MI defeats CSK by one run, lifts IPL trophy

In the finals of Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), Lasith Malinga produced a great last over to defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians (MI) won with a one-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Hyderabad on Sunday. Super Kings needed nine runs off the last over but the experienced Lankan paceman Malinga kept his nerve to concede seven.

He trapped Shardul Thakur leg before in the last ball after Watson (80 off 59) got run out two balls earlier. Before that Jasprit Bumrah kept Mumbai in the hunt with his tidy overs and two wickets, getting rid of Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu. He just gave 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 heart-stopping 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.