Last-ball Thriller! Mumbai Indians Trump CSK by 1 Run in IPL Final.

Vishal Chauhan, 13/05/2019
Last-ball Thriller! Mumbai Indians Trump CSK by 1 Run in IPL Final.

Snapshot

  • Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run to with their fourth IPL title.
  • Mumbai Indians: 149 for 8 in 20 overs. (K Pollard not out 41, Q de Kock 29; D Chahar 3/26, I Tahir 2/23, S Thakur 2/37).
  • Chennai Super Kings: 148 for 7 in 20 overs. (S Watson 80; J Bumrah 2/14).

Lasith Malinga produced a top-notch last over to successfully defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians registered a record-breaking fourth title with a narrow one-run win over Chennai Super Kings in a thriller of a final in Hyderabad on Sunday.

CSK needed nine runs off the last over but the experienced Lankan paceman Malinga kept his nerve to concede eight. He trapped Shardul Thakur leg before in the last ball after Watson (80 off 59) got run out two balls earlier.

Before that Jasprit Bumrah kept Mumbai in the hunt with his tidy overs and two wickets, getting rid of Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu. The premier Indian pacer produced 13 dot balls in his testing overs. Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar also played a key role in the middle overs as he too created pressure by bowling 13 dot balls.

Lasith Malinga bowled an excellent final over in the match to defend 9 runs.Lasith Malinga bowled an excellent final over in the match to defend 9 runs.(Photo: BCCI/IPL)

Both teams were tied at three IPL titles each heading into the finale with Mumbai holding the upper hand, having beaten CSK thrice earlier in the competition. CSK, have now lost to Mumbai for the third time in four finals.

CSK had made a steady start by reaching 53 for one in the Powerplay but Mumbai bounced back in the middle overs, removing a struggling Suresh Raina (8 off 14) before getting rid of Rayudu to have CSK under the pump.

The biggest moment came of the game in the 13th over when Dhoni was run-out trying to steal an extra single. An alert Ishan Kishan was spot on with his direct hit and he just about managed to get the better of Dhoni.