MS Dhoni © IANS (File Photo)
MS Dhoni © IANS (File Photo)

 

Apr 25, 2014

 

Chennai Super Kings are just 9 runs away from their third straight win in IPL 2014, as they are placed at 133 for the loss of three wickets after the end of the 18th over against the Mumbai Indians in this crucial IPL 7 encounter at Dubai.

 

Brendon McCullum has superbly guided this chase so far. After losing Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina in quick succession after a successful start, McCullum and du Plessis strung a 53-run partnership to guide Chennai even closer to another win in this season of the IPL. But then du Plessis fell in the 16th over to Harbhajan Singh. It was an eventful over, as first du Plessis was dropped by Kieron Pollard, then McCullum gave a chance which fell just short of a diving Corey Anderson. Then, on the next ball, Harbhajan finally got his man. He was pumped up after the wicket.

 

du Plessis’s fall brought MS Dhoni to the middle. Dhoni would ideally like to see off this chase alongside McCullum without further hiccups.

 

Earlier in their innings, after restricting the Mumbai Indians to a rather meager score of 141 for seven, Chennai Super Kings began their chase rather silently. They managed just two runs off the first two overs. Pragyan Ojha started the attack for Mumbai, and he started off with a maiden over. It was just the third maiden of the tournament so far.

 

Ojha’s good work was followed up equally well by Zaheer Khan who conceded just two runs off the second over. But then Dwayne Smith seemed to have had enough. After enduring the maiden by Ojha and managing just one run from five Zaheer Khan deliveries, Smith hit Ojha for two big sixes in the third over to get some momentum going.

 

The momentum further shifted to Chennai’s favour as 17 runs were taken off Zaheer Khan’s next over. Smith started the over with a huge six straight over the bowler’s head, and then McCullum hit him for two fours.

 

The carnage by the two Chennai openers meant the arrival of Lasith Malinga into the attack in the fifth over, who conceded just five runs from his first over. Corey Anderson then came into the attack to bowl the final over of the powerplay, and was greeted by his New Zealand captain with a thumping square cut for four. Anderosn yielded 14 runs from his first over.

 

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