MI vs CSK IPL 2019 Final LIVE: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by a run to clinch record 4th IPL title

Shane Watson’s 80-run knock went in vain as Lasith Malinga held his nerve in the final over as Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday and clinched the record fourth IPL title.

While CSK were off to a brisk start in chase as Faf du Plessis cut loose, Krunal Pandya dismissed the South African skipper. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu failed with the bat as MI pulled the things back.

However, they landed the big blow as Ishan Kishan’s direct-hit caught MS Dhoni short of his crease as MI reduced CSK to 82/4.

But Watson kept CSK alive as he brought up his second successive fifty and added 51 runs with Bravo. The two targeted Malinga in the 18th over, hitting 20 runs off the Sri Lankan pacer’s over.

However, the match continued to swing from one end to another as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Bravo in the penultimate over.

While with Watson in the middle, CSK were favourites to win, the Australian allrounder got out runout in the final over before Malinga held his nerve and redeemed himself as MI sealed a one-run win to clinch their record fourth IPL title.

Earlier, Deepak Chahar scalped three wickets, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir scalped two wickets each did not let MI go past 150-run mark despite a quickfire 41 from Kieron Pollard.

MI scored 37 runs in the first four overs as Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock tonked the ball. But Shardul and Chahar dismissed the South African and the MI skipper respectively in the final two overs of the powerplay.

While Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav added 37 runs together, CSK struck in space of two overs as Imran Tahir ended Surya’s stay in the middle before Shardul took a stunning running-catch off his own bowling to remove Krunal Pandya. Kishan was the next man to get out as Tahir got his second wicket of the match.

Although Suresh Raina then missed a dolly to dismiss Hardik Pandya for 4, Chahar did not let Hardik score too many as CSK made sure that MI did not end the innings with a big total on the board.

Chennai Super Kings innings (150 to win)

20th over: Malinga to bowl the final over! They have done it. Mumbai Indians have done it. Lasith Malinga has redeemed himself and how! MI have pipped CSK to win the record fourth IPL title. 

19th over: Bumrah to bowl the penultimate over! He removes Bravo and then could have sent Jadeja packing too but de Kock has dropped a dolly. Worst still, it has gone for four. CSK 141/5 (Watson 76, Jadeja 4)

18th over: Krunal returns into the attack! Boom, boom, boom! That is why you just can not drop Watson! Three sixes in the 18th over as CSK score 20. He has hammered Krunal. CSK are back in this game and how! CSK 132/4 (Watson 75, Bravo 15)

CSK need 38 runs from 18 balls

17th over: Bumrah into his third over! Dropped! Chahar drops Watson. Dear, oh dear! Bumrah grins. That could have be an end for CSK’s hopes. But Watson survives. This final refuses to swing in anyone’s favour for one final time. Meanwhile, Bumrah has gone for just four runs in the over. His brilliant night with the ball continues. CSK 112/4 (Watson 56, Bravo 14)

16th over: Malinga returns! What an over for CSK. Bravo and Watson go after the Sri Lankan pacer as CSK score 20 runs off the over, with a six from Bravo and three fours from Watson. The Australian has brought up his second successive fifty. He is keeping CSK hopes alive, CSK move past 100. CSK 108/4 (Watson 55, Bravo 12)

15th over: McClenaghan returns to bowl his final over! Just three runs in his final over. Excellent night with the ball for the New Zealand pacer. CSK 88/4 (Watson 42, Bravo 5)

Strategic time-out!

14th over: Chahar continues! End of a fantastic bowling spell from the young leg-spinner. Just three runs from the over and he ends his bowling duties with the figures of 4-0-14-1. CSK 85/4 (Watson 42, Bravo 2)

13th over:  Hardik Pandya into the attack! Drama, absolute drama! One angle shows MS Dhoni’s bat is out of the crease, another shows his bat is in. But Llong, the third umpire, says, it is out. It all starts with an overthrow from Malinga (and Rohit is clearly not happy about it) and then Ishan Kishan charges in from the deep and hits one onto the stumps, Oh dear, what scenes! MI are on top now. CSK 82/4 (Watson 41, Bravo 0)

12th over: Chahar continues! Dhoni is poking at the balls. Slip is in the place. MI are attacking and CSK are under the pump. Calm before the Dhoni storm or an indication the slide continue? Watson, meanwhile, has hit a four. CSK 79/3 (Watson 40, Dhoni 1)

11th over: Bumrah returns into the attack! And he strikes with a sharp bouncer. Ambati Rayudu’s below-par season comes to an end. Superb captaincy from Rohit to recall Bumrah into the attack and the pacer delivers. CSK three down. It is gonna come down to how MS Dhoni and Shane Watson. The match is right in the balance. CSK 73/3 (Watson 35, Dhoni 0)

10th over: Rahul Chahar will continue and he has STRUCK, Chahar’s trapped Raina in front! The umpire has raised his finger, and the review too does not save him this time, Raina departs for 8. His hot and cold season comes to an end with him eating up a review in an all important final when he was absolutely dead in front. Ambati Rayudu has joined Watson in the middle. Another excellent over from Chahar, 2 runs and the wicket, CSK 72/2 (Watson 34, Rayudu 1)

9th over: Mitchell McClenaghan will continue and Watson welcomes him with a BOUNDARY, he also gets a life after Malinga drops a tough chance, 10 from this over, CSK 70/1 (Watson 33, Raina 8)

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Rahul Chahar comes into the attack and he concedes just 3 runs, CSK 60/1 (Watson 25, Raina 7)

7th over: Mitchell McClenaghan comes back into the attack. Raina was given out, but choses to review it, there was no conclusive evidence and he stays. 4 runs from this over, CSK 57/1 (Watson 24, Raina 5)

Strategic time-out!

6th over Malinga to bowl the final over of the powerplay! Watson has gone after Malinga. 2 fours and a six as CSK score 15 runs of the sixth over to move past 50. CSK 53/1 (Watson 23, Raina 3)

5th over: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl his first over! Just five runs from his first over. A sharp bouncer to Raina as Bumrah makes his intentions clear. CSK 38/1 (Watson 9, Raina 3)

4th over: Krunal continues! Faf has gone after the left-arm spinner but it is the left-arm spinner who has the last laugh. A shimmy down the track too many. CSK have lost their first wicket after a 14-run over. Faf departs for 26. CSK 33/1 (Watson 7)

3rd over: Lasith Malinga into the attack! The wily Sri Lankan has started off well but then the final delivery of the over goes for five runs, courtesy an overthrow. Watson, meanwhile, could have been out runout had Ishan Kishan been more accurate. CSK 19/0 (Faf 12, Watson 7)

2nd over: Krunal Pandya to bowl his first over! Krunal almost pulls of a stunning catch of his own bowling. Faf survives. Watson, meanwhile, has hit a four as well. Just 5 runs of the over though. CSK 12/0 (Faf 6, Watson 6)

1st over: Mitchell McClenaghan to start the proceedings!  7 runs from the first over. Faf creams one through the covers for a four, CSK 7/0 (Faf 5, Watson 2)

Mumbai Indians innings (149/8):

20th over! Bravo to bowl the final over! Three dot balls, one a possible wide and then Pollard just adds some drama to the proceedings, moving outside the line – to define wide – and then keeps moving away. Umpires have a word with the West Indian. If Pollard was not pleased with the earlier call, the officials are not with this move. He hits two fours on the last two balls as MI score 149/8 after electing to bat. Pollard remains unbeaten on 37. 

19th over: Chahar to bowl the penultimate over! The Raina drop has cost CSK 12 runs. Chahar traps Hardik before the wickets. He is out LBW and then gets his cousin, Rahul, out. 2 wickets in the over and just 4 runs. Excellent over. MI 140/7 (Pollard 32, McClenaghan 0)

18th over: Shardul into his final over! Oh Raina, what have you done! Drops an absolute dolly and CSK have squandered a chance to send Hardik packing early. He was on 4. This could be costly. Pollard, meanwhile, has gone big again and yes, so has Pandya. 16 runs from the over. Raina and CSK will want to see Hardik’s back at the earliest. MI 136/5 (Pollard 32, Hardik 12)

17th over: Tahir to bowl his third over! 10 runs from the over as Pollard clears the ropes with a big six. If he goes on like this, MI can still go past 150. MI 120/5 (Pollard 24, Hardik 4)

16th over: Jadeja continues! MI could have been six down but Chahar’s fine effort was not enough as the ball falls short. Pollard survives. 8 runs from Jadeja’s second over. Pollard and Hardik will be key if MI have to put a respectable total on the board. MI 110/5 (Pollard 16, Hardik 2)

Strategic time-out!

15th over: Tahir continues! Hundred up but well, CSK have struck. Tahir has his second wicket of the evening. Kishan tries to play a big shot but he could only go as far as the covers and Raina is not someone to miss out on these chances. Tahir is now the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2019. MI 102/5 (Pollard 10, Hardik 0)

14th over: Ravindra Jadeja to bowl his first over! He starts well, the left-arm spinner. Just four runs from the over. MI 94/4 (Kishan 23, Pollard 2)

13th over: Shardul returns into the attack! What a sensational catch this is on his own bowling! MI are in trouble as Krunal departs for seven. Shardul runs towards the square leg after Krunal is done in by a sharp bouncer, the ball pops out from his (Shardul’s) hands but then he does well to complete the catch. CSK strike twice in the last two overs. MI are losing the plot here! MI 90/4 (Kishan 21, Pollard 0)

12th over: Imran Tahir into the attack! He is off for a celebratory run, straightway! The leg-spinner strikes in his first over. Surya inside edges one onto the stumps. The South African now has 25 wickets in this IPL. MI 85/2 (Kishan 20, Krunal 3)

11th over: Harbhajan to bowl his final over! Jadeja pulls off a stunner running towards his left, almost. But Surya survives. MI, meanwhile, have managed to score 10 runs from Bhajji’s final over of the night. MI 80/2 (Kishan 20, Surya 13)

10th over! Bravo into his second over! Kishan takes the attack to Bravo as the left-hander hits two fours in the first over after the strategic-time out. MI score 12 runs from the 10th over. MI 70/2 (Kishan 15, Surya 8)

Strategic time-out!

9th over: Bhajji continues! Five runs of the over as Harbhajan keeps things tight. Kishan is having some nervous moments as a leading edge falls short of Suresh Raina at the cover but no damage done. MI 58/2 (Kishan 5, Surya 7)

8th over: Dwayne Bravo to bowl his first over! Just three runs from his first over. Bravo starts well and CSK continue to keep MI in check. MI 53/2 (Kishan 3, Surya 5)

7th over: Harbhajan returns! Five runs of the over and fifty up for MI. The last two overs of the powerplay have gave CSK an upperhand. MI 50/2 (Kishan 2, Surya 3)

6th over: Chahar to bowl the final over of the powerplay! A wicket-maiden! What a way to make a comeback after being hit for 20 runs in his last over! Change of ends has done the trick for Chahar as he gives CSK a big breakthrough in the form of Rohit Sharma. MS Dhoni takes the catch and CSK end the powerplay on a high. MI 45/2 (Kishan 0, Surya 0)

5th over: Change of ends for Shardul! de Kock goes big and then gets out in the same over. A much-needed breakthrough as the South African was going big. Shardul strikes in his second over but MI have enjoyed a brisk start. MI 45/1 (Rohit 15, Suryakumar Yadav 0)

4th over: Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack! Rohit spoils the otherwise good over with a four on the last delivery of the over. MI score seven runs of the over. MI 37/0 (Rohit 14, de Kock 22)

3rd over: Chahar into his second over! Three sixes in an over. If Rohit can do it, I can do it one (two actually) better, de Kock must be saying. MI have got a move on after a two-run first over. Chahar goes for 20 in his second. MI 30/0 (Rohit 10, de Kock 19)

2nd over: Shardul Thakur in his first over! 8 runs off the over as Rohit opens his shoulder to smash a biggie off a bouncer. MI 10/0 (Rohit 9, de Kock 1)

1st over: Deepak Chahar to start the proceedings! A run each for Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock as MI score 2 runs from the opening over of the final. MI 2/0 (Rohit 1, de Kock 1)

07.05 PM: Here’s what both the skippers – Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni – said at the toss. 

Rohit Sharma: “We are going to bat first. It’s a big game, and we prefer to bat. Good pitch, there might be some help first for the spinners and fast bowlers, but we are prepared. We have batted on tacky wickets throughout the season, so we don’t mind batting first. We have been on the road for a while. A lot of guys have an off-day, many came out for training. A few days off have done us some good. We have one change: Mitch McCleneghan comes in for Jayant Yadav.”

MS Dhoni: “We were looking to bowl first. If the result is in your favour, then it’s fine, otherwise they’ll say the guys are fatigued. We don’t put a lot of effort in the fielding, so the guys should be fine.”

07.02 PM: TEAM NEWS: Mumbai Indians have made one change to their playing XI as Mitchell McClenaghan comes in place of Jayant Yadav, Chennai Super Kings have retained the same team. 

Playing XIs:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

07.00 PM: TOSS UPDATE:

Rohit Sharma wins toss and Mumbai Indians have elected to against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 final.

06.55 PM: Here’s the pitch report:

VVS Laxman: “Looks like a great surface for batting. Even covering of grass, so it’ll be a surface where the batsmen can easily hit through the line and play their shots. huge boundaries – 73 meters all around, so it’ll be important to convert the ones into two – in addition to scoring fours and sixes.”

06.40 PM: Bumrah vs Dhoni or Malinga vs Dhoni

This has been the year of Dhoni the batsman. With 414 runs, Dhoni leads the CSK’s batting tally and this is also the most runs he has scored in a single IPL season. So how to counter the talisman. Rohit has the great Lasith Malinga and the inspiring Jasprit Bumrah at his disposal. Bumrah has been held back for the death overs, but what if Dhoni springs in a surprise and comes out to bat early? will Rohit try and get rid of Dhoni as early as possible bringing in either Malinga or Bumrah. If that is the case Bumrah should be the man with the ball in his hand against Dhoni. Dhoni has not scored a single boundary off Bumrah this season and with the kind of form Bumrah is enjoying, he could get the better of the former India captain.

06.30 PM: How to stop MI’s new finisher Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya with a marauding run this season and reaffirmed his position as óne of world’s leading big-hitting finishers and CSK may as well be scratching their head on how to stop Hardik. CSK has leaked quite a few runs in the death overs with the likes of Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Chahar going for plenty. Dhoni may try and holding back Imran Tahir for Pandya and one over fo Harbhajan, but that runs a risk of letting the game go in the middle-overs were the likes of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav can dent CSK.

06.15 PM: No pace for Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock has had an impressive run in IPL 2019, and despite Rohit Sharma not firing as per his standards, de Kock has done really well on the tricky Indian tracks and the Rajiv Gandhi international Stadium will present de Kock with further challenges. De Kock likes pace and the gentle medium of Deepak Chahar could suit him. In the case, it is highly likely we see someone like Harbhajan Singh bowling in the powerplay to the left-hander to keep a check on him. Ravindra Jadeja could very well be an option, but a left-arm spinner may carry a bit more risk than an offspinner against de Kock.

06.00 PM: Will big match Watson fire?

In the 2018 IPL final Shane Watson single-handedly handed CSK their third title with a terrific century but he heads in the this year’s final with the second worst average for an opener in a single IPL season. But the he came good in the Eliminator and you may expect the big burly Australian to repose the faith the team management has shown in him. Or that Eliminator knock was the final hurrah for the opener? Only time will tell.

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Hello and welcome to our match coverage of IPL 2019 final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad on Sunday.

Mumbai Indians finished the group stages at the top of the table and then went on to beat Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 to gain direct entry in to the final. CSK, who finished second had to tough it out against Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator at their home ground of MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai to make their seventh final. (ALSO READ: Clash of titans for record fourth IPL crown)

My Dream XI Team

Quinton de Kock (CAPTAIN), Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Hardik Pandya (VICE-CAPTAIN), Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar

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Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians possible teams:

MI likely XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Mitchell McClenaghan/Jayant Yadav, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Lasith Malinga

MI likely XI: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 6 Murali Vijay, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Imran Tahir

Head to Head (IPL matches)

Matches played: 27

Won by MI: 16 (58%)

Won by CSK: 11 (42%)

In IPL playoffs:

Won by MI: 2

Won by CSK: 3

Form Guide (most recent first)

MI: W W W L W

CSK: W L W L W

Player to watch out for: Quinton de Kock