In the grand finale of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019, Lasith Malinga produced an incredible last over to defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians claimed undisputed supremacy in the Indian Premier League by securing their fourth title with a narrow one-run win over Chennai Super Kings in a pulsating final at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad on Sunday.
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. 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.
The heartstopping finish came after a disciplined bowling performance from CSK who restricted Mumbai Indians to 149 for eight. CSK, have now lost to Mumbai for the third time in four finals.
Mumbai Indians star Kieron Pollard has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at an on-field umpiring decision during the MI vs CSK IPL 2019 finale.
Mumbai Indians have four IPL trophies in the cabinet. Incredible stuff really. CSK, despite the loss, continue to be called a great team. The last-ball finishes can go anywhere. One of those days when it did not go there way.
One tournament comes to an end and the other awaits us. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 begins on 30 May.