IPL 2019: Qualifier 1, MI vs CSK – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings
MI stormed in to the finals of the 2019 edition of the IPL with a convincing 6 wicket win.
Updated - May 7, 2019 11:36 pm
After 56 exciting matches this season, the IPL 2019 reached the business end of the tournament. The stage was set at Chepauk, Chennai, for the first showdown of the playoffs between the top two sides of the league stages. The iconic rivalry of the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians promised to be a treat for the fans. It was expected to be a neck-to-neck contest, but MI proved to be a little too hot to handle for CSK on the day. CSK could not make use of the home advantage for the game and went down by 6 wickets.
The track was on the slower side and no wonder why their skipper MS Dhoni wanted to bat first to extract the most out of it. They did not have the best of starts and had their top three back in the hut with just 32 runs on the board in the powerplay. Things worsened as Murali Vijay, who played in place of Kedar Jadhav, also perished a few overs later to see the Super Kings reel on 65/4. MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu joined hands in the 13th over to stitch an unbeaten partnership of 66 runs for the fifth wicket to see CSK finish with 131/4 in 20 overs. While Rayudu top scored with an unbeaten 42, Dhoni finished with an unbeaten 37. Rahul Chahar was the pick of the bowlers for MI with 2/14 to his name.
In the run chase, Mumbai Indians were thoroughly clinical in their approach. They have stormed into the finals of the 2019 edition of the IPL with a convincing six-wicket win. After having lost their openers early in the run chase, the MI middle order came good in this game. Suryakumar Yadav hit an unbeaten fifty to anchor the chase, and he found able partners in Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya. The CSK bowlers could not get their act correct, resulting in a one-sided showdown in Chennai.
Here are the MI Player Ratings for the match:
Quinton de Kock – 2/10
Quinton de Kock did not have the best of times with the bat. He had been failing to score big in the recent games for the side, and his string of low scores continued in this game as well. It was not surprising to see an overseas batter struggle on the slower deck in Chennai. The wicketkeeper-batter could only score 8 off 12 balls before getting dismissed.
Rohit Sharma – 3/10
Rohit Sharma had played the captain’s knock in the previous game for his side. Coming into the game, Rohit had the confidence riding high but failed to back up his good score with another one in this game. Chasing a modest total, the MI skipper started off with a boundary on the very first ball that he faced and then was dismissed on the next ball. With the captaincy hat, he was spot on with the way he used his spinners – Krunal Pandya with the new ball, and Rahul Chahar in the middle overs.
Suryakumar Yadav – 9/10
After playing a good solid knock in the last league game of the season, Suryakumar Yadav backed it up with a match-winning fifty at the bigger stage. The way Suryakumar has picked up form at the fag end of the season is only looking like a very bright prospect for the Mumbai Indians. Yadav played a very sensible knock in the match and stayed unbeaten on 71 off just 54 deliveries with 10 fours to his name. Batting in tough conditions and seeing his side through, Yadav showed great composure in the middle.
Ishan Kishan – 6/10
Ishan Kishan has got limited opportunities this season. The youngster finally had his chance to show his mettle in this game. It was a little harsh on him considering the fact that it was a tough wicket to bat on. His stay at the crease looked largely painful as he could only muster 28 runs in 31 deliveries at a strike rate of 90.32. He hit a four and a six in his innings before getting bowled by Imran Tahir. But his stand with Surya turned out to be match-winning.
Krunal Pandya – 8/10
Krunal Pandya had a good time on the field with the ball in hand. With the bat, he had an equally horrid time. He was sent packing for a golden duck by Imran Tahir. Earlier in the game, he bowled a very economical spell of four overs. Having bowled his complete quota of overs, Krunal conceded just 21 runs. He was tasked to bowl in the power play and he responded well enough. He bagged the wicket of Shane Watson in the match to finish with 1/21 to his name.
Hardik Pandya – 6/10
Hardik Pandya has been a proven star for MI camp this season. Not only has he been dominant with the bat, but has also contributed heavily with the ball too. He did not get his complete quota of overs to bowl in this game owing to the conditions. He bowled a couple of overs and was tidy enough to keep things down and finish with 0/13. With the bat, he arrived at the crease 30 runs needed to be fetched. He remained unbeaten on 13 off 11 balls.
Kieron Pollard – Not Assigned
Kieron Pollard did not get a chance to bat in the game, neither was he used to bowl in the match.
Jayant Yadav – 6/10
Jayant Yadav was drafted in the playing eleven at the expense of Mitch McClenaghan. Considering the fact that the track did not have a lot for the fast bowlers, MI camp roped in Yadav to fit in as an all-rounder. Yadav responded well and managed to dismiss Suresh Raina cheaply in this game. He bowled three overs in the match and finished with 1/25 to his name.
Rahul Chahar – 9.5/10
Unlike the previous games, Rahul Chahar got his complete quota of four overs to bowl. The young leg spinner looked mighty impressive and was the pick of the bowlers for MI in the match. He finished with highly economical figures of 2/14 in his quota of four overs. Making full use of the spin-friendly conditions, Chahar dismissed Faf du Plessis in the third over of the match and later dismissed a well-set Murali Vijay.
Jasprit Bumrah – 7/10
Jasprit Bumrah’s good run of form continued in yet another game. The Indian bowling spearhead failed to pick up any wickets but showed yet again why he can give any player a run for their money when it comes to bowling in the death overs. He was absolutely clinical in his final two overs as he gave almost nothing away whilst bowling to someone like MS Dhoni. Bumrah managed to dismiss Dhoni, but on a no-ball. He returned with figures of 0/31 in his four overs.
Lasith Malinga – 4/10
Lasith Malinga has been bowling with guile and precision this season. Although he has been a little expensive, he has emerged as a wicket-taking option for Rohit Sharma this season. This match proved to be an exception as he went wicketless in the three overs that he bowled. His first two overs went for just 12 runs, but his final over was taken away for 14 runs, which included two mighty sixes from the willow of MS Dhoni. He finished with 0/26 in 3 overs.