Mumbai snag 2019 IPL title

first_img(ESPNcricinfo) – IN a deeply tactical and wildly chaotic final, Lasith Malinga turned around a horror night in an exceptional final over to hand Mumbai Indians their fourth IPL title.The match went this way and that — both batting sides arguably underperformed, technology gave the third umpire a nightmare, catches went down and run-outs were missed — before it came down to Chennai Super Kings needing nine to win off the final over.Malinga — three overs for 42 until then, a dropped catch, ordinary fielding and a missed run-out to his name — turned up one final time with creaky joints to concede just seven.With two required off the last ball, he bowled the most magical slower-ball to win it for Mumbai, when most bowlers would have been happy to bowl a slower wide ball to try to ensure the tie first.On a night when experience came to the fore, Shane Watson nearly enjoyed a similar fairy-tale.Trusted through what can conventionally be seen as a horror run, Watson carried Super Kings into the final with 80 off 59, twice undoing Mumbai’s good work with his targeted assault of Mumbai bowlers, but his physical struggles got the better of him in the last over.With five required off three balls and with Malinga nailing his yorkers, Watson set off for a suicidal second, not only running himself out, but also leaving Ravindra Jadeja stranded at the non-striker’s end. It was perhaps time for Jadeja to say no to that second.Winning the toss and deciding to bat because of the pressure of the final, Mumbai came out full of intent to not let Super Kings bowl Deepak Chahar for three straight overs in the Powerplay. Quinton de Kock went after Deepak in the third over, hitting him for three sixes, and MS Dhoni was forced to go to Shardul Thakur in the fifth over.De Kock hit him for a six fourth ball of the over. Now Mumbai were close to pushing Deepak and Super Kings out of their comfort zone; all they needed was to not lose a wicket in the next two balls.De Kock didn’t pay much mind to this by-play, and went for another six, gloving the ball to Dhoni.This allowed Deepak to come back in the sixth over, and he responded beautifully with a knuckle ball that got the wicket of Rohit Sharma for 15.What’s more, he made that sixth over — usually the most difficult in the Powerplay — a maiden. From 45 for 0 in 4.4, Mumbai went to 45 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay.last_img read more

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Add turnovers to Clippers’ problems during exhibition season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With his team just 1-4 and struggling, Paul voiced concern that there is not much time left for his team to iron out its problems. Including Tuesday’s, there are just three exhibition games left before the season begins Oct. 30 at home against Oklahoma City. “These last few games, we have to start getting ready,” Paul said. “I don’t think we’re one of those teams that can just switch it on for opening night. So, we’ve got to be ready.”Injury reportTwo Clippers did not play Saturday because of injuries. Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is vying for the starting spot at small forward, sat out with a sprained ankle. Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain.Perhaps most worrisome is Jordan Farmar’s back, which has been acting up. He played just seven minutes Saturday.“I’ve been feeling it for a couple of weeks now,” Farmar said. “I’ve just been staying on top of it, and today it just flared up on me. It’s a little tweak in my lower back. I’ll be all right.”Farmar was queried as to a timetable for his return. He didn’t have anything concrete in that regard.“I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “The training staff is awesome, they’re on top of it. They work really hard trying to keep everything ready to go for the season, so that’s what we’re shooting for.”Rivers said on Friday that he wasn’t sure how long it will take Davis to get back. He said while Davis may be healthy by the time the season starts, he wasn’t sure if he would be in game shape.This and thatAfter opening their exhibition season with a 112-94 victory over the Clippers, the Warriors defeated the Lakers twice in succession and then beat Denver. However, Golden State has lost two in a row — to Miami and Houston. … Clippers small forward Matt Barnes has made just 2 of 24 shots so far. … Tuesday’s game, which is slated for a 7:30 start, will be televised by TNT. It can be heard on KFWB (980 AM). The Clippers have had trouble in several areas during what so far has been a rather unsatisfying exhibition season.They haven’t defended well, they haven’t shot well, they haven’t rebounded well. In addition, they are turning the ball over too much.The Clippers this past season averaged 13.3 turnovers per game, tied with Portland for sixth-lowest in the NBA. In five exhibition games this season, they are averaging 15.8 turnovers.Only Philadelphia (16.4) averaged more than that in 2013-14. What is perhaps worse is that in two of the five games, the Clippers had just nine and eight turnovers, respectively. In the other three, they had 23, 20 and 19.center_img “It’s hard to win games when you turn the ball over,” coach Doc Rivers said Saturday night after his team followed Friday’s 101-97 victory over Utah with a 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “We’re not shooting the ball well right now, either. As bad as the defense looked, which I thought wasn’t that bad in the first half, I just thought that right now because of our lack of offense, it’s taking our energy.”The Clippers have shot 40.7, 43.6, 42, 44.6 and 37 percent in their five games.Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford — who had a rare start — and Matt Barnes had three turnovers apiece Saturday. Point guard Chris Paul had two.“Turnovers were bad,” said Paul, whose team will try for just its second exhibition victory Tuesday night when it plays at Golden State (4-2). “It was like that (Friday) night, too. Sometimes we were trying to make the home-run pass, so Coach was saying that we’ve just got to try and keep it simple.”Paul a bit concernedlast_img read more

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