It won’t get better than the last ball finish in a final, and it is exactly what transpired in Hyderabad as Chennai Super Kings lost by 1 run in a nail-biting finish. It was Chennai’s match to lose all the way as they were not in control of the game for the most part of it. First up Chennai restricted Mumbai to a par score on a decent batting surface with Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir bagging 3 & 2 wickets respectively. Later in the chase, Chennai got a good start, but after the Powerplay, Mumbai found ways to chip in with wickets in the middle overs. At the end, Chennai once again seemed to have found themselves in the driving seat with Watson’s smashing innings, but it didn’t last long as Mumbai somehow managed to defend 8 runs in the final over.
He was the lone warrior for Chennai in the chase, as he played a characteristic knock under pressure and almost took his team home. He was slow to start in the innings as Duplessis took the aggressor role but after his departure, it was all Watson for Chennai. He kept the scoreboard moving and made sure to pull things back whenever Mumbai found momentum. He was the top point scorer in the match with 54 fantasy points.
Quinton de Kock
He was the only batsman from Mumbai who dominated proceedings with the bat. He provided the team with a great start as he took the Chennai opening bowlers to the cleaners in the first couple of overs. Later in the second innings, he proved to be more than handy behind the stumps, as he accumulated 3 dismissals with his glove work. He made 36.5 points overall in the match.
If not for his crucial knock at the back end of the innings, Mumbai would have settled for a below par score. His knock provided the much-needed lift for Mumbai in a precarious situation. He took Chennai bowlers to the cleaners in the end overs after a cautious start to his innings. He made 27 fantasy points in the match and proved to be a worthy pick for all the fantasy cricket players.
He bowled an expectational spell in the match, as he bounced back after Decock’s onslaught in his second over. He came up with a wicket maiden over later in the innings and also proved to be effective in the slog overs where he picked two more wickets. He outlived the expectations of fantasy cricket players as he made 36 fantasy points.
He was the game changer for Mumbai with the ball, as he came up with an impressive spell of 2/14. He was as good as ever, with his overs in the chase turned out to be game-changing. He never allowed Chennai batsmen to settle with his variations and accurate bowling. He certainly lived up to the expectations of fantasy cricket players as he made 25 points in the match.
He was never in control throughout his stay at the crease. His knock hadn’t come in handy for Chennai as he used up too many deliveries which in turn put more pressure on the batsmen who followed next. In the first innings, he also dropped a crucial catch which made a difference of 10-15 runs to the total. He made only 8 points in the match.
He failed to live up to the expectations of fantasy cricket players, as he couldn’t contribute much in the chase. He departed early in his innings as he failed to execute the pull shot to perfection. He made only 2 points in the match.
We have performed decently with our predictions in the match. We were spot on with the captain choice and we got most of the top performers in our best grand league. If we had predicted a couple of top performing bowlers, we would have nailed the dream team.
FD Grand League Team
|Quinton de Kock||36.5|
|Faf du Plessis(vc)||38.25|
|Q De Kock||36.5|
|F Du Plessis||25.5|
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