The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally came to an end where the trophy was lifted by the Mumbai Indians against the Chennai Super Kings. They won the match by just a solitary run to win the title for the fourth time in the history of IPL. Jasprit Bumrah won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his match turning spell in the game.
The toss was won by the Mumbai Indians where they elected to bat first and they made just a single change in their Playing XI Mitchell McClenaghan came in the side in place of Jayant Yadav. On the other hand, as expected, Chennai Super Kings played with the same team like the last game.
Striking first, it was looking like Mumbai’s openers will take away the match from their opponents as they were cruising at a run rate over 10 till the end of fourth over. But after that, the CSK bowlers got their team back in the game as they got the wickets of both of the openers in the next two consecutive overs. They continued their dominance as they kept on picking up wickets at regular time intervals.
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya scored a few quick runs middle but Pandya could not capitalize from there as he got out after scoring 16 runs. The case with Kieron Pollard was different as he stayed till the end of the innings with his knock of 41 runs off just 25 deliveries.
In bowling, Deepak Chahar was the the pick of the bowlers with his terrific spell of 4-1-26-3. It was interesting to see as he conceded 22 runs in his first two overs but he came back well in the next two as he conceded just four runs in them and picked up three wickets. Along with Chahar, Tahir and Thakur also picked up two wickets each while Harbhajan Singh bowled an economical spell of his four overs.
While chasing 150, CSK openers also got to a good start just like MI but Faf du Plessis got out after scoring 26 runs. After him, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni also got out cheaply and the pressure went to the Chennai’s camp. Shane Watson kept Chennai in the match he kept on fighting despite losing partners from the other end. He played a brilliant knock of 80 runs off just 59 balls but got run out in the final over.
After that, Shardul Thakur came out to bat and the equation went to two runs needed off the last ball, Malinga showed his experience and got the wicket of Thakur to ensure a victory for his team. With this victory, Mumbai went on to continue with their dominance in this season as they finished on the pole position after the League Stage and all won all four matches that they played against the Chennai Super Kings which clearly made them the favorites for this season.