IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings thrice before the final, what will happen on May 12? Though they started on a losing note against Delhi Capitals, they started winning the games easily in the remaining matches.
The 37-year-old Dhoni is one of 11 members of the 25 man Chennai squad aged over 30. Coming off his and Faf du Plessis' match-winning stand against the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2, the openers began the chase positively with a couple of early boundaries before the South Africa captain launched a six and a couple of boundaries off Krunal Pandya. Both plundered fifties off the Delhi bowling as Chennai powered past the 147 target with an over to spare and just four wickets lost.
The game-changing moment came in the 13th over when M.S. Dhoni (2) was caught short of the crease by Ishan Kishan, with replays showing it to be a close call. The unsafe Pandya made his opponents pay smashing Thakur for two sixes in the same over before getting out.
Yet again, Mumbai Indians found themselves to be part of the final of the tournament. Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers for CSK with figures of 2/19. Camera shots showed Nita Ambani of Reliance Industries, the principal owners of the Mumbai Indians, bowed in prayer for a victory. CSK needed 17 runs from the last 10 balls, and despite the steady fall of wickets, it seemed like they would win the game after a slow start.
Dhoni´s side will get only 48 hours to get to Hyderabad for the final and recover to take on a side with what appears to be the right mix of youth and experience.
"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".
Thakur collected two off the fifth ball but Malinga then trapped him lbw with the final delivery of the match to seal Mumbai's fourth IPL title and trigger wild celebrations in their camp. If this is indeed their final IPL, what a way to go out. Deepak Chahar got the Chennai Super Kings off to a good start by dismissing Prithvi Shaw in the third over.
Meanwhile, the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings ensured that we had an exciting match on our hands as they fought back to take it within two runs of a win.