Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: 12 May 2019
RR: 7.4 | Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run
Finished! Yet another season of the Indian T20 League comes to a close. It was nothing sort of thrilling, right from the start to the finish, but all good things have to come to an end. But 2019 has some added bonus. If this League is over, why mull over? Because an even bigger bonanza is coming! THE WORLD CUP! 10 teams, 45 league matches, 2 semi-finals and the mega final - in England, starting from May 30, with England and South Africa kicking things off! Do join us for that. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma, is all smiles. Says that throughout the tournament, Mumbai played good cricket which is the reason they finished on top. Stresses that they got some momentum at the start in the first half and when that was achieved, all plans started falling into place. Praises each and every player of the 25-man squad for chipping in at some point of time. Believes that Mumbai's bowling was excellent in this game with the bowlers putting their hand up post the Powerplay and bringing the team back in the match. Details that they backed themselves to bowl in any conditions and any situation and which is why they could bounce back. Praises Lasith Malinga for coming back so well in that last over, in spite of going for over 40 runs in the first 3. Admits that at one stage, he wanted to go to Hardik Pandya for that final over but he went for experience. On his own captaincy stint, Rohit humbly says that whatever he is, it is because of the entire team.
Chennai skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says that as a team they had a good season but wants to go back and discuss how to win finals. Admits that throughout the tournament, batting never clicked but somehow they managed to get to this stage and here, the poor batting cost them. Smiles and says that during the game, it felt like Mumbai and Chennai were passing the trophy to one another but eventually Mumbai held their nerve. Feels that bowling was Chennai's strength and even in the final, they did well, strongly commenting that this was not a 150-pitch but more. Adds that the batting needs to come good next season, else they will struggle during the knockouts. But for now, wants to focus on the upcoming World Cup.
The match officials are given their match medallions.
IMRAN TAHIR is given the award for taking the most number of wickets this season - 26. Believes that age is just a number (he is 40 now) and thanks Chennai for repeatedly giving him opportunities. Is sad that the team could not win but praises Mumbai for playing well. On playing in the Indian T20 League, Tahir says that it is not easy to bowl on such pitches and that too, against the best batsmen in the world but he believed in himself. On being jokingly asked whether he can play for another 10 years, Tahir says that he would love to play for as long as he possibly can.
Australia's David Warner, playing for Hyderabad, is awarded the leading run-getter of the season with 692 runs. Before he left, he managed to record an interview. Thanks the organizers for this award but also stresses that players do not play for awards. Thanks the Hyderabad crowd for religiously coming out in large numbers and says that he enjoys the Indian T20 League the most.
SHUBMAN GILL has been given the EMERGING PLAYER OF THE YEAR award. The 19-year old looks to be having a very good career ahead of him, with all the shots from the cricketing book.
First comes the Man Of The Final - JASPRIT BUMRAH - for his 4-0-14-2. Modestly says that he is very happy. Stresses that Mumbai know that in finals, things go very close, so all the players were very calm. He adds that even in his final over, he was trying to be calm and was focused on bowling one ball at a time, not thinking about any other pressure and backs himself in any situation.
Finally, we are ready for the actual presentation...
Akash Ambani praises Lasith Malinga for his outstanding bowling at the death. Feels the environment around in the team is the key to their success as they treat everyone as one family.
Nita Ambani says that it was very tense and she wasn't watching the ball and was going by the reaction of the crowd. Counts all the years they have won the title and congratulates Rohit Sharma for leading the team so well.
Finally... phew this is tiring... the Mumbai owners come on to talk. The mother and son are all smiles...
Sachin Tendulkar now says the key moment was Dhoni's run out. But also feels that Bumrah's overs were very crucial especially after Malinga and Krunal went for runs. Appreciates Malinga's effort in the last over and feels he bowled a brilliant last over. Remembers the last final here in 2017 when they defended 129 and they have defended another low score tonight. Sachin adds further they have a mixture of youth and experience. Believes Rahul Chahar was the standout for them this season and he feels he was brilliant throughout. Adds that the spinners were excellent in the middle overs and hence, they could win this tournament. Also praises Hardik Pandya for his exceptional hitting.
Mahela Jayawardene says you can't control the match from the dugout but they trust the players out there. Feels they had the game in the bag when Dhoni was run out but Watson came out all guns blazing. States they wanted to defend but they do not want such close games. Says Pollard has the experience and also has a good record against Chennai. They had lost a couple of wickets quickly and hence, he was sent up the order. Stresses that Bumrah and Rahul Chahar bowled brilliantly and he came of age. Feels the pressure he created was what brought them back into the game.
Okay. Time to talk to the maestros. Batting mentor Mahela Jayawardene and Mumbai's icon Sachin Tendulkar.
Shane Bond says that it's the culmination of a lot of hard work. Admits that 150 was a below par total but they knew they have quality bowlers and there will be the pressure of the final. Says that this League is draining and he is going to take some time off. Mentions about Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph who are not here but also played their part. Thanks all the players and their families for their contribution.
Mitchell McClenaghan smiles and says that he is proud of the whole squad and praises all the boys who did the dirty work behind the scenes. Mentions that they give it their all.
Hola! says Shane Bond. Don't leave me out! Here come the Kiwi duo of Bondy and McClenaghan.
Ishan Kishan now says this is the best part of the T20 format and Mumbai are known to make a comeback. Reckons they won the crucial parts of the game. Ends by saying he was backing Bumrah as he had two overs left and the pacer did his job extremely well.
Suryakumar Yadav says it was a very exciting and the perfect final. Mentions they wanted this to happen at the end of the season and he is pleased. States the routine the team follows is very important, they have great chemistry and they study the opposition a lot which helps them win titles.
The fireworks go high in the night sky and let us now see what SKY has to say...
Hardik Pandya says that they kept telling each other it will be 4-0 but admits that it was very tight. Adds that before making his debut, he had the image of the Mumbai franchise as his wallpaper on the phone and calls Krunal a pillar in his life. Adds that he keeps on learning things from him every day. Mentions that his plan was to win this League and is targeting the World Cup now and wants to win that too.
Krunal Pandya says that it was an unbelievable game. Tells that it's a dream come true for him and mentions that Mumbai was his dream team when he wasn't even a part.
This is a final. So no stoppage of interviews. More are coming. Here are the Pandya brothers.
Lasith Malinga says they needed a wicket, he wanted a wicket and he went for a wicket taking delivery. Nothing more is asked...
Jasprit Bumrah then says the ball was reversing a little bit towards the end. On the game getting close, Jasprit says that the team tried to stay as calm as possible. Mentions it went till the last ball like the 2017 final. Further adds he always believed in his team. States they are confident in their team players and he is pleased they are the champions.
Kieron Pollard starts by saying these are the games you want to perform and these are what people remember. Mentions he was just trying to stick there till the end and it worked well for him. Further adds Bumrah and Malinga were brilliant and they pulled it off for Mumbai. States 2017 was a similar match where they did not put up a lot of runs and it went down to the last ball. Reckons the team that panics would probably end up on the losing side. States it was a team effort and he is pleased they are the champions.
Time for some chatting. Pollard, Malinga and Bumrah first up, with Sanjay Manjrekar.
Chennai got off to a decent start, racking up 53/1 in the Powerplay. Then the choke began, which resulted in the momentum shifting. The defending champions slipped from 70/1 to 82/4 in the span of 21 balls and suddenly, Mumbai were favourites to win. But then, Watson started to come into his own. He took on Lasith Malinga in the 16th over and that changed complexion again. But on the penultimate ball, with 5 needed, Watson got run out while taking the second and that, once again, turned the game in Mumbai's favour.
Easily, Chennai panicked. This is what happens when you depend only on one or two players. Dhoni - their go-to man throughout the tournament - failed here. Watson - a man for the big finals - did it again but could not quite take his team over the line. But there was nothing from the other batsmen, with almost everyone throwing it away. Normally, just one solid partnership and one good innings at the top are required chasing 150 or below. Chennai had both. But Mumbai had the unbelievable never-say-die spirit. Lasith Malinga went for 42 in his 3 overs. But when it mattered, in the final over, defending 8, he conceded just 7. Champion stuff. Only Krunal had an off day.
The orchestrators of this win were three people - Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar. Pollard because, his unbeaten 41 took Mumbai to a competitive total. Bumrah ensured that after the early leakage of runs, there was control in the middle overs and the end but what a spell Rahul Chahar bowled. 4-0-14-1 - same as Bumrah with one wicket less but the choke that he had during the middle overs was exceptional.
Second 1-run win for Mumbai in the final of an Indian T20 League tournament. Remember the 2017 final against Pune? That was a 1-run victory as well.
Unbelievable again. How many nails are left on your fingers? Not many on mine. Just wondering - are there more twists on a path around a hill or in this game? So many turns. Mumbai winning, Chennai winning, no, Mumbai winning again, wait... Chennai back on... oh wow... Super Over and eventually, the game is over!
Tension everywhere! Prayers are on. Players are taking their own sweet time. What a final!
Shardul Thakur walks out to bat! He somehow needs to get bat to ball. That will surely be the message given to him before walking out.
Appeal for a run out! Shane Watson is the batsman in question. Has he made it with a dive? Looks out. Let's see...
Who will bowl the final over? 9 needed. 8 for a Super Over. Lasith Malinga will bowl it. 3-0-42-0 so far.
Ravindra Jadeja walks out to the middle.
Krunal Pandya to bowl now. This is a gamble from Rohit Sharma. Could go either way.
Jasprit Bumrah is brought back into the attack!
Lasith Malinga is back!
The final strategic break of this season has been signaled! 65 needed in 36. With Dhoni back in the hut, you have to say, it is Mumbai who are on top. However, Chennai still have Watson out there and it depends entirely on him from hereon. Can he once again be the hero for them in the final or will Mumbai be the team to win it? Mitchell McClenaghan is back on.
Dwayne Bravo walks out to the middle.
Appeal for a run out. MS Dhoni is the batsman in question as there is a direct hit at the non-striker's end. Big moment in the match! This one is turning out to be very close. The third umpire is watching numerous angles, in one frame MS is in, in another, he appears short... Good luck to the third umpire.
STAT ALERT - Bumrah vs Dhoni in T20s (Prior to today). Runs - 47, Balls - 46, Outs - 3. This will be THE contest that decides the tournament.
Hardik Pandya is on now!
A slip in place...
STAT ALERT - The Chahars are having a match to remember! Chahars - 4/31 (Econ - 5.17). Rest of the bowlers - 5/190 (Econ - 7.92).
The crowd erupts here as MS Dhoni walks out to the middle. The skipper needs to lead from the front like he always does.
Rohit Sharma has gone back to his ace bowler realizing that this is a crunch moment in the run chase with a new batsman in the middle.
Jasprit Bumrah is back!
Ambati Rayudu walks in next.
Raina has been adjudged LBW! He has a long chat with Watson and eventually takes the review. Looks very close. Might be umpire's call at best.
Rahul Chahar is on now!
Suresh Raina has been given out caught behind! He has immediately taken the review. Has it missed his bat or gloves? Let's find out...
The strategic break has been signaled and it is a much-needed one for Mumbai. Chennai are going along really well here. They are the one who have dominated the Powerplay and they need another 97 in 84 balls. They would hope to continue in the same manner. Mumbai on the other hand, need wickets and a couple of them that too quickly. They now have time to re-group and come up with a plan. Will they fight back or will Chennai continue to dominate? Also, Mitchell McClenaghan is back!
Lasith Malinga to bowl the last over of the Powerplay!
Suresh Raina is the new man in! Also, Jasprit Bumrah is on.
Lasith Malinga is on now!
Krunal Pandya to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase! Out walk Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis, the Chennai openers. The Mumbai players are in a huddle and now stride out to the middle. The new ball is given to Mitchell McClenaghan. He will be bowling to Faf du Plessis. Here we go...