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Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 win

indiatoday.in

Mumbai Indians’ open-bus parade in Mumbai took place on Monday evening as thousands turned up to cheer for the players and the support staff following their IPL 2019 triumph a day before in Hyderabad.

The franchise owners organised a get-together with the fans at Antilia (Mukesh Ambani’s house) and they rode in an open bus through the streets of the city to their team hotel at Nariman point from there onwards.

The whole team along with the support staff members were present at the gathering along with hundreds and thousands of fans who have lined up on the streets from Altamound Road to Nariman Point.

Mumbai Indians’ social media handles along with some of the players posted pictures and videos of the whole event as they went live with the fans and shared their joy at being crowned the IPL champions for the fourth time in the tournament’s history.

Mumbai defeated MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the final on Sunday by 1 run in a humdinger of a contest in Hyderabad to lift the trophy for the fourth time after 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Chasing a modest 150 for victory, Chennai Super Kings rode on opener Shane Watson’s innings to reach within touching distance of the target but Mumbai held their nerves and Lasith Malinga produced an outstanding final over to take snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Mumbai rode on Pollard’s unbeaten 41 to post 149 for 8 but they looked hapless when Watson was in the middle. Watson, who was dropped twice during the knock, was singlehandedly carrying Chennai’s hopes with a belligerent 80 off 59 balls, his innings laced with eight fours and four sixes.

But once he was run out off the fourth ball of the final over, it was Sri Lankan Malinga who showed his class to snatch the crown from the defending champions.

With two runs needed off the final ball, Malinga executed a slower yorker to perfection, trapping Shardul Thakur (2) right in front to send his teammates including skipper Rohit into delirium as Shane Watson sunk in his seat in the Chennai dugout.

The win was Mumbai’s fourth in succession against Chennai in IPL 2019 and also their fourth against the Super Kings in an IPL final. Rohit Sharma has led Mumbai on all four occasions. He is the only player to have won the trophy five times – 4 with MI and one with Deccan Chargers in 2009.

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