Shardul Thakur’s send-off of Quinton de Kock did not go down well with Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma in the final against Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma was not a happy man after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer Shardul Thakur gave an animated send-off to Quinton de Kock in the final clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Thakur, who was slammed for a six over deep mid wicket on the previous delivery by the left-hander, bounced back with a well-executed short ball and was seemingly pumped after the dismissal as he exacted his revenge.
The incident happened in the 5th over of the Mumbai Indians’ innings when de Kock, who was batting on 29, failed to time his pull shot and ended up edging the delivery. CSK skipper MS Dhoni took the catch and what followed was a send-off from Shardul, who used his finger to show de Kock the way to the pavilion. Rohit, who was batting on the other end, was seemingly infuriated by the act and could be seen walking over to the umpires to have a word with them. Umpire Ian Gould then walked over to the young pacer and had a chat with him, asking him to calm down.
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However, it was de Kock who had the last laugh as Mumbai Indians went on to clinch the thrilling final encounter by just one run to lift the coveted trophy for an unprecedented 4th time. Riding on Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten 41 off 25 balls, Mumbai managed to post a challenging total of 149/8 on the board in 20 overs before successfully defending the target. Faf du Plessis (26) and Shane Watson (80) got CSK off to a good start before the Dhoni-led side lost the momentum in the middle overs after losing wickets at regular intervals.
Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu were both sent back cheaply before Dhoni too departed after a close run out. Watson single-handedly brought Chennai within touching distance of victory before eventually failing to take his side home. It was all down to the last couple of overs with the Chennai Super Kings needing just 18 runs from 12 balls. Jasprit Bumrah showed his class with a brilliant effort in the death overs finishing with figures of 2/14 in his four overs before Lasith Malinga bowled a decisive final over to defend 9 runs off it and win the title for MI.