The final match of the league stage in the Indian Premier League 2019 took place between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders where the home side emerged as the winners. MI won this game with nine wickets remaining in their hands and 23 balls to spare. Hardik Pandya won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his brilliant bowling effort in this game.
After winning the toss, MI skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bowl and made two obvious changes in their Playing XI as Evin Lewis and Barinder Sran were dropped from the side and Ishan Kishan and Mitchell mcCullum’s came in the side to replace them. For KKR, there was just a single change as Prasidh Krishna played this instead of Piyush Chawla.
Batting first, KKR openers started well as they scored 49 runs without losing any wicket till the end of the powerplay but Shubman Gill got out on the very next ball and from there, the scenario of KKR’s batting changed drastically after that. Lynn also got out after playing a good knock of 41 runs off just 29 deliveries. Robin Uthappa had a forgettable day with the bat as he scored 40 runs after playing 47 balls out of which 27 were dot balls. In the end, Nitish Rana played a quick knock of 26 runs and as a result, KKR somehow managed to reach a score of 133/7 on the board after playing their quota of 20 overs.
Krunal Pandya and Mitchell McClenaghan bowled very economical spells where they both conceded less than 14 and 19 runs each after their respective spells of four overs each. While the seven KKR wickets were shared amongst Hardik Pandya, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah.
Chasing an easy target of 134, MI openers provided their team with the desired start but they also lost their first wicket on the first ball after the powerplay just like KKR in the form of Quinton de Kock. But after he got out, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav played terrific knocks of 55* and 46* runs ensured a victory for their team.
With this victory, Mumbai moved up to the top of the Points Table to finish their this year’s campaign while KKR got ruled out of the tournament after this loss to finish at the fifth place. MI will now play against the Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.