MI vs CSK, IPL 2019 final: Malinga's magical last ball seals record fourth title for Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians beats Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball thriller to lift a record fourth IPL crown.

Mumbai Indians players lift Lasith Malinga after winning the Indian Premier League for the fourth time.   -  Sportzpics

Highlights of tonight's Indian Premier League final between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians from Hyderabad.

What a night of cricket that was. In the end, Mumbai edged past Chennai to clinch the IPL 2019 title. That would be all from our side. I am starving... need to go grab a bite. You guys have a great night. Thanks for joining us tonight. This is Ayan Acharya signing off.

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MI vs CSK:  Malinga starts off with a yorker. Watto gets a single. Eight off five. Watto gets a two. Five off three.  Oh Dear! Watson is run-out with four off two balls.  TWO OFF ONE BALL. Malinga vs Thakur. Malinga gets Thakur out lbw. What a finish. What a finish to a pulsating contest. Dear Lord! Record title nO. 4 for Mumbai.

 

 

MI vs CSK: Bumrah to bowl out. Make or break over. Bumrah, you beauty, gets rid of Bravo. In comes Ravindra Jadeja.  Jaddu gets off the mark with a quick brace, and another couple makes it 13 off 7. Nine off six required. A costly lapse in attention from de Kock gives CSK four byes.

 

MI vs CSK: Bravo dismisses a near-yorker for a fabulous six. Watson brings up a second fifty in as many games with two back-to-back fours. And another four and a single to end the over. 20 off it. Bumrah is back for his third. DROPPED! Watson has been dropped for the third time this innings! Just four off the over. Chennai needs 38 runs in 18 balls. Krunal to bowl the 18th over. Watson, you beauty. He launches Krunal over deep extra cover for six before going straight down the ground for another maximum. Three in three. WHAT A HIT! Watson is running away with the match. 20 off the over. CSK 131/4 after 18 overs.

 

MI vs CSK:  Hardik Pandya into the attack. MS Dhoni is run out. HUGE MOMENT in the match. Ishan Kishan catches Dhoni JUST short of the crease and Chennai have lost their talismanic skipper. Only three off the over and a huge wicket of MS.  Dwayne Bravo is the new man in. Rahul to bowl out. Rahul drops Watson: second life. Just three off the over.  McClenaghan is back. Three from the over. CSK 88/4 after 15 overs.

 

MI vs CSK:  Rahul Chahar traps Raina in front. He reviews but replays show the ball hitting the stumps. Rayudu is the new man in. Two runs and a wicket off the over. Bumrah is back for his second. Mumbai applying pressure on Chennai. Can Watson continue in the same vein? Rayudu is caught behind, and Bumrah strikes. Chahar and Bumrah strikes in two overs has brought Mumbai back into the game. All eyes on Dhoni now as he joins Watson in the middle. Rahul to continue. Watto ruins an excellent over with a four off the last ball. Six off it. CSK 79/3 after 12 overs. Chennai needs 71 runs in 48 balls.

 

MI vs CSK: McClenaghan back into the attack. Two singles to start the over, and a wide. Nothing going MI's way, at the moment: the latter being the operative phrase. Raina has been given out caught behind but he reviews and survives! Good call, that. Raina gets a single and gets off strike. Four off the over. Rahul Chahar has been introduced into the attack. Watto misses out on a short ball. Just three off the over. McClenaghan is back for his third. Watson seems to be in the zone tonight; hits a half volley down the ground for four. Watson has been dropped; Malinga the culprit. 10 off the over. CSK 70/1 after 9 overs.

 

 

MI vs CSK: Krunal to continue. TAKE THAT! Du Plessis hits one over the long-on fence for his first six of the night, and follows it up with a fierce cut for four. Krunal gets Du Plessis; he is stumped. Big wicket. 14 runs and a wicket off it. Bumrah into the attack. Raina is the new man in. Five off the over so far. A dot to end the over. Malinga to continue. Watto gets a boundary, was in the air for a while but he's safe. He goes one better... errr two better this time with a six. Runs coming thick and fast off Malinga. He brings up the team fifty with yet another strike to the third-man boundary for four. 15 off the over. CSK 53/1 after 6 overs.

 

MI vs CSK:  Shot. Du Plessis gets off the mark with a glorious cover drive. He gets off strike with a single next ball. Watson takes a brace to end the over. Seven coming off it. Krunal Pandya to share the new ball. Watto gets into the act, scythes one through the covers for four. Five coming from it. Malinga into the attack. Du Plessis gets a single. Good over from Slinga Malinga so far.  Watson hares towards the end for a risky single, and nearly gets run out.  Five runs (Total); Four overthrows... CSK 19/0 after 3 overs.

 

Out come Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson. Will it be a walk in the park or will Mumbai pose a real change? McClenaghan to start with the new ball.

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MI vs CSK: Bravo to bowl out. Pollard turns down a single off the first ball. He's farming the strike and understandably so. Drama in the middle. Pollard is unhappy with an umpire's call and makes his dissent known. Umpires have a chat and all's fine. McClenaghan is run out next ball, Pollard retains strike and carves one through the covers for four, and follows it up with another four. Chennai needs 150 to win and lift a record fourth IPL title.

 

MI vs CSK: Chahar to bowl out. Hardik smashes a short ball for four. GONE! Hardik's been given out lbw, and it's Chahar who gets the marauder out. Hardik has reviewed but replays show the ball hitting the stumps. That's OUT! And another one bites the dust; this time it's Deepak's cousin Rahul, who has holed out and Mumbai are seven down. McClenaghan joins Pollard.  4-1-26-3: Deepak. MI 140/7 after 19 overs.

 

MI vs CSK: Jaddu is back. Pollard gets a much-needed boundary, but Chahar came close to catching Pollard there. But the balls lands just in front. Eight in the over.  Tahir to continue. Pollard goes big, gets a maximum. 10 off the over. Thakur to bowl out. Raina has dropped a sitter of Hardik. Dear oh Dear. How expensive will that prove to be? Pollard rubs salt in the wound next ball; dismisses a short ball over deep mid-wicket for six. Hardik joins the fun with a helicopter shot for yet another six. 16 off that over. MI 136/5 after 18 overs. 34 in the last three.

 

MI vs CSK: Thakur back into the attack. Krunal Pandya is in next.  Thakur has got rid of Krunal with a brilliant, tumbling catch off his own bowling! Kieron Pollard is in next. Brilliant from Shardul. Just five coming off it. Jaddu introduced into the attack. A tight first over: just four. Tahir back into the attack and welcomed by Pollard with a humongous straight six. That's 100 up for MI. WICKET NO. 2 for TAHIR! Purple cap to the Protean and Kishan departs. Hardik at the crease now. Eight off the over. MI 102/5 after 15 overs.

 

MI vs CSK: Bravo to continue. Ishan Kishan welcomes him with a six over long-on. Bravo's loopy full toss has been swept away nicely by Kishan for four. 12 runs off the over. Bhajji to bowl out. Surya has flicked this one away for four  to deep mid-wicket, but just.  Kishan ends the over with a four more. 10 off it. Bhajji: 4-0-27-0. Tahir has been introduced into the attack. Tahir cleans up Surya; he now is the joint highest wicket taker this season with Kagiso Rabada: 25. Just five off it. MI 85/3 after 12 overs.

 

MI vs CSK: Bhajji back into the attack. Four singles so far. And another single to finish the over. Five off it. Bravo into the attack. A dot followed by three singles. Its been a quite few overs so far. Three off this. Bhajji to bowl his third. Surya and Kishan doing it in ones and twos. First four overs: 37/0 and Next four overs: 16/2.  Five off it. MI 58/2 after 9 overs.

 

MI vs CSK: Bhajji into the attack. Three singles and a dot. Brilliant from Bhajji. Rohit gives the charge and Bhajji responds by pulling the length back. But Rohit gets a boundary to end the over. Seven off it. Thakur to continue. Looks like a beautiful batting pitch. Thakur's cranking em up at the moment. De Kock's game for it: launches a short ball over deep mid-wicket for six. GONE! De Kock has perished, and Thakur has his revenge. Suryakumar Yadav in at 3. Eight runs and a wicket. Chahar back into the attack. He strikes! Rohit Sharma is out and with it, MS Dhoni becomes the most successful keeper in IPL history. Ishan Kishan in at 4. Wicket maiden. MI 45/2 after 6 overs.

 

MI vs CSK: De Kock gets off the mark with a single. Rohit opens his account as well; a single to him. A dot to end the over. Just two off it. Shardul Thakur to share the new ball. Shardul gives a single straightaway. Beauty from Thakur; an away swinger beats Rohit's edge. Follows it up with a quicker delivery: no run. SHOT! Rohit pulls one with disdain for the first six of the night. That was smashed to deep square-leg for six, and they need a new ball. Eight runs off it. Chahar to continue. BAAM! De Kock greets Chahar with a handsome hit for six. A wide ball follows... And another maximum! Pressing foot on the pedal, is de Kock. Make that three. He is in raging form, is the Protean. A single to end the over. 20 off it. MI 30/0 after 3 overs.

 

Rohit Sharma, de Kock to open the innings for Mumbai. Deepak Chahar with the new ball.

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TOSS UPDATE: Rohit Sharma has won the toss and Mumbai Indians will bat.

STAT ALERT| Every time Mumbai Indians has won the toss in the IPL final, it has batted first!

Batting first W-L record in Hyderabad this IPL:
All games: Won 4; Lost 3
Night games: : Won 3; Lost 2

All the three previous MI-CSK finals were won by team batting first.
2010: CSK won by 22 runs
2013: MI won by 23 runs
2015: MI won by 41 runs

 

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

 

PITCH REPORT| "The pitch looks beautiful for batting. It is a rock solid surface. The batsmen can trust the deck. The boundary is big so batsmen need to convert the singles into twos well."

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Hari Kishore updates from Hyderabad:

Hardik Pandya walks to the pitch and gets a loud cheer. He is followed by Mahela Jayawardene and then one by one the Mumbai players inspect the wicket. Meanwhile, CSK's Shane Watson is having a closer look at the pitch.

No rain forecast, atleast for now. The stands are filling and it is an aesthetic sight to see a mix of yellow and blue amidst the white chairs.

 

Right then, at least here we have an outright winner!

 

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Chennai Super Kings will look to defend its title after reaching its eighth final in ten seasons, while Mumbai Indians looks well-balanced to win its fourth title.

Here's Hari Kishore's preview of this evening's contest:

IPL Final: CSK, MI ready to battle for fourth title

After 59 gruelling games in the 12 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it is only fitting to see the two most consistent teams — Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians — play the summit clash. Both the teams have won the IPL three times and a fourth in the kitty would be enough to give the bragging rights of being the best in the business and before the focus shifts to the ICC World Cup.

Chennai Super Kings seems the experienced when it comes to playing the final with eight appearances in 10 seasons while for Mumbai Indians this will be the fifth appearance in 12 seasons. However, when it translates into success rate, Mumbai Indians clearly holds the edge — including two wins against CSK (in 2013 and 2015). For the record, Chennai Super Kings is the only team to successfully defend its IPL title (winning in 2010 and 2011).

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In the ongoing edition, it will be the fourth time these teams are meeting and MI has emerged victorious in all three. However, with the final being a different ball game, past records and statistics hold little prominence.

Chennai Super Kings has struggled with its opening combination, this season. The openers have only averaged a measly 18, before the qualifiers. However, half-centuries from both Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis and an 81-run stand for the first wicket against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier II must have eased the nerves of the CSK management. That, only because Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose not to tinker with the opening combination despite several failures terming the duo as match winners on their day.

Suresh Raina (375 runs with a strike rate of 125), Ambati Rayudu, Dhoni (414 runs with a strike rate of 137), Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja form the middle order which boasts of plenty of experience in this format.

While spin might have been CSK’s strength, it was commendable to see Mumbai Indians negotiating the threat easily on all the three occasions they have played this season.

In the three matches that these teams have played, the CSK spinners (Harbhajan, Jadeja, Imrah Tahir and Mitchell Santner) have sent down 30 overs, given away 184 runs and picked up just eight wickets.

The CSK slow bowlers, on a weary Hyderabad track, would be hoping for a better show on Sunday.

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Imran Tahir, with 24 wickets, will win the Purple Cap if he takes two more. Deepak Chahar with 19 wickets has also been productive with the new ball for CSK.

Mumbai rejuvenated after a break

A four-day break after the first qualifier must have rejuvenated the Mumbai Indians camp.

The Mumbai outfit looks sorted in all departments of the game. The form of Quinton de Kock (500 runs in 15 matches at a strike rate of 131.23), Suryakumar Yadav with 409 runs striking at 133 and Rohit Sharma with 390 runs at 129.5 will be handy for Mumbai at the top with the astronomical strike rates of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard coming into play towards the end of the innings.

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Mumbai isn’t short of experience in the bowling department. Jasprit Bumrah with 17 wickets, Lasith Malinga with 15 and Hardik Pandya with 14 wickets have been effective and Rohit will bank on the experience of Bumrah and Malinga in the death to counter CSK’s attacking prowess.

Apart from the trio, Rohit also has the services of Krunal Pandya who has made the batsmen work hard for runs and has also been among wickets. His 11 wickets in 15 games with an economy rate of 6.88 will augur well for Rohit in the middle overs.

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Come Sunday, it will be a clear test of experience versus talent not forgetting the fact that unpredictability has been the constant in this edition of the IPL.

Numbers:

241 – The most number of runs scored in IPL finals, by Suresh Raina

117* - The highest individual score in IPL finals, by Shane Watson (vs SRH in 2018)

– The most number of wickets in IPL finals, by Dwayne Bravo

 

Head to head (29 matches) - Mumbai Indians – 17 | Chennai Super Kings – 12

 

This edition

At Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai Indians 170/5 beat Chennai Super Kings 133/8

At M.A. Chidambaram Stadium: Mumbai Indians 155/4 beat Chennai Super Kings 109

At M.A. Chidambaram Stadium (qualifier 1): Chennai Super Kings 131/4 lost to Mumbai Indians 132/4

 

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar.