It's all over. It's LBW.
Mumbai Indians are the IPL 2019 Champions, for the fourth time.
And just like that, Malinga has redeemed himself. Kieron Pollard picks Malinga up on his shoulder. The crowd is ecstatic. They're hugging and celebrating. There are fireworks all around. Half the other crowd is in tears: few are letting it out, many are brave enough to hide it.
19.5 2 runs. Full toss on leg, and swiped away to deep backward square. CSK need two off the final ball
19.4 GONE! Watson is run-out trying to steal a second. Four runs required off 2 balls.
19.3 Fired in the hole, Watson digs it out to wide long on: 2 runs.
First two balls have gone for two runs.
It Ain't Over Until It's Over
Damn you, Bumrah. You fiery beauty! Back of a length fired at 149kmph. Bravo tries to go big over cover, edges it to de Cock. He finishes with 4-0-14-2.
18.5 Well, what do you know: De Cock let one slip off his gloves, and the ball races to four as byes. CHAOS!
Six. Six. SIX!
You bet, it's Krunal bowling the 18th Over. Malinga went for 20. And there was no way, Rohit was gonna give him another. It was between Harik and Krunal, and he chose the latter.
And Watson gave him aplenty. Three consecutive sixes, and Chennai is back whistling again!
Watson survives again. Off Bumrah this time! That totals three. You don't drop three catches. And that, too, in an IPL final.
Meanwhile, Bumrah has been wildly exceptional in the 17th over. Just conceded 4 runs, hit Watson in the gut, and almost got his wicket. 38 required off 18 balls now.
DJ Bravo flickes sqaure over cow corner for a six. Watson reciprocates with three consecutive boundaries. The 16th over from Malinga goes for 20. 42 required off 24 balls.
Rahul Chahar finishes with an outstanding spell of 4-0-14-1. It could well have been 4-0-14-2 had he held on to Watson's straight strike. Earlier, Deepak, the pacer, claimed 3 wickets with an economy of 6.50.
Two dropped catches and a missed run out, Watson sure needs to see his side home after all that.
Dhoni Walks Off!
Dear oh, dear! Dhoni is short! This is close, so close. Out, not out! Looks different from different angles. Optical illusion? No, it isn't. It's OUT! The captain is out stealing a second off an overthrow. Excellent work from Ishan Kishan. This has titled the game in Mumbai's favour.
MS Dhoni's last two runout dismissals in IPL:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 12, 2019
12 May, 2019 v MI, Hyderabad*
12 May, 2017 v Delhi, Delhi #MIvCSK
Dhoni is playing it cool, for now. Takes 7 deliveries to open his account. But you knew that already. The captain takes his own time, and you could be rest assured when he's around. 71 runs off 48 balls. Game ON!
Raina and Rayuda, both of 'em out in quick succession. That's been more or less the case with them in the entire season. Raina plumbed in front off Chahar, and Bumrah gets his man Rayudu with a ripper of a bouncer. Brilliant captaincy this from Rohit to bring Bumrah now.
There's a roar after Rayudu got out: don't know whether that was for Bumrah or for the next man in—MS Dhoni.
Oh, dear. What a mess! It sure is Watson's night. Earlier, he escaped when Rohit Sharma had a shy at the stumps. And now, when he top-edged a pull, Malinga drops the catch.
Raina survives a scare. And the crowd roars. Short, back-of-a-length delivery and Raina is uncomfortable. The ball flies over his gloves and into de Kock's hands. The umpire gives out, but he reviews instantly. And guess what, there was no spike. Chinna Thala lives.
Malinga to Watson: a slower one on pads—an offering in the power play. Watto swipes it over backward square for six and cuts the next legitimate ball behind square for a four.
He took his time, but sure is finding his groove. A repeat of the playoff, maybe?
Oh yeah, Mumbai are back in the game. They had their heart in their mouth when du Plessis hit a four, a six, and a four again. They haven’t a huge total here. But Krunal Pandya held his nerve and fired the ball full and wide. De Cock effects an easy stumping.
Raina comes in.
Alright bring it on. Faf and Watto on the ground. Two epic fast bowlers in Mumbai's attack. What's it gonna be?
Another ravishing innings from Pollard against CSK in an IPL final. And this late flourish took MI to a fighting 149/8. Mumbai's innings was a stop-start one. They never really took off—minus Pollard and four sixes from de Cock. Deepak Chahar was splendid in his last three overs, Harbhajan was economical, and Tahir and Shardul shared a couple scalps.
DRAMA on the ground
When two West Indians are playing, expect a lot more than cricket brother. Two deliveries wide of the tramline and the umpire decides not to give a wide—probably because Pollard moved across first ball; second delivery, nobody can understand.
He tosses his bat up, catches it. And next ball, he takes guard near the tramlines. Now, that’s plain stupid—but who am I to judge. Umpires have a stern word with him. Expect more later.
Mumbai lose Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar in quick succession. Hardik trying to flick the ball off his leg, gets trapped in front. And even a review can’t save him there.
Oh, yes. Sibling rivalry, and the younger brother succumbed second ball. Well done, Deepak Chahar! From 2-0-22-0 to 4-1-26-3: talk about comebacks.
That’s audacious. A helicopter shot: by Hardik Pandya. And Dhoni is there, watching. Mumbai are on a roll. The crowd roars. Pollard and Pandya—the P2—look to redeem Mumbai from their sluggish start.
Going, going, gone! This is a perfect setting for Kieron Pollard. He’s got Pandya (Hardik) 22-yards away, who isn’t a bunny at bat. Three overs, nothing to worry about. I see a storm coming. Do you?
Oh, look honey! It’s another one. And guess who’s the bowler? Imran Tahir. He roars. Runs. And Dhoni lets him be. Of course, he’s now the highest wicket taker in the IPL 2019.
Ishan Kishan started well, hit three low-risk boundaries. But the youngster has to go now. He had to take a risk, top-edges the slog and point takes a dolly.
Shardul, you beaut. A bouncer right on the money. It’s a skidder that struck high on Krunal Pandya’s bat as he looked to pull this one away. Beaten for pace, just like his mate de Cock. He sprints, sprints hard. Grabs the ball in the second attempt; he tumbles, but he holds his own. It's second for Shardul. Chennai look in control.
Imran Tahir picks a wicket off his second delivery. And on he goes with his victory lap. Suryakumar Yadav had a good season, but not this match. It’s the IPL final, and only those who’ve can handle their nerves can truly survive.
Meanwhile, Imran equals Rabada for most wickets this season (25).
MS Dhoni (132) surpassed Dinesh Karthik (131) to effect highest dismissals behind wicket in the IPL. And hey, he also has more runs than any other captain in the cash-rush tournament.
After getting hit for three sixes in his second over, Deepak Chahar came back strong to rid captain Rohit Sharma with a knuckle ball. But that was after Shardul Thakur removed the dangerous looking Cock, who was looking to make the maximum out of the power play. Clever captaincy from Dhoni to bring Harbhajan.