IPL 2019: Didn’t watch the last ball of the Final, says MI owner Nita Ambani
Malinga trapped Shardul Thakur in front to bring the curtains down on the match.
Updated - May 13, 2019 12:56 pm
The Final of the 2019 IPL between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Hyderabad (SRH) had everything one could expect for. After loads of twists and turns, the match went down to the last over where CSK needed nine runs in order to chase down 150 and subsequently win the championship. But the Rohit Sharma-captained Mumbai came out trumps.
The ever so experienced Lasith Malinga had the leather in hand and after the first five deliveries of the over, he had to defend a couple off the last ball. Shardul Thakur, who ran two off the penultimate ball, was on strike. However, the Sri Lankan pacer showed nerves of steel and trapped Thakur plumb in front to give MI their fourth championship in the prestigious T20 extravaganza.
For the Super Kings, Shane Watson played a blinder, having scored 80 off 59 balls, but his efforts went in vain. In the meantime, pressure also got to Nita Ambani, the MI owner, during the dying stages of the cliffhanger, so much so that she didn’t watch the last delivery of the game.
Congratulations for leading our team so beautifully, says Nita Ambani
“The last over, definitely not [didn’t watch]. And definitely not the last ball. I was just going by the cheers of the fans to know what’s happening,” Nita Ambani was quoted as saying after the heart-racing thriller at the RGI Stadium.
Nita Ambani also showered Rohit with praises and congratulated him for leading the Mumbai-based franchise to glory in four occasions out of the last seven seasons. “All the times Rohit has been the captain in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Congratulations for leading our team so beautifully,”
Akash Ambani also lauded Malinga for soaking in the pressure and guiding his team over the finishing line in the pressure situation versus MS Dhoni and Co. “That’s Lasith Malinga for you. He’s the only bowler to have done it for 10-12 years now. He’s a special man in our team. I was just praying just a wicket off the last and nothing else,” he mentioned.