IPL 2019: Defending a paltry 132, CSK needed wickets in clusters and just when the game was slipping away, Imran Tahir picked two wickets off two balls to give some hope to the defending champions. Tahir got Ishan Kishan and then of the very next ball, Krunal Pandya was caught and bowled by Tahir. Tahir was on a hat-trick, it did not happen as MI beat CSK by six wickets to become the first team to make it to the finals. Suryakumar Yadav’s 70* was good enough for Mumbai to edge out CSK. Mumbai also became the first team to beat CSK in four consecutive games.
But Tahir is being hailed for his spell where he conceded 33 runs and picked two wickets. Here is how Twitter hailed Tahir:
“Somebody has to lose, things really didn’t go our way, especially batting. At home, we had to assess the conditions, we have played 6 to 7 games already, that’s the home advantage.. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Those were the things we didn’t do well,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation.
Meanwhile, at 40, Imran Tahir becomes the fastest spinner to 300 T20 wickets. He is also the second highest wicket-taker of the tournament.