Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings by nine runs to notch their first win of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.
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MS Dhoni goes to club Munaf Patel over his favourite wide long-off boundary; the Chidambaram stadium erupts, however, they fail to spot Kieron Pollard patrolling the area. The athletic Trinidadian leaps up in the air near the boundary and takes a spectacular catch to dismiss the Indian captain for 51. With 12 required off the last five, and Nos 10 and 11 at the crease, it was always going to be a difficult ask. Rajpoot swings his bat around, but fails to connect as Mumbai wrap up their first win of the tournament.
CSK 137/8 | Overs 19 | Dhoni 51*, Rajpoot 0*
Mitchell Johnson does well to bowl wide yorkers to MS Dhoni, gets two dot balls and concedes two wides in the bargain. Dhoni gets a couple off the fourth ball, and then smacks Johnson for six to wide long-off, bringing up his fifty. In an ideal finish to the over, Dhoni gets a single off the last ball to keep strike.
12 needed off the last six balls. Munaf Patel (3-0-27-2) will bowl the last over.
CSK 126/8 | Overs 18 | Dhoni 42*, Rajpoot 0*
MS Dhoni spanks Kieron Pollard for a six and a four off the first two balls of the over. Pollard then stops in his run-up to see what Dhoni is thinking; the Chennai skipper responds by pulling out of the next ball after Pollard bowled it. Some smiles exchanged between the two and the crowd love it! Dhoni then helps the West Indian’s wide full-length delivery to the deep point fence. Dhoni takes a single off the fourth ball and gives the strike to Ben Laughlin, who drags the next ball onto the stumps. No 10 Ankit Rajpoot is then refused a single by Dhoni off the last ball.
23 required off 12 balls.
CSK 109/7 | Overs 17 | Dhoni 27*, Laughlin 0*
MS Dhoni punishes a low full toss from Harbhajan Singh into the stands behind wide long-off. Ravichandran Ashwin gives Bhajji the charge, trying to play a similar shot to Dhoni’s, but finds the safe hands of Kieron Pollard in the outfield.
40 required off 18.
CSK 98/6 | Overs 16 | Dhoni 18*, Ashwin 1*
Ravindra Jadeja smacked Munaf Patel through the covers for four off the first ball of the over. Munaf responds by bowling the left-hander the next ball, helped by a low inside edge. Mumbai Indians almost had another wicket, after Ravichandran Ashwin was refused a run by his captain halfway down the track; but a bad throw from Pragyan Ojha at short mid-wicket foiled the chance.
50 required off 24 balls.
CSK 93/5 | Overs 15 | Dhoni 17*, Jadeja 12*
Ravindra Jadeja hits the first six of Chennai’s innings off Harbhajan Singh. Jadeja punishes a full and straight delivery straight down the ground, before MS Dhoni gets the strike and hits a four in the same region. Twenty-three runs have come off the last two overs. CSK are stepping it up.
CSK 80/5 | Overs 14 | Dhoni 12*, Jadeja 4*
MS Dhoni spoils what would have been an excellent over from Kieron Pollard with an upper cut and a slash through cover for four off consecutive deliveries. Mumbai Indians end up conceding 10 runs after the first four balls yielded just two. John Wright then comes out and provides a pep talk to his team in the second Strategic Timeout.
CSK 70/5 | Overs 13 | Dhoni 3*, Jadeja 3*
Pragyan Ojha picks up his second wicket, that of Subramanium Badrinath (16), to leave Chennai Super Kings reeling. Ojha’s delivery from around the wicket pitched on middle, kept low and rapped Badrinath in front of leg-stump. The umpire took about five seconds before giving it out. Ravindra Jadeja walks out at 66 for five to join his captain for what would be a difficult chase from now. These two are the last recognised batting pair for Chennai, who need another 79 runs from 42 balls.
CSK 66/4 | Overs 12 | Badrinath 16*, Dhoni 2*
Kieron Pollard bowls a tight over, save one wide full toss which Subramanium Badrinath tries to whack past point. However, Rohit Sharma dives in to save his side four runs to deny Chennai.
CSK 62/4 | Overs 11 | Badrinath 14*, Dhoni 1*
Pragyan Ojha gets the danger man, Dwayne Bravo, who got a second life after Ricky Ponting dropped a difficult chance at cover. First, Bravo tries to smash Ojha over cover; Ponting gets a hand, but drops the chance. Ojha does not give up and gets Bravo next ball, who gets a thin lower edge for ‘keeper Dinesh Karthik to lap up, albeit on the second try. Cometh the hour — MS Dhoni walks in at No 5 with his team in big trouble.
CSK 56/3 | Overs 10 | Bravo 10*, Badrinath 9*
It’s Trinidad vs Trinidad again. Kieron Pollard gets a bowl against his countryman, Dwayne Bravo, in a reversal of roles from the first innings. However, Subramanium Badrinath is the one who provides the action with a slick upper cut for four.
CSK 49/3 | Overs 9 | Bravo 8*, Badrinath 4*
Pragyan Ojha bowls another tidy over, conceding just five runs. It’s time for the first Strategic Timeout. Chennai Super Kings have a few things to ponder over. They need exactly 100 runs in 11 overs at 9.09.
CSK 44/3 | Overs 8 | Bravo 5*, Badrinath 2*
Harbhajan Singh picks up the big wicket, that of Michael Hussey (20). Bowling around the wicket to the left-hander, Bhajji bowls the quick one; Hussey plays across the line trying to whip it down square-leg, finds the inside edge that drags back on to the stumps.
CSK 40/2 | Overs 7 | Hussey 19*, Bravo 4*
Spin from both ends for Mumbai with Pragyan Ojha coming in. The slow lef-arm orthodox bowler concedes just four runs. Mumbai will be pleased with their start. Chennai wouldn’t be too alarmed yet; both Hussey and Bravo are capable enough of turning it around in a jiffy.
CSK 36/2 | Overs 6 | Hussey 18*, Bravo 2*
Harbhajan Singh bowls the last over of the compulsory fielding restrictions and keeps it tight. Mike Hussey has to step down the track to find the extra cover boundary off the second-last ball to deny Mumbai a maiden.
CSK 32/2 | Overs 5 | Hussey 14*, Bravo 2*
Mitchell Johnson sets Suresh Raina up perfectly before dismissing the Indian left-hander for 10. Johnson bangs it in short as Raina, not the best players of bounce, awkwardly fends. Johnson follows it up with another short ball that keeps low; Raina drags it back onto his pads as the ball loops up in the air. Ricky Ponting comes running in from gully to take a simple catch.
CSK 30/1 | Overs 4 | Hussey 14*, Raina 10*
Michael Hissey caresses Munaf Patel down the ground, and then between gully and point for two boundaries an over where Chennai score 16 runs.
CSK 14/1 | Overs 3 | Hussey 9*, Raina 0*
Michael Hussey hits the first boundary of Chennai’s innings, flicking his countryman Mitchell Johnson for four past square leg. Mumbai then give Hussey a lifeline after Rohit Sharma drops the Australian at first slip.
CSK 10/1 | Overs 2 | Hussey 5*, Raina 0*
Munaf Patel has provided the Mumbai Indians their first breakthrough. The Baroda lad does what he does best, bowl straight and Murali Vijay tries to be a little too cheeky, stepping outside off trying to lift Munaf to the fine-leg fence. However, Vijay misses the ball completely and gets bowled. Just the start Mumbai would have wanted.
CSK 5/0 | Overs 1 | Vijay 3*, Hussey 2*
Mitchell Johnson bowls a tidy first over as the Chennai batsmen score just five runs. The Super Kings have opened with Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey.
Dwayne Bravo and Harbhajan Singh save Mumbai Indians the blushes, hitting 28 runs off the last two overs to take their team to 148 for six against Chennai Super Kings. Will it be enough? Join us in a bit for the chase.
MI 148/6 | Overs 20 | Pollard 57* Harbhajan 21*
Dwayne Bravo bowls the final over; Harbhajan Singh gives the strike to Kieron Pollard first ball. Pollard misses a paddle flick, before spanking Bravo to long-off and tries for two, only for Harbhajan to deny him the second. Harbhajan responds with a massive six down long-on to take Mumbai past 140, before letting Pollard face the last ball. The Trinidadian then spanks his countryman just wide of the sigthscreen to take Mumbai to 148 for six.
MI 133/6 | Overs 19 | Pollard 50* Harbhajan 13*
Ben Laughlin begins the over with two wides before Harbhajan clobbers him to the extra cover fence. Bhajji then gives the strike to Pollard, who spanks the Australian for a flat four down the ground. Pollard then brings up his half-century with a late dab down third-man. Fifty off 35 balls including four fours and as many sixes. Harbhajan takes a single off the last ball to keep strike.
MI 120/6 | Overs 18 | Pollard 45* Harbhajan 7*
Ravichandran Ashwin finishes his four overs with figures of one for 21. Just eight runs are scored off the over as we enter the last two of the innings. Mumbai will be disappointed with anything below 140.
MI 112/6 | Overs 17 | Pollard 38* Harbhajan 6*
The end of an eventful over that involved an animated discussion between two Trinidadians. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard engage in a short verbal duel before Pollard punishes Bravo’s full toss for maximum behind long-off. Pollard then takes a single off the last ball to keep strike.
MI 103/6 | Overs 16 | Pollard 31* Harbhajan 5*
Kieron Pollard takes the aeriel route against Ravichandran Ashwin and clears long-off with a mere flick off the wrists. Just one other run was scored off the over, but you can sense that Pollard wants more.
MI 96/6 | Overs 15 | Pollard 25* Harbhajan 4*
Chennai Super Kings get another economical over in, with Dirk Nannes coming in for a second spell and conceding just four runs. Mumbai have taken the second Strategic Timeout. They need to discuss…well…how to score some runs and not lose wickets. Kieron Pollard has the ability to still take this game away from Chennai if he gets in. The projected score is 128, which will not be enough against this Chennai side.
MI 92/6 | Overs 14 | Pollard 23* Harbhajan 2*
Ravichandran Ashwin bowls a tight over and concedes only two runs as we go into the last six overs of the innings. How far can Mumbai get here?
MI 90/6 | Overs 13 | Pollard 22* Harbhajan 1*
Ravindra Jadeja bowled a superb five balls before Kieron Pollard bludgeoned him straight down the ground for six. Mumbai need Pollard to stick till the end and new man Harbhajan Singh will have to curb his pinch-hitting instincts and support the West Indian.
MI 83/6 | Overs 12 | Pollard 15* Harbhajan 0*
Ravichandrin Ashwin has picked up the wicket of Dwayne Smith to further dent Mumbai Indians. Ashwin tosses it up to Smith, who obliges and smacks it straight down the ground. However, the ball only went as far as Dwayne Bravo at long-on, who takes an easy catch and a does a little jig for the crowd.
MI 79/5 | Overs 11 | Pollard 15* Smith 0*
Ben Laughlin picks up his first wicket in the IPL. The Australia got the wicket of Ambati Rayudu (7) got at third man after the Hyderabadi went to early for a heave and skied the ball. Mumbai are just finding it impossible to build a partnership here.
MI 72/4 | Overs 10 | Rayudu 6*, Pollard 11*
MS Dhoni has finally gone to his go-to man, Ravindra Jadeja. The slow left-armer responded with a typical tight over of five runs as Mumbai reached the halfway stage at 72 for four.
MI 67/4 | Overs 9 | Rayudu 4*, Pollard 8*
Dwayne Bravo has got another one! And it’s the big wicket of Dinesh Karthik (37) , no less! Bravo’s full-length delivery pitched outside off, before cutting in and rapping Karthik bang in front. The umpire took his time to ponder over, but eventually went with Chennai. Kieron Pollard then walked in and hit his West Indian teammate for two boundaries to show Mumbai how its done. Pollard didn’t get a chance to make an impact against Bangalore; he’s got enough time now.
MI 55/3 | Overs 8 | Karthik 33*, Rayudu 4*
Ben Laughlin comes into the attack and bowls a tight over, conceding just six runs. Dinesh Karthik needs to stick around here for Mumbai. He is the key man again, as he was in Bangalore.
MI 49/3 | Overs 7 | Karthik 30*, Rayudu 1*
Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack and dismisses Rohit Sharma (8) first ball! It was a full-length delivery that kept low and cut into the right-hander. Rohit was foxed as the ball clipped the inside edge, before MS Dhoni took a great diving catch to his left. Chennai on top here!
MI 41/2 | Overs 6 | Karthik 24*, Rohit 8*
Suresh Raina spills Dinesh Karthik at point! First, Karthik punished a poor short ball outside off-stump from Ankit Rajpoot, whacking it to the mid-wicket fence. The right-hander then had a go at another widish delivery, targeting the deep point boundary with a cut, but the ball went like a flash towards Raina at point, who dived but spilled the catch. Karthik punished Chennai with a huge six behind deep mid-wicket.
MI 29/2 | Overs 5 | Karthik 13*, Rohit 7*
Ankit Rajpoot dropped Rohit Sharma’s mistimed hook that flew to fine leg as Dirk Nannes missed out on a second wicket. It was a simple catch that should have been taken, but can Rohit make it count? He will not get a better occasion.
MI 23/2 | Overs 4 | Karthik 10*, Rohit 5*
Ankit Rajpoot has sent back Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting in his second over. Ponting tried to pull Rajpoot’s short-pitched delivery, but found the top edge that carried high to Ravichandran Ashwin at first slip. Rohit Sharma then stepped in at No 4 and hit a cracking cover drive for four.
MI 17/1 | Overs 3 | Ponting 6*, Karthik 10*
Dinesh Karthik is taking too many chances that are not required at this early stage of the match. Nannes almost had his second wicket, off a full toss no less, after Karthik’snothing-shot just fell short of Murali Vijay at mid off.
MI 11/1 | Overs 2 | Ponting 4*, Karthik 7*
Dinesh Karthik hit the first boundary of the innings as Mumbai Indians look to recover after Tendulkar’s wicket. Ricky Ponting has to shoulder the responsibility here of parrying his team through the early wobbles.
MI 4/1 | Overs 1 | Ponting 3*, Karthik 1*
Dirk Nannes has got the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in the very first over of the match! Nannes trapped the little master in front off the fifth ball of the over after Ricky Ponting and Tendulkar had dealt in singles earleir. What a start for Chennai! Tendulkar looks livid walking back. It’s not very often that Tendulkar reacts like this after being dismissed; was there an inside edge? Tough to call as there were two noises.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Match 5 of IPL 2013 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. This is Jaideep Vaidya and I will be bringing you over-by-over updates of what is billed as the biggest clash of the IPL.
Mumbai Indians began their IPL 2013 campaign on a losing note, as they were trumped by defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in the first match of the tournament.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, the winners of the 2010 and 2011 editions would aim to continue their domination at home.