Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mumbai Indians win record fourth IPL title

Mumbai Indians win record fourth IPL title

Lasith Malinga was hoisted from the field on the shoulders of Kieron Pollard after bowling Mumbai Indians to victory in an exhilarating Indian Premier League final against Chennai Super Kings.

In the three matches that these teams have played, the CSK spinners (Harbhajan, Jadeja, Imrah Tahir and Mitchell Santner) have sent down 30 overs, given away 184 runs and picked up just eight wickets. However, half-centuries from both Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis and an 81-run stand for the first wicket against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier II must have eased the nerves of the CSK management.

Rohit then gave the ball to Rahul Chahar (1/14) who started Chennai's downfall by trapping Raina (8) in front.

It remains to be seen if Chennai would be able to leave behind the shadow of win-less past against Mumbai but the fact remains that despite all odds, they are in yet another IPL final and ready to take on a young and spirited Mumbai Indians.

Their captain Shreyas Iyer is 23 and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, the likely successor to Dhoni in the national side, just 21.

The Mumbai Indians' batting line-up had several promising starts, but none failed to truly materialise.

The 35-year-old West Indies paceman Dwayne Bravo, returned figures of 2-19 to restrict Delhi to 147 for nine.

Deepak Chahar accounted for three batsmen while Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir took two wickets each for CSK.

Many wanted MS Dhoni to win this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the fans weren't sure if he will turn up next year.

It has been quite a journey for Mumbai Indians in the tournament so far. It means that Rohit Sharma has got one more chance to increase the tally of his captaincy records in his career. So, both sides have got their vulnerabilities,"he said".

"I thought we could use Hardik Pandya for the 20th over, but I wanted to back someone who has done it for us and Malinga has been in that situation and done it".

"They are a superstar team". He also said that they need to rethink few things, but not the focus will shift to the World Cup.

The Mumbai outfit looks sorted in all departments of the game.

The equation bowled down to two needed off the final delivery, the possibility of yet another Super Over looming large.

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

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