Rohit Sharma lauds Lasith Malinga for last over hero, Chose Lasith Malinga Over Hardik Pandya for Final Over Because of Experience. The IPL 2019 final boils down to the last over. It boils down to the last ball. Go for broke or go home. Mumbai Indian Lasith Malinga v Chennai Super Kings’ Mumbai boy Shardul Thakur.
Akash Ambani, team owner: Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in IPL, and this is why he’s so good. I think Mumbai’s environment helps us tick. We back a player to the T and we treat everyone like a family. The squad and support staff is the reason why we are champions.
Malinga, bowling the 16th over, had been taken for 20 by a marauding Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo. Bravo had launched a Malinga yorker for six before the Aussie right-hander plundered three back-to-back boundaries to bring the equation down to 42 off 24, which at the time had looked achievable.
Malinga ditched the fast yorker for the slower dipping yorker. He ditched the around-the-wicket angle and went over the wicket. An 112.3kph slower ball floated into the toes of Thakur, but it still had the torpedo effect of a yorker. Boom. Game over for Super Kings. Mumbai clinched a record fourth IPL title.