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By Bharath Ramaraj
May 10, 2014
In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai, despite losing a single wicket during the first 10 overs of the innings stuttered a bit. Chennai’s spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin bowled tight overs to keep the opposition ranks on tenterhooks. Even the seamers in their line-up bowled with good control. Among the seamers, Mohit Sharma was the best bowler on view. It eventually led to the dismissal of the opener, Lendl Simmons, who was caught by Faf du Plessis on the boundary line off the bowling of Ashwin for a well-measured innings of 38. It finally meant that Mumbai could get 157 for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs and that too on their home turf.
Actually, Chennai’s spinners went through their overs very quickly and that didn’t help Mumbai’s cause, as their batsmen didn’t have much time to settle down at the crease and up the ante against parsimonious bowlers. Even someone like Rohit Sharma known for playing shots wasn’t able to get things going. Kieron Pollard too lost the plot and got out early.It was left to Ambati Rayudu to play fine strokes to at least take them to a fighting total on the board. Corey Anderson chipped in with a few hefty blows right at the end.
Chennai’s fielding though, was a bit of a letdown. Samuel Badree dropped a catch off Ambati Rayudu at deep third man and there were also mis-fields. du Plessis though, made up for it with a fine piece of fielding at long-off to prevent a six. However, they would be happy with their bowling effort.
The wicket though, is holding up a bit and Mumbai can take heart from that. Chennai still will fancy their chances of chasing down the target against Mumbai. Historically, Mumbai have held the upper-hand against Chennai. This is Chennai’s chance to win a game against their arch-rivals.
Earlier, Chennai won the toss and elected to field. Mumbai made one change at top of the order as Lendl Simmons was asked to open the batting. The right-handed batsman along with CM Gautam started cautiously.
For Chennai, Badree, the quickish leg-spinner bowled a fine first over. He bowled good lines and lengths and didn’t give any room for the batsmen to free their arms and hits through the line. Ishwar Pandey bowled the second over of the game. He found a little bit of movement away from the batsmen during his first over.
Gautam opened his shoulders by playing two fine shots during the third over of the game, while facing Badree the leg-spinner. He used the depth of the crease well. He though, finally got out to Badree while trying to play a sweep across the line. Rayudu then came into bat at No 3 position.
Mumbai Indians 157 for 6 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 38, Ambati Rayudu 59; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 30, Mohit Sharma 1 for 26) vs Chennai Super Kings.
(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)
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