The final of this year’s Indian Premier League lived up to the expectations. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, two of the most successful teams in the history of the league, locked horns in the title-decider and played out one of the most memorable games in the league. The nail-biter kept the fans on the edge of their seats.
The game went right down to the wire with Super kings needing 9 runs from the last over. With Shane Watson at the crease batting on 76 and Ravindra Jadeja giving him company, the Super Kings looked favourites to win the game. For Mumbai, the responsibility was on Lasith Malinga to defend the 8 runs and the veteran delivered. The first three balls went for four runs before Shane Watson was run out while trying to take a double. Shardul Thkaur then dispatched a full-toss for a double before being trapped in front of the wicket with his team needing 2 runs from the final ball.
Super Kings had started their chase on a good note and had raced away to 53 for 1 inside the powerplay. However, Mumbai soon dismissed Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni in quick succession to reduce the Super Kings to 82 for 4 from 70 for 1. Watson was waging a lone battle but he too could not take the team over the line.
Earlier in the game, Mumbai Indians posted 149 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. Rohit Sharma‘s decision to bat first looked spot on at the start when Quinton de Kock hit Deepak Chahar for three sixes in the third over to set the tone.
But the Super Kings struck quickly to remove de Kock and Rohit inside powerplay as Mumbai finished the first six overs on 45 for 2. Mumbai kept losing wickets at regular intervals but some handy knocks from the likes of Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard took them to a challenging total which eventually turned out to be just enough in the end.
But while the final is being widely hailed as one of the finest finals, Bollywood critic and actor Kamaal Rashid Khan aka KRK thinks there was something wrong with proceedings. Highlighting some incidents from the game, KRK tweeted:
“Dhoni, Raina, Rayudu’s forcefully getting out and then Shane Watson’s unnecessary run out in the last over is proof that Ambani can do anything in India and money can do anything in this world.”