Sachin Tendulkar rates IPL 2019 as truly incredible


Mumbai Indians became IPL champions for the fourth time after defeating Chennai Super Kings by one run in a thrilling final, here Sunday.

Chennai then needed two runs off the last ball to overtake Mumbai's 149-8. But the Sri Lankan veteran trapped Shardul Thakur lbw to claim the landmark win. Back in 2013, Rohit Sharma was appointed as the captain of the franchise after Ricky Ponting flattered to deceive. "He also had confidence he could do it", Sharma said of his veteran paceman who is an expert at bowling yorkers in the death overs.

MI fell back upon the two players, who have time and again bailed them out of trouble and even though Pandya fell cheaply, Pollard struck two boundaries to cap off the innings.

"Our bowling in this tournament was excellent". Lot of emotions. Nine of the last over was probably a position we thought we will never get to after the start we had in the first five overs. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis put CSK in the driver's seat with an 81-run opening stand. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson notched half-centuries for CSK. He made a decision to inflict further damage of the fast bowler by creaming him for three boundaries in a row in the 16th over, after Bravo had muscled Malinga for a six already. He smashed eight fours and four sixes to power the Chennai innings through.

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Deepak Chahar took three wickets while fellow quick Shardul Thakur took two. He was really consistent this year.

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, an advisor to the Mumbai team, nervously watched the finale and said Dhoni's run-out was a "key moment".

"I don´t mind that because all this increases the anticipation", Dhoni said at the start of the game against Delhi, who were referred to as the ´Kid´s Army´. "Both are on their toes from ball one". But as it turned out, like Watson, Malinga too had saved his best for the last.

Hyderabad: M.S. Dhoni´s Chennai Super Kings shrugged off their ´Dad´s Army´ label to reach Sunday´s IPL final against the Mumbai Indians with both teams looking to clinch a record fourth title. Yes, (winning in front of) Samaira because this is her first IPL and she came for most of the games. The Australian fitness trainer feels that there is no difference in the work ethics of players from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the Indian squad, they all sweat the same.