Malinga brings victory to Mumbai Indians in the finals of IPL

IPL 2019 Qualifier 1 Suryakumar Yadav proves his worth Mumbai Indians bear fruit of backing him

IPL 2019 Qualifier 1 Suryakumar Yadav proves his worth Mumbai Indians bear fruit of backing him

Mumbai won their finals in 2013, 2015 - both against Chennai - and again in 2017 when they beat Rising Pune Supergiant.

The equation bowled down to two needed off the final delivery, the possibility of yet another Super Over looming large. He first got stuck into Malinga - who repeatedly kept bowling full and wide, and Watson was only too happy to collect boundaries through thirdman and point. Up went the finger and Mumbai maintained their untainted record against Chennai this year.

"We know finals can be close, so wanted to stay calm".

"The crucial part was to keep getting wickets", said Dhoni at the post-match presentation here on Friday. Harbhajan has been a vital cog for Chennai in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"I had confidence in him despite a poor third over".

Ishan Kishan tried to bring some respectability to the score, with a quick 23 off 26 deliveries, and when Krunal Pandya was dismissed for seven runs, it fell to West Indian Kieron Pollard to take matters into his own hands.

"And the last over, I thought Malinga finished the game out beautifully". "Fantastic talent on display and the younger generation growing on IPL, it's contagious", said Tendulkar, who played six seasons of IPL till 2013. Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir both picked up two wickets each.

Shane Watson's innings was a tale of two halves.

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Faf du Plessis pushed Trent Boult's third delivery towards point and took a few strides forward, while Shane Watson nearly ran into him in the middle of the pitch. That is when MI bounced back. The wives of several cricketers, including MS Dhoni, were also addressing the heavens, as were hundreds of the audience members who'd turned up for the game. And the bowler he targeted was Malinga. But, before he could inflict further damage, Thakur sent him back.

Clearly, MI had to get Watson.

Chennai Super Kings: 148-7 (Shane Watson 80, JaspritBumrah 2-14) by 1 run.

"Rahul Chahar stands out". Three catches dropped, and even that wasn't enough to prevent Chennai from going down.

Opting to bat, Mumbai were off to a flying start riding on de Kock's power hitting. It looked like a normal collection for the wicketkeeper, but de Kock made an absolute mess of it and gave away four free runs to Chennai.

This was the fourth time the Rohit Sharma-led side defeated MS Dhoni & Co. this season. Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat, and provided stable support to Watson. The risky Pandya made his opponents pay smashing Thakur for two sixes in the same over before getting out.

The legspinner struck second ball into his spell with Yadav playing on.

West Indies batsman Pollard's unbeaten 41 off 25 balls, alongside Quinton de Kock's 29 helped set up the Mumbai total. Chapman is sports science manager for Australia's domestic cricket team New South Wales.

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